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“And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.” Matthew 14:20-21.

Comment:

So great is the captivating power of the Truth that the multitude who were listening to Jesus Christ in the wilderness could not leave for home as evening approached.  But remained to listen to the wonderful truths he was dispensing.  On a certain occasion, when they were in a desert place, the disciples appealed to Jesus Christ to send the multitude away so that they would find food to eat from neighbouring villages.  But Christ told them: “They need not depart; give ye them to eat”.  The disciples said they had only five loaves and two fishes.  Christ commanded them to bring what they had and he directed the multitude to sit on the grass and, after blessing the five loaves and two fishes in the name of God, he broke them into fragments and directed that they should give them to the people.  Miraculously, the food kept multiplying until everybody was satisfied.  Christ then directed that the left over fragments should be gathered in baskets.  These filled twelve baskets.  The miracle was done to show that God Almighty is the Creator of all things.  The event also showed that Jesus Christ worried not only about the spiritual aspects of people's life, but also about their physical needs.  He also showed that we should avoid wastes, hence he directed them to keep the fragments that were left over.  In the Kingdom of God fully established, people will not labour before they eat. - Isaiah 65:24 and Revelation 7:16.

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