Matthew 15: 35-39. “And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to His disicples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled; and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children. And He sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.”
The pictures of this miracle keep rolling in my mind like a movie. Think of all those people, milling around, exclaiming over the healings they had witnessed; picture the organization that was needed to seat them all in such a way that it was easy to see how many had already eaten; think of the disciples as they walked through the crowds handing out fish and bread. What a great time that must have been!
Seven baskets full of food were left over. These were not small handbaskets, but more the size of our laundry baskets. For sure, it took two hands to carry one!
The story is told so matter-of-factly in the scripture, but there was nothing matter-of-fact about it. I am quite sure that those who were present told the story wherever and whenever they could; they told it to their children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends. “You should have seen it! Jesus kept breaking pieces off the same few loaves and fish, and He never used them up! It was amazing. And it tasted so good. The best fish, the most delicious bread I’ve ever tasted! His followers kept passing out food until everyone was full, and when they began to collect what remained, there were still seven huge baskets full of food! You know, seven is the number of perfection, of completion. I wonder what Jesus was telling us with those seven baskets. . . .and all that happened AFTER He had healed hundreds of people from all kinds of problems. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life! It was no magic trick, either. Saw it with my own eyes, over and over. . . . .I’m so glad I was there!”