John 6:5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
Goodness! There He is again, asking people stuff He already knows! “Give me water.” “Where are we going to get food for people?”
Growing up, whenever I couldn’t find my clothes, or shoes or …. I would holler to my mom, “Mom, where’s my…?” and she would answer, “Last time I wore it I put it away!” Now, seriously, my mom is petite, but not 8yr old petite…I think I was only my mom’s size for about 3 seconds at the age of 13 – and no self respecting Mom would wear a 13yr old’s clothes. It took me a while to understand that she was giving me clues about what I SHOULD be doing. But it was SOOOOO irritating – thanks mom -.
I wonder if the disciples ever got irritated by Jesus questions? You know, Philip answers “it’ll take 8 months of pay to buy that much food!” Was he tempted to roll his eyes at Jesus? Did he feel completely inadequate? Was he frustrated that he couldn’t complete the task Jesus might be asking of him? I would be. I would be so defeated! And then Andrew offers some stupid fish and bread…unbelievable. Show off. Like that’s gonna help. (OK, I may have attitude issues) So what does Jesus do? He USES the stupid fish and bread! Ugh.
…but then again, they were pretty hungry. And it is super cool that Jesus fed all those people with just a little fish and bread.
I am going to go eat dinner now. I am going to thank Jesus that I don’t have to wonder where my next meal is coming from. I don’t have to figure everything out. Jesus asks. But He has the answer.
Thank you Jesus.