1. Exposition

How does this work of Christ differ from similar miracles in the time of Moses and Elijah?

Mark 6:41 (ESV)

41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all.

The miraculous meal that now follows (6:41) could be compared to the manna-miracle in the desert or with the multiplication of bread at the time of Elisha (2 Kings 4:42–44). Jesus’ work, however, differs from these events not only in its magnitude (more people are fed with fewer means) but especially in its execution. Moses and Elisha speak about what Yahweh would do. Jesus does it himself. He takes the five loaves and the two fish and by his hands they are multiplied: he breaks the loaves (κατακλάω only here and in Luke 9:16 points to an intensive breaking that continues) and he gives the fish to them all.1