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Jesus took care of the crowd’s hunger, but the miracle served the preaching of the word, which was His first priority.

BibleGateway: John 6:1-15

ESV Text: John 6:1-15

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     1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. 2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. 3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. 4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. 5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? 6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, 9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? 10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. 12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. 13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. 14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.

     15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 443:
O Lord of Heaven and Earth and Sea

— Organ Audio

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1. O Lord of heaven and earth and sea, 
To Thee all praise and glory be. 
How shall we show our love to Thee, 
Who givest all? 

2. The golden sunshine, vernal air, 
Sweet flowers and fruit, Thy love declare. 
When harvests ripen, Thou art there, 
Who givest all. 

3. For peaceful homes and healthful days, 
For all the blessings earth displays, 
We owe Thee thankfulness and praise, 
Who givest all. 

4. Thou didst not spare Thine only Son, 
But gav’st Him for a world undone, 
And freely with that Blessed One 
Thou givest all. 

5. Thou giv’st the Spirit’s holy dower, 
Spirit of Life and Love and Power, 
And dost His sevenfold graces shower 
Upon us all. 

6. For souls redeemed, for sins forgiven, 
For means of grace and hopes of heaven, 
What can to Thee, O Lord, be given 
Who givest all? 

7. We lose what on ourselves we spend; 
We have as treasure without end 
Whatever Lord, to Thee we lend, 
Who givest all; 

8. To Thee, from whom we all derive 
Our life, our gifts, our power to give. 
Oh, may we ever with Thee live, 
Who givest all! 

Hymn: LSB 849 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness