Mt. 14:14-21; Mk. 6:33-44; Lk. 9:11-17; Jn. 6:2-14
The rest that Jesus had planned did not happen. Since the time was near for the Feast of the Passover, there were thousands of people traveling toward Jerusalem. They had seen and heard of some of the miracles that Jesus had performed and when they saw Him and the disciples get into the boat, they ran ahead along the shore and met them when they arrived on the other side. Because of the compassion He had for their needs, Jesus healed the sick among them and He taught them about the kingdom of heaven.
As it was getting late in the day, the disciples realized that there was no food and asked Jesus to send the people away.
Jesus had another idea. There was a small boy present who had five barley loaves and two small fish. The loaves were about the size of crackers and the fish were about the size of sardines.
After Jesus blessed the food, it was distributed among the people. Those five loaves and two fish fed about five thousand men plus the women and children who were present, possibly a total of fifteen or twenty thousand. Twelve baskets full of scraps were also picked up.