Jesus didnt wan’t to do miracles

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INTRODUCTION

Sunday mass August 2 we read Mt 14,13-21 about the miracle of the bread and fish. As you know from my page about Miracles I do not believe in all those miracle stories. They are not important. The important his Jesus kerygma.

Jesus said according to Mt 16:4 :

An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign,
and there will be no sign given to it, 
except for the sign of the prophet Jonah.”

INDEX

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The text

( N:B. The texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Feeding the Five Thousand

14,13-21 says:

14:18 He said, “Bring them here to me.”
14:19 He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass, and he took the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he blessed, broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the multitudes.
14:20 They all ate and were filled. They took up twelve baskets full of that which remained left over from the broken pieces.
14:21 Those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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The message

Comparing the Gospels

the “Feeding of the 5,000”, is reported by all four gospels
(Matthew 14:13-21Mark 6:31-44Luke 9:12-17John 6:1-14).(Read more in Wiki )

To compare the stories I added these
with the oldest (Mark) first in this table: 

Mark 6:40-44;

40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And all ate and were filled; 43 and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.

Mt 14:13-21

Those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

 

Luke 9:12-17

And he said to his disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 They did so and made them all sit down. 16 And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17 And all ate and were filled.

John 6:1-14

10 Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so theyc] sat down, about five thousand in all. 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.

 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”

This was the first miracle with thousands of “guests”.

He did this first miracle near the lake of Galilee. Having the people sit in groups of 0 or 100 is a time-consuming task. We have to consider that families maybe did not want to be separated by their children especially newborns.

Counting up to 5000 is not an easy task 2000 years ago. Who could have done that?  Matthew was before tax-collector so he was maybe the one who could count such large numbers maybe with the help of a abacus. the fishermen disciples selling fish, maybe could do that too.

The early Christians taught these miracles to be important not considering Jesus’ own opinion about these ( Mt 16:4). At their time you had to do supernatural things at least like Moes, to be considered worthy to listen to.

At the marriage of Cana, they made Jesus into a God of wine Bacchus. (John 2:1–11). The gospel writer of John had a big need to make Jesus a miracle man, a wizard.

They took inspiration from Isaia 55:1-3 about the miracle of the fish and bread, from Moses. Jesus mus realize  Isaia 55:1-3 to be regarded as a God.

At the marriage of Cana, they made Jesus into the Roman God of wine Bacchus. (John 2:1–11).

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conclusion

As said in my introduction, Jesus said according to Mt 16:4 :

An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign,
and there will be no sign given to it, 
except for the sign of the prophet Jonah.”

Jesus wanted us to listen and not to believe in him thanks to miracles. So I strongly doubt this fish bread story.

But I had an interesting association with this miracle.

The real miracle came after Jesus’ death. There are an estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world most of them taking the bread at eucharistic / communion on Sundays,

I wonder if they believe in Jesus because of his miracles or because of his kerygma. Many do not follow his commandments.

 

 

 

 


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