No matter what angle I assess this happening, I have personally concluded this could not have been literal. The whole happening is allegorical of something deeper, and perhaps illustrates a universal principle. The notion of Jesus, Son of God, coming from the Almighty just to organize lunch for crowds to eat at leisure is discomforting.
In order to receive, we have to give. This is a Law of Nature that comes from the Almighty. To harvest an abundance of fruit, we must put seed in the ground. So to receive the fruit of the Divine Word, we have to give the seed of our spiritual volition of pure longing. To receive Truth, the gathered crowd had to first give Jesus something, to pave the way for the Word to feed them. Hence, their open souls was represented metaphorically by the “five loaves of bread and two fish” that was “gathered”. This was the seed they offered Jesus, the Divine “Soil”.
The feeding was the consequence of the process of multiplication. The one seed that turns into a tree of abundant fruit. Through His Word, Jesus amplified and multiplied what they gave Him into spiritual fruit, through the Word, that fed them in reciprocity. The feeding is the spirit becoming full through absorbing the Word. The “left over” is the process of overflow. When we are filled with joy and bliss, we “overflow” with “leftovers” of our joy to others.
Do not overlook the symbolism of 5 bread and 2 fish. Jesus talked about “eat of My body and drink of My blood”. Why? Body represents the outward manifestation of planes, the beings active on them, and thus the Truth of the activity of what takes on form. Added to this are the experiences that visibly manifest on the path of the human spirit within which are lessons (i.e. nutrients) that, when completely absorbed, helps the soul grow. Blood represents the invisible flow of energy that pervades the entire Universe and all planes and beings that outwardly manifest. Added to this are the flow of intuitions that are to guide the perception of the human soul, and determine what it both absorbs from its environment and emanates from within. We are on the earth and encompassed by experiences (body), yet we are pervaded by energy (blood). The united operation of energy and planes that manifest, reveals the activity of comprehensive Divine Truth.
The bread is composed of ingredients from the land. Thus it symbolizes the “body”. The fish is an element that lives in the water. Thus it symbolizes the “blood”. Hence the “body and blood” represented through the symbolism. You follow? But it goes further! It said “5” loaves and “2” fish. 5+2= 7. Seven is the number of Completion of the Perfect Divine Will. The number represented in the name “Imanuel” that means “God with us”. Thus, the Will of God, the Divine Truth with us. The Divine Truth revealed in the Word of Jesus at that time!
Consequently, to see this parable as Jesus feeding the physical bodies of human beings, and leaving it at that… is simply deplorable and unacceptable. That the miracle was organizing lunch! If we cannot interpret this one instance correctly, then imagine the misinterpretations that has woven itself into every event surrounding the Mission of Jesus.
Hence, if you look within and without with open eyes, you will realize that we human beings today do not know, understand or truly believe in the true Being of Jesus. What we believe in are the phantoms of human imaginings we have fabricated in the gloom of our mental workshop, and then ascribe to these phantasmagorias the real Person of Jesus. Thus, Kahlil Gibran was right when he said:
“Once every hundred years Jesus of Nazareth meets Jesus of the Christian in a garden among the hills of Lebanon. And they talk long; and each time Jesus of Nazareth goes away saying to Jesus of the Christian, “My friend, I fear we shall never, never agree.”
When now, true revelations come that clarify the Truth of the real nature of Jesus, there will be resistance and rejection. In truth though, the rejection is merely the refusal to relinquish the fabricated delusions on which we have built the phantoms of our misconceptions of Jesus. But in this rejection is the sentencing of Divine Judgment.
~Ikenna Q Ezealah