Thoughts and questions, w. b. 10 MAy 2020
As we pick up the story in John chapter 6 it appears that Jesus already has a massive following. They were aware of the healings (v2) and were probably drawn also by His teachings.
- If you had to choose, which is more appealing to you, Jesus’ teaching or His miracles?
- If you had the opportunity to go and be within the Bible story, where would you have liked to have seen Jesus, or what would you liked to have seen Him doing?
For whatever reason, Jesus, within this story, does not turn to His closest disciples (Peter, James and John), but to two others – one he asks what to do, the other provides for a miracle to take place.
- Why do you think Jesus asked Philip where to go for a solution to the problem? – v5
- What sort of problems did Philip see at that time, and how could it have been sorted?
A boy brings his shopping to Andrew, who in turn brings it to Jesus.
- What must have gone through the boy’s or Andrew’s minds as they compared the shopping bag contents with the size of the crowd? – v9
- Why do you think John (likewise Matthew, Mark and Luke) thought it important to include the approximate size of the crowd? – v10
- What, do you think, is the most amazing thing about this miracle?
- What, if anything, does this story of provision say to you about your situation in life?
- What sort of problems are you facing?
Philip and Andrew responded to the ‘problem’ in different ways. They were both right, but neither could have fed the crowd by themselves.
- Is there anything you can bring to God, other than your thoughts, worries and fears, as Andrew brought the shopping bag to Jesus? See Ps 55:22; 1 Peter 5:7