What Right did Peter Have to Make This Claim?
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
Miraculous Feeding – Thousands came to listen to Jesus speak and teach and we’re told of two occasions involving 5,000 and 4,000 men respectively, (the crowds were much larger, but only the number of men present is recorded) were Jesus fed them. The provisions involved 5 loaves of bread and two fish for the first feeding and 7 loaves and a few small fish for the second. The disciples were told to pick up what was left from the first feeding, which filled twelve lunch baskets – one for each of the Apostles to also be fed. The leftovers from the second feeding – 7 large baskets of food! Michael Card refers to the first miraculous feeding as one of “perfect provision” (just enough for the need at hand) and the second as a “miracle of abundance” (more than enough to meet the need). These events would have recalled to mind the miraculous way God provided for His people during their 40 year journey to the Promised Land.
Unfortunately, most of the people merely regarded Jesus as a meal ticket, but He desires to be so much more in our lives. Peter learned that tasks impossible for mere men and not impossible for Jesus.