6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
Today’s verse falls in the larger narrative of Jesus feeding five thousand people. We read in the preceding verses how Jesus healed the sick and as a result the crowd followed him. In this narrative Jesus will preform a different kind of miracle by using 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fish to feed everyone. However all these miracles were done in public for all to see, but in today’s verse we see how Jesus reveals another miracle or attribute of himself in an intimate and private setting. Jesus asked Philip how they would feed these people. Jesus asked this question not because he didn’t know the answer, but by asking this question it reveals to Philip and the disciples that he is omniscient (all-knowing). Jesus functions outside of time. We see this attribute in Revelation 2:1-7 where the Angel (who has been sent by God) tells the church of Ephesus who at some point adored and loved Jesus has turned away from their first love. By employing the phrase ‘I know thy works’ in Revelation it reveals that God is all-knowing. Nothing escapes Him. We pray to a God that operates outside of human capacity (Con – Discipleship Director).
Thoughts for the day
- When you pray to God, do you believe that He knows everything, or do you pray with doubt as if He doesn’t know the answer or situation?
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Short prayers for the day, “Jesus; let me see you”, “God, I belong to you”, “Holy Spirit, come”.