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Topic: Help (02/20/06)
TITLE: The Great Provider
By Karen Frantz
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“Jamel, Jamel, Jesus is down at the shore with His disciples. I have never seen such a large crowd of people following Him. Come, we must go. Eli shouted.
Eli was Jamel’s best friend. He had been down at the shore mending fishing nets. As the boat that carried Jesus came into shore Eli watched as Jesus and his disciples got out of the boat and started to walk up the shore to a deserted spot on one of the hillsides. Then all of a sudden they were surrounded by a large crowd of people.
Eli left his mending and ran quickly into the small village to find Jamel, who was just finishing his morning chores. He saw Eli running towards him. Jamel couldn’t believe his ears; Jesus the Messiah, here was it true. He wanted to go see for himself. He knew if he went he would stay to hear what Jesus had to say. So he quickly grabbed five small barley loaves and two small fishes. He wrapped them in a piece of cloth. Then he and Eli took off running for the hillside.
They reached the place where Jesus was and Jamel couldn’t believe his eyes. There were more people than he had ever seen. Men, women and children dotted the hillside. Jamel and Eli couldn’t get close enough to hear or see Jesus. They squeezed in and between the people until at last they were in a spot where they could see and hear the Messiah. Jamel was in awe, he wished he could get closer. He wanted to be sure and not miss a single thing. But the crowd was much too large and they must have been there for hours.
Jesus was talking to his disciples. Then Jamel noticed the disciples had picked up some baskets and they began walking through the crowd speaking to the people. The people
were shaking their head ‘no’.
Suddenly Jamel felt a hand on his shoulder. He turned, thinking it was Eli, but Eli was standing off to the side of Jamel . Jamel turned all the way around and saw a very tall man looking at him.
“My name is Andrew, I’m with Jesus.” Jamel noticed the man was holding an empty basket. “I was wondering if you could help us feed this crowd. We need any and all food that you might have.” Andrew said.
Jamel was stunned how could he help feed such a huge crowd with only five loaves of barley bread and two very small fishes?
“Well sir, all I have are five small loaves of bread and two very small fishes. You are welcome to all I have but it isn’t going to go very far.”
“Thank you, we’ll see what Jesus will do.” Andrew replied.
He ask Jamel to follow him. Jamel was shaking as he motioned for Eli to follow too. When they reached Jesus, Andrew showed Jesus the five small loaves of bread and the two small fishes.
“This is all we were able to collect, how can we feed such a large crowd?” Andrew asked.
Jesus smiled and then he looked right into Jamel’s and Eli’s eyes. Andrew told Jesus about Jamel’s willingness to help by giving all he had. Jesus smiled and touched Jamel’s cheek with his hand.
“Thank You, Jamel, you have helped in a big way.” Jesus said.
A big way, Jamel thought, with only five small loaves and two small fishes.
Jesus just smiled at him and Eli. Then He talked with his disciples giving them instructions on distributing the food. He then lifted the basket holding the loaves of bread and the fishes and He gave thanks. Then the disciples distributed the bread and fishes.
The people ate as much as they wanted. When they were full the disciples, at the direction of Jesus, collected twelve baskets of leftovers.
Jesus looked over at Jamel and Eli, who were finishing their bread and fish.
“Thank you for helping, Jamel, you helped feed a multitude today.”
Jamel stopped chewing, swallowed his mouthful of food and smiled a big toothy smile at Jesus.
Jamel and Eli walked home that evening talking about the miracle of Jesus feeding such a large crowd with five small loaves of bread and two small fishes.
“Just think I helped Jesus!” Jamel said with a big grin.
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