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20 loaves of bread

Anyone who is familiar with the Bible knows of the miracle Jesus performed when he fed 5,000 men, along with their wives and children, with five loaves of bread and two fish.  Few are aware that the prophet Elisha performed a similar miracle.

A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And Elisha said, “Give to the men, that they may eat.”

But his servant said, “How can I set this before a hundred men?”

So he repeated, “Give them to the men, that they may eat, for thus says the LORD, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’”

So he set it before them. And they ate and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.
2 Kings 4:42-44

This miracle was on a much smaller scale than the one Jesus performed since Elisha had twenty loaves while Jesus only had five.  We aren’t told how big the loaves were but they must have been smaller than the loaves we buy at the grocery store today or feeding one hundred men with them wouldn’t have been a problem.  If the disciples had recalled this incident perhaps they wouldn’t have been so surprised when Jesus fed a much larger crowd with a smaller amount of food.

Our daily bread

When the disciples of Jesus asked him to teach them to pray he gave them a model prayer called the Lord’s prayer which included this request:

Give us each day our daily bread.
Luke 11:3

We ask this because our bodies need food in order to function properly.  But we need more than just nourishment for our bodies. Read the rest of this entry

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