Miraculous Food

The Lord has established his throne in heaven and his Kingdom rules overall.

–Ps 103:19

For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.

–Ps 47:2

One of the necessities of life is food.  It’s true we need air and water too, but where food is concerned it’s all encompassing.  We have to be nurtured with bodily and spiritual victuals.  Any discussion of these requirements means every morsel of food that’s required for our sustenance.  We don’t know exactly what that means in heaven.  But as Christ performed miracles he often showed his power over nature.

Feeding of 5,000

The feeding of the 5,000 in Mt 14:15-21, Mk 6:35-44, Lk 9:12-17 and Jn 6:6-13 comes to mind.  So does the feeding of the 4,000 in Mt 15:32-38 and Mk 8:1-9.  These miracles provided glimpses of heaven.  To briefly recall the first event Jesus said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat? (Jn 6:5).  These people were all assembled in an isolated place.  The disciples felt that this crowd should be sent away to surrounding villages and the countryside to find food and lodging.  Jesus in asking this question was merely testing them.  When it was discovered there was a lad with five barley loaves of bread and two small fish.

Jesus used these loaves and fishes to perform an incredible miracle.  But first he had the crowd sit down in groups about fifty on the green grass, and with the loaves and fishes that the disciples brought him he looked up to heaven, gave thanks, and broke the loaves.  It was to heaven where he looked.  This was the place he addressed, and after came the miraculous multiplication of these offerings.  These gifts were distributed to the crowd.  They all ate and were satisfied.  Of the broken pieces which were left over the disciples picked up twelve baskets of broken pieces.

Feeding of 4,000

It was clear that heaven was a place of abundance, and this was where Jesus requested this favor for the crowd.  For the feeding of the 4,000 Jesus gave us another glance of heaven as he showed compassion on the crowd.  These people had been with him for three days with nothing to eat.  His disciples again expressed doubt.  They said, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”  (Mt 15:33).  Jesus simply asked, “How many loaves do you have?” (Mt 15:34, Mk 8:5).  They told him seven and a few small fish.  Once again the King of the Universe gave thanks and broke them, and turned over the multiplication to the disciples to distribute to the crowd.  Once more the people ate and were satisfied, and they picked up seven baskets of broken pieces.

Undoubtedly, heaven is a unique place.  It’s where we ought to focus, give thanks, and be compassionate to others.  Like Christ we’ll experience incredible results on earth.  Earth is where we’ll have our first taste of heaven.

 

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