It was early morning. Peter and some of the other disciples of Jesus had gone back to fishing. But it was an unproductive night. They caught nothing.
In those early morning hours, Jesus stood on the shore, but Peter and his friends did not realize that it was Jesus.
“Friends, do you any fish?” he called out to them. When they answered “no,” he told them to throw their net on the right side of the boat. When they did, the number of fish was so large they were unable to haul the net in.
“Bring some of the fish you have just caught,” said Jesus. He would add those to the fire of burning coals where he already had some fish.
Peter dragged the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 in all!
“Come and have breakfast,” said Jesus, and he served them bread and fish. (John 21:4-14)
This might have been the only time he served them breakfast. When they traveled they were so busy with the crowds that they were not even able to eat.
Jesus was aware of it, and he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31).
Some women went with Jesus and his disciples in his travels “helping to support them out of their own means” (Luke 8:3). I’m sure they did the cooking.
FISH AND BREAD FOR THOUSANDS
There are two account of Jesus multiplying fish and bread to feed thousands. One time he fed 5,000 men with five small barley loaves of bread and two small fish. There must have been at least 20,000 there, adding the women and children. After the meal they had more left-over than what they started out with! (See John 6:1-13.)
Another time Jesus fed 4,000 (not counting women and children) with seven loaves of bread and some small fish.
BREAD FROM HEAVEN
The most miraculous provision ever must have been the manna, bread that rained down from heaven. During forty years the Israelites gathered this food every day, except on the Sabbath. It was like coriander seed and looked like resin. They would ground it, cook it in a pot or make it into cakes. It tasted like something made with olive oil.
People grumbled, complaining that they were tired of eating the same thing day in and day out. They wanted meat! So God said they would eat it. Not for just one or two days, but for a whole month, until it would come out of their nostrils and they would loathe it.
But Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ 22 Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?”
23 The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”
31 Now a wind went out from the LORD and drove quail in from the sea. It brought them down all around the camp to about three feet above the ground, as far as a day’s walk in any direction. 32 All that day and night and all the next day the people went out and gathered quail. No one gathered less than ten homers. Then they spread them out all around the camp. (Numbers 11:21-23, 31)
I was all caught up in these food miracles when I got a knock on the door. I love it when someone knocks on my door. It’s not very often. So we spent the evening chatting and minutes can easily turn into hours. I never did finish writing about miracles.
Tomorrow we’ll continue!