John 6:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 6:8, NIV: "Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up,"

John 6:8, ESV: "One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him,"

John 6:8, KJV: "One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,"

John 6:8, NASB: "One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, *said to Him,"

John 6:8, NLT: "Then Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up."

John 6:8, CSB: "One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him,"

What does John 6:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus has posed a challenge to His disciples: how to feed five thousand men, along with women and children. Jesus knows how He will respond, but tests His followers in order to illustrate a valuable lesson (John 6:6). After trying to ignore the problem (Mark 6:36), they offer several solutions. Philip, probably with heavy cynicism, notes that even buying a small snack for everyone would cost the equivalent of eight month's wages for a common laborer (John 6:7).

Andrew, on the other hand, approaches the situation with optimism, at the very least. Andrew is frequently seen bringing people to meet Jesus, as he did in bringing his brother Simon (Peter) to Jesus in chapter 1. Here, he approaches Christ with a young boy, who seems to have offered his lunch. It's possible Andrew had begun to ask for food donations from the crowd. In any event, the focus of Andrew's solution is human effort, and the fact that the available resources seem pitifully small for the task at hand.

As Jesus will show, however, the proper approach to solving our problems begins with trust in God, and a complete submission to His will (John 6:10–11).