Miraculous Feeding Question
I know there has been significant discussion as to why there are two miraculous feedings in the synoptic gospels. Why 5000 men and then 4000 shortly thereafter. What’s with the significance of five loaves and two fish and seven loaves and a few little fish? Then there’s the leftovers, and the apparent significance of them (Mk. 8:19ff). And I’m sure these are all important questions and fruitful discussions. But I’m just amazed at the disciples. Even granting that there may have been weeks or months between the two feedings, how could the disciples have forgotten? Why do they seem just as troubled with the same setting: a great, hungry multitude in the wilderness in need of bread. Was there something about the first miracle that made it seem less miraculous? If I were a disciple, I would have been looking for more chances to get stranded in the wilderness and hungry. Maybe instead of bread, I would have brought four crab cakes and two bowls of coconut shrimp soup. Or whatever sounded good. I just don’t get how the disciples seem at such a loss for how a great multitude could possibly be fed. Is that the point? Mark wants us to think the disciples were dull? Or is something more going on here?