Questions about the Feeding of the Five Thousand

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QUESTION 1

There are four accounts in the Gospels where a multitude are fed. Summarize in one sentence each occurrence, and state the Gospel it is found in. Extra credit: When are these various texts Read During the church year?

QUESTION 2

The Church particularly values the spiritual truths presented in the "Feeding of the Five Thousand", so much so, that there is a service constructed around this event. What is it, and when is it served? Describe the service.

QUESTION 3

Why did Jesus enter a ship and cross over the sea immediately after this miracle?

QUESTION 4

According to the Fathers, what great virtue is taught by the sharing of the five loaves and two fishes, and the abundance left over?

QUESTION 5

The Lord makes a point to tell the disciples, who are concerned for the people, and have asked Him to send them away to buy food: "They need not depart; give ye them to eat " Mat 14:16) What is the significance of this instruction?

QUESTION 6

Jesus does a very simple thing before having the apostles distribute the food to the people, that we would do well to emulate at all times. What is it?

QUESTION 7

There is a mystical meaning to the five thousand, and the five loaves and two fishes. What is it?

QUESTION 8

There is an outer and inner meaning to the twelve baskets full. What is it?

QUESTION 9

According to one account, the is miracle was the precursor to another teaching, wondrous to behold, about another kind of bread. Which?

QUESTION 10

The Feeding of the five thousand occurred at what part of Jesus' ministry (early, in the middle, or late)?





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