19 Mar John 6:5; Mark 6:34; Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3

5 Therefore Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?”

34 When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.

4 as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.

3 He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.

The people were following Jesus, looking for a handout. Jesus did indeed care about their physical hunger. But, as we see in Mark 6, Jesus knew their bigger need was spiritual. Jesus “had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” These people weren’t just physically hungry; they were spiritually starving (yet didn’t even know it). Jesus was about to teach them that they needed much more than bread – they need the Bread of Life. While many in America don’t often suffer from a lack of food, many of us are guilty of seeking Jesus merely for physical needs while we are totally blind to our more significant spiritual needs. Perhaps today you need to be reminded, as Moses did the Israelites and Jesus did Satan, of these more significant needs/truths. Seek to know Jesus through His Word for Who He is, not just what He can do for you.