In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
The Lord tested Philip and Philip failed. Unlike the Canaanite woman whose faith was praised two weeks ago, Philip has misplaced his faith. He has placed it on himself, on his fellow disciples, on earthly provision. Jesus asked him, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But there wasn’t a place to buy bread. There wasn’t a Giant Eagle there in the wilderness, but even if there had been, that wouldn’t be the answer. But Philip can’t see that. He looks at Jesus and says in frustration, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” He looks at a crowd of 5,000, plus women and children—maybe 15,000 in all—and says that roughly $28,000 worth of food isn’t even enough to give everyone a meager portion. And then Andrew chimes in: “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” In other words, This is useless. What have you done, Jesus?
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