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Multiplication of 5 Loaves

Multiplication of 5 Loaves

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DISCUSSION ON MARK 6 : 30 - 44
(A discussion between five friends about an incident recorded in the Bible i.ein the Gospel of Mark chapter 6 verses 30 to 44)
Roshan : Welcome to all for this discussion on Mark 6:30-44
All : Hi
Roshan : If you have your Bible please turn the pages to the portionwhere Mark 6:30-44. Rohit will read it aloud for us. Others pleaselisten & follow carefully.Rohit :Feeding the Five ThousandMark Chapter 6 Verses 30 to 44(NKJV)
30
Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, bothwhat they had done and what they had taught.
31
And He said to them,“Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have timeto eat.
32
So they departed to a deserted place in the boat bythemselves.
33
But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ranthere on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and cametogether to Him.
34
And Jesus, when He came out, saw a greatmultitude and was moved with compassion for them, because theywere like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach themmany things.
35
When the day was now far spent, His disciples came toHim and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour 
is
late.
36
Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country andvillages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.”
37
But He answered and said to them, “You give them something toeat.”And they said to Him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denariiworth of bread and give them
 something 
to eat?”
 
38
But He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.”And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.”
39
Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups onthe green grass.
40
So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties.
41
And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He lookedup to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave
them
to Hisdisciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among
them
all.
42
So they all ate and were filled.
43
And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish.
44
 Now those who had eatenthe loaves were about five thousand men.
Roshan : Before we continue, let us just say a small prayer.
“ Our Loving Heavenly Father, we pray that you would open our eyes to seethe wonders in your word. Please speak to us. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen” 
I think all of you would have understood the story that we read. Pleasespend a few minutes reading silently.Rohit :This incident is also recorded in Mathew 14:13-21, Luke 9:11-21& John 6:1-14. This is the only miracle that Jesus did which is recordedin all the four gospels. In this incident Jesus blessed five loaves & twofishes, he broke it and gave it and 5000 men besides women andchildren ate it and were satisfied.Roshan : Each of the gospel writers has something to say about thismiracle feeding that perhaps the others might have omitted in theirtelling of the story. When they are all put together, an interesting storybegins to unfold before us.Preeti : I find this incident unbelievable. It is like a magic show byJesus.Rahim : When you go to watch a magic show by somebody like aP C Sarkar, you know for sure that what happens there is an illusion.Your eyes are fooled to believe that something has disappeared when itactually hasn’t.
 
Rohit : The audience in a magic show do not participate directly in themagic, at the most one or two volunteers may play some role. But inthis incident everybody ate the bread that Jesus gave and were satisfied.Pooja : The participants in a magic show know the purpose of theirvisit. They are there to appreciate the skills of the magician and beentertained by him. But in this incident nobody knew that Jesus isgoing to feed them.Preeti : Any rational person will not accept this incident. It is aviolation of the scientific law “Matter can neither be created nordestroyed.”Rohit : How is it a violation of scientific law?Preeti : There were 5000 men, assuming there were an identical numberof women and children respectively and that each adult ate 10 loavesand 4 fishes while each child ate 5 loaves and 2 fishes then by doingmath we can arrive at the conclusion that 5 loaves become 1 lakh 25thousand loaves and 2 fishes became 50 thousand fishes.Rahim : I understand what she is trying to say. We can produce theabove quantity of bread easily in a bread factory provided we readilyhave the stock for equivalent quantity of ingredients namely wheatflour, oil etc. If 100 gms of Wheat flour is required for making 5 loavesthen 25000Kgs of wheat flour would be required for such a big crowd.You obviously cannot make 1.25 lakhs of bread with 100 gms of flour.Similarly you would require 50000 fishes for cooking and supplying tothe crowd. This is definitely a supernatural event involvinginstantaneous creation of matter.Roshan : God, the creator is not bound by the natural laws that hemade. What is supernatural for us is natural for Him.Rohit : If you believe that Jesus is God then there is no need to doubt hisability to perform such miraculous signs.

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