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Mark 6:42

ESV And they all ate and were satisfied.
NIV They all ate and were satisfied,
NASB And they all ate and were satisfied;
CSB Everyone ate and was satisfied.
NLT They all ate as much as they wanted,
KJV And they did all eat, and were filled.

What does Mark 6:42 mean?

Jesus has blessed, broken, and distributed five loaves of bread and two fish, and fed well over five thousand people, "as much as they wanted" (John 6:11). "Satisfied" is from the Greek root word chortazo and means to be filled, like an animal that is being fattened. God can take very little and make a feast. He allowed Elisha to provide a living for a woman and her son with one jar of oil (2 Kings 4:1–7) and to feed a hundred men with twenty loaves of barley bread (2 Kings 4:42–44). In His first recorded miracle, Jesus made high-quality wine out of water (John 2:1–11).

We will be filled if we are satisfied with what God provides. There is no mention of complaining or dissention about the quality of the meal among those gathered on the Plain of Bethsaida. They are grateful to receive anything. This is in stark contrast to Herod Antipas. God placed Antipas in authority over Galilee and Perea (Romans 13:1) and provided him with a wife who ensured peace on his border. He was not satisfied. He divorced his wife, married his sister-in-law, and requested that the emperor make him king. In return, he was invaded by his ex-father-in-law and exiled for treason by the emperor.

It is good to ask God the desires of our hearts. It is essential to believe that He knows what is best for us and will fill our needs according to His plan. If we value the world, everything we have will pass away. If we love and value God, we will live with Him forever (1 John 2:15–17).
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