Seeds of the Kingdom 30 August 2022 | Five Small Barley Loaves

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Five Small Barley Loaves
by Morna Gillespie

Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many. John 6:9, NIV

Seeds of the Kingdom 30 August 2022 MESSAGE

The story of the miraculous feeding of a crowd of 5000 men, plus women and children, is in all four of the Gospels, so it must have been a significant event for those who were there. Jesus had just had a tough week, but instead of trying to hide and get rest for Himself, He had compassion on the crowd who followed Him. ‘He welcomed them and spoke to them about the Kingdom of God and healed those who needed healing.’ (Luke 9:11).

None of the gospels record what He actually taught, but I wonder if He told parables similar to those when He spoke about the Kingdom of God being like a pearl of great price or being like a treasure found in a field that the person who found it sold all he had to buy the field. Or perhaps He simply spoke about how that Kingdom of God was near.

What about the boy who provided the starting point for the miracle of feeding this great crowd? Did his spirit come alive as he listened to Jesus speak about the Kingdom of God? Is that why he knew he had to offer the little that he had, just five small barley loaves and two small fish. He could have faced ridicule for bringing so little to such a great need.

Sometimes we can worry that we only have a little to give of our time, our resources, or our abilities. We think that someone else could do it better, bigger, or quicker than us. But the young boy was so impacted by Jesus that he knew all he had to do was to give what he had, and then leave it to Jesus to bring the multiplication.

‘Jesus took the loaves and gave thanks and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish’ (John 6:11)

Seeds of the Kingdom 30 August 2022 PRAYER

Father, help me to turn my worry into thanksgiving, because You provide for all my needs. You always want to welcome me into Your presence, to tell me of the things of the Kingdom, and to heal my hurts and wounds. Help me to look to You and know that You love me as I am. Amen.


Seeds of the Kingdom 30 August 2022 Daily Devotional by Morna Gillespie. Morna’s first experience of Ellel was going to the Modular weekends at Ellel Grange. She has been at Pierrepont since 2000 when she came on NETS during a sabbatical year from her work as an ecologist. At that time, she had been suffering from chronic pain in her arm joints for 6 years. Three weeks into NETS, God sovereignly healed her joints and took away the pain! She came on team at Pierrepont in January 2002. Her first role was producing PowerPoint visuals from the hundreds of acetates that were in use, and she worked in various departments before becoming NETS Director in 2010.