They also had a few fish. He pronounced a blessing over the fish and told his disciples to hand them out as well.
The crowd ate its fill. Seven sacks of leftovers were collected.
There were well over four thousand at the meal. Then he sent them home.
He himself went straight to the boat with his disciples and set out for Dalmanoutha.
When they arrived, the Pharisees came out and started in on him, badgering him to prove himself, pushing him up against the wall.
Provoked, he said, "Why does this generation clamor for miraculous guarantees? If I have anything to say about it, you'll not get so much as a hint of a guarantee."
He then left them, got back in the boat, and headed for the other side.
But the disciples forgot to pack a lunch. Except for a single loaf of bread, there wasn't a crumb in the boat.
Jesus warned, "Be very careful. Keep a sharp eye out for the contaminating yeast of Pharisees and the followers of Herod."
Meanwhile, the disciples were finding fault with each other because they had forgotten to bring bread.
Jesus overheard and said, "Why are you fussing because you forgot bread? Don't you see the point of all this? Don't you get it at all?
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)