Jesus Sends Out the Twelve
9Â When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2Â and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3Â He told them: â€œTake nothing for the journeyâ€”no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. 4Â Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 5Â If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.â€ 6Â So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.
7Â Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, 8Â others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. 9Â But Herod said, â€œI beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?â€ And he tried to see him.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
10Â When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, 11Â but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.
12Â Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, â€œSend the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.â€
13Â He replied, â€œYou give them something to eat.â€
They answered, â€œWe have only five loaves of bread and two fishâ€”unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.â€ 14Â (About five thousand men were there.)
But he said to his disciples, â€œHave them sit down in groups of about fifty each.â€ 15Â The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. 16Â Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. 17Â They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.