15. Feeding the 5000
Laura James (1971 - )
Acrylics on wood, painted frame
16 x 16
Jesus stands in the center of this piece with the twelve disciples and the sea teeming with fishes behind
Him. When there was not enough food to feed the crowd that had gathered to hear the Lord speak,
Jesus took the loaves and fishes of a small boy and turned them into more than enough food to feed the
entire assembly. The multitude fills the foreground as Jesus reaches out to feed one man.
Matthew 14: 13-21
13When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of
this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he
had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15As evening approached, the disciples came to him
and said, "This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to
the villages and buy themselves some food." 16Jesus replied, "They do not need to go away. You give
them something to eat." 17"We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered.
18"Bring them here to me," he said. 19And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the
five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he
gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20They all ate and were satisfied,
and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21The number of
those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.