Multiplication of the Bread
“A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing the man of GOD bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And Elisha said, ‘Give the men, that they may eat. But his servant said, ‘How can I set this before a hundred men?’ So he repeated, ‘Give them to the men, that they may eat, for thus says the LORD, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’ So he set it before them. And they ate and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.” – 2 Kings 4:42-44
Through this passage we are reminded of the miracles that Jesus performed when feeding the multitude. In this example, the prophet Elisha makes sure that the people had enough to eat by making sure that the loaves of bread were enough for everyone. Again we see the symbolism that occurs between the word of the LORD and the physical feeding through bread. It is not through bread alone that we feed ourselves but by the word of the LORD.
Elisha displayed the faith that was necessary in order to convert the bread into enough bread. This was not done through him alone, but it was through the faith that he placed in the LORD. Elisha was able to multiply a specific amount of bread similar to the miracle where Jesus multiplied the loaves of bread. Without the immense faith that Elisha had in providing the necessities, the miracle would not have happened. Yet, the miracle did happen because he did not doubt the abundance that exists.
Faith that multiples the bread has the basis of increasing our faith in the word of the LORD. If we allow the word of the LORD to be our daily bread, we can understand that we also need the spiritual food to sustain us when it may seem difficult. However, we do not worship only when times are easy or when they are difficult, since every day is a day that should include the word of the LORD along with the comfort of trusting in the promises. Elisha’s example of faith would be a precursor to Jesus’ example of faith.