The Feast is Not Over

The Feast is Not Over

August 20, 2017

13 In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a
layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the
wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 15 When the Israelites
saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses
said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is what the Lord
has commanded: ‘Gather as much of it as each of you needs, an omer to a person
according to the number of persons, all providing for those in their own tents.’” 17 The
Israelites did so, some gathering more, some less. 18 But when they measured it with an
omer, those who gathered much had nothing over, and those who gathered little had no
shortage; they gathered as much as each of them needed. 19 And Moses said to them, “Let
no one leave any of it over until morning.” 20 But they did not listen to Moses; some left
part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul. And Moses was angry with
them. 21 Morning by morning they gathered it, as much as each needed; but when the sun
grew hot, it melted. (Ex. 16:13-21 NRSV)
13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by
himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When
he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their
sick. 15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place,
and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and
buy food for themselves.” 16 Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them
something to eat.” 17 They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.”
18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the
grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and
broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the
crowds. 20 And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken
pieces, twelve baskets full. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides
women and children. (Mt. 14:13-21 NRSV)

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