The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”
They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”
“How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.”
When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”
Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand. Mark 6:30-44
Tabgha is generally considered the place where Jesus multiplied the loaves of bread and fish (also Luke 9:10-17). One of the pastors with us shared a short message with us, to help us tie where we were at with its significance with the Bible.
What I took out of what was shared: “God will only multiply what we have in our hands. He will only multiple what we are willing to give to Him. He will only ask for all that we have to see if we will trust Him when we have nothing else left to give. If we keep our eyes on circumstances, the need in front of us, the thing in our hands, we can never see what God wants to do and the multiplication He can produce.”
Today as I was doing my quiet time, I was reading about the manna that God gave to the Israelites. I was reminder of John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” And Matthew 4:19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Maybe it is no coincidence that Jesus multiplied bread and fish. As we partake of the Bread of Life, we are more inclined to be fishers of men. As we allow the Bread to multiply in our lives, He will multiply the fish.