1. Not long after this another immense crowd gathered to hear Him, and again the meeting went long...so long, in fact, that it turned into a three-day event. And, as was the case before, they had nothing to eat, because they had not been prepared for the length of the meeting. And once again Jesus called His disciples to Himself and told them,
2. "I really feel for these people...My heart goes out to them...for they have been with Me now three whole days, and have nothing left to eat;
3. I can't send them away hungry, trying to get back to their homes on empty stomachs. I don't want them and their children to faint on the road. For some of them it's quite a journey...many of them have come a very long way."
4. And, even though they had fairly recently seen Him multiply a little bit of food and feed thousands with it, His disciples replied to Him, "How can anyone adequately feed these people with a few loaves of bread out here in the middle of nowhere?
5. And, again ignoring their finite concept of abundance and supply, He asked them, "How many loaves do you have here?" And they very matter-of-factly replied, "Seven."
6. And, as before, He commanded the multitude to spread out on the ground, and then took the seven loaves of bread, gave thanks for what He had to work with, and started breaking them apart. And, also as before, He kept on breaking them, and giving them to His disciples to serve to the hungry people. And as the bread multiplied, they placed it before the crowd.
7. And they also discovered that they had a few small fish there, so He took them, as well. And when He had praised God, given thanks, and blessed them, He ordered that they should also be served to the people, along with the bread.
8. And the crowd ate and all the people were satisfied. Afterward, the disciples took up seven large provision baskets full of the broken pieces left over.
9. This time there were about 4,000 people there. And after He had finished feeding them, He dismissed them,
10. And immediately got into a boat with His disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha, also known as Magdala.