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Mark 6 : 30-44 30The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. 35When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; 36send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” 37But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?” 38And he said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” When they had found out, they said “Five, and two fish.” 39Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. 44So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. 41Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. 42And all ate and were filled; 43and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieced and of the fish. 44Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men. New Revised Standard Version Bible In interpretation of Mark’s gospels it is important to take into account vario... ... middle of paper ... ...2 “all ate and were satisfied,” was another element of the story’s background that may have been based again on Elisha’s feeding of 100 men (2 Kgs 4: 42-44). In this story all had eaten and there were even leftovers. In verse 43, “twelve baskets full of fragments”, in Greek klasmata, “fragments”, which appears in a Eucharistic context in Did. 9. The number twelve is thought to have symbolic reference to Israel. The deeper spiritual dimensions of the miracle are to be spiritually discerned and illustrate Jesus’ words, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matt. 5: 6). There is no indication that the disciples understand the inner meaning of what Jesus has done (Elwell, 1989). With the elements of historical, theological, and literary context it is easy to see and engage in Mark’s Gospels and the underlying messages.
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