The Bread and the Circus

November 8, 2020


A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, “Give it to the people and let them eat.” 

But his servant said, “How can I set this before a hundred people?”

So [Elisha] repeated, “Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’” He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the Lord. (2 Kings 2:42-44, NRSV)

The story that I just read is actually the fourth miracle by the prophet Elisha in 2 Kings chapter 2. Let me give you a brief review of those other miracles.

In the first story, a widow faces ruin because she has no money.
Her creditors are threatening to take her sons as slaves as compensation,
and so she goes to Elisha and pleas with him to help her.

Bible References

  • 2 Kings 2:42 - 44