As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. 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 the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Jesus sets the table! If you would count women and children it could have been up to 15,000. Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana seats close to 17,000 people.
According to the concessions manager the following items were sold at the Indiana v Wisconsin game, on Saturday, March 12, 1994 (per my telephone conversation with him on March 15, 1994)...
• 400 1bs of hot dogs,
• 3,000 popcorn boxes,
• 8,200 cokes (about 1,000 gallons)
• 684 candy bars,
• 436 nachos,
• 284 boxes of caramel corn,
• 917 soft pretzels,
• 247 polish sausages,
• 100 sandwiches,
• 179 bags of peanuts,
• 50 muffins,
• 160 cups of coffee.
And fans had to pay for their food! Jesus feeds the crowd freely, without cost!
When we pray, "give us this day our daily bread" we can know that the Savior will supply us with all that we need to support our body and life!
Heavenly Father, though we do not deserve Your goodness, still You provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may acknowledge Your gifts, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
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