luke 9:13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.
You have to wonder what it was like being one of the 12 disciples. They saw Jesus turn water into wine and doing other miracles from healing people to casting out demons. We really don't know what was in the minds of the 12 disciples. Jesus had just given the 12 power to do miracles from sending them out to heal the sick to casting out demons. The reason for this was to preach the gospel (Luke 9:1-3) I would think that they had the power as long asd they stayed in/with Jesus.
I wonder if Jesus was testing to see where the 12 disciples faith was. They had just come back telling Jesus all they did and Jesus asked, "you give them to eat". Could have this been a test to see what they would do. Imagine if they had tried what Jesus did, how surprised Jesus may have been. Well they answered as any logical man would do.
I think the problem was is they just figured that Jesus would always be with them and were not in a process of learning. I guess they did not understand what was going on when Jesus told them he would not be with them in the future. They did not realize that this time was a time of learning so they could do what Jesus did. It is like when you are under some leader, you just do your job but never expect to take the leaders job. Example, like being a child and mom is cooking dinner; the child just goes along for the ride rather than learning himself. One day the child will grow up and have to cook for themselves.
Jesus said," Give ye them to eat." This statement also applies to us today. We are to preach the gospel, show Love and allow Jesus to shine in us and through us to reach others for Him. Are we just riding along and just being content being saved or are we learning so we can also do what Jesus did?
We have been given the authority to do the same works Jesus did on earth. The only question we have to ask ourselves is are we willing to take the steps in Faith, to put our self in situations where God can work? Something to think about.
Ye give them to eat.
(Joh 15:5) I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
(Act 4:13) Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.