Matt.4:19 – And ordering the crowds to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looked up toward heaven. He blessed the food and breaking the loaves, He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
We all know that this story is about more than bread and fish and hungry bellies. Jesus Himself said that this miracle was a picture of the manna in the wilderness. He also said, “Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. Jesus is the bread from heaven. He is also called the word of God. God’s word is our daily bread. The early church fathers saw the five books of the law in the five loaves of bread. They also believed that in the breaking of the bread Jesus was picturing the breaking and unveiling of the law and the prophets in Christ. Here is how Jerome describes this.
“He looked up to heaven that he might teach them to keep their eyes focused there. He then took in hand five loaves of bread and two fish; he broke the loaves and gave the food to the disciples. By the breaking of the bread, he makes it into a seedbed of food—for if the bread had been left intact and not pulled apart and broken into pieces, they would have been unable to feed the great crowds of men, women and children. The law with the prophets are therefore pulled apart and broken into pieces. Mysteries are made manifest, so that what did not feed the multitude of people in its original whole and unbroken state now feeds them in its divided state.”
Today we can see Christ clearly in the pages of the Old Testament. From the seed of the woman in Genesis to the Sun of Righteousness in Malachi. Christ is now clearly seen in every book of the Old Testament. The bread has been broken and the revelation of Christ is streaming out to all of those who feast on this bread from heaven. Isaiah spoke to us about the One who bore our sicknesses and diseases, David saw Him as the heavenly High Priest, and Daniel saw Him as the Son of Man Who will reign on the eternal throne. There was more than fish and bread being served up that day in the wilderness; thankfully more than fish and bread are being served as we gather with His people and break His bread together. We are feasting on the living word of God.