This a basket. Baskets are used to hold a variety of objects. Some hold cranberries, some coffee beans, others blueberries, and even some hold electronic equipment. What else is a basket? A purse is a basket, a little better looking than the one shown here and it holds items usually more delicate than a cranberry. A purse might contain a lip stick, a packet of tissue papers, probably a wireless phone, certainly identifications, and maybe even a measuring tape. What else is a basket? A bucket is a kind of a basket but made to hold more rough and tumble needs. A bucket could hold water, dirt, apples from the orchard, maybe sticks, maybe stones, maybe even broken bones. What else is a basket? A lot of things but you know where this is going. You might say this post is ‘going to h3ll in a handbasket’. Or you might be reminded that the baby Moses was saved by being put in a basket and sent down stream into the arms of Pharaoh’s daughter (Exodus 2:1-10). So what else is a basket? An ark is a basket used to carry living beings to safety – see Genesis 6.
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
“Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.