Mar 6:30 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.
Mar 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
Mar 6:32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.
With a discerning eye, Jesus saw the need for refreshment, and rest for these men, and set about to take them under his wing, and spend the much needed time alone with them, to give each one the opportunity to share their experiences, their thoughts, and teach them. To let them open their hearts to Him.
He knew they needed time away from the noise, and frenzy of the people, to give an account of their work, and seek His guidance. They needed the time to set at a meal together, and in doing so-bind their souls together in fellowship, and love. This time of rest would give them needed nourishment, strengthen their spirits, and increase their faith, for the work that lay ahead of them.
Pastors, ministers, and church leaders need time to rest. It's vital. When weariness begins to mount, it's time to get alone with God-and commune with Him. To let Him feed us with His Word, and His presence. These times of refreshment often turns a light on our path, and makes the Lord's will for us much clearer.
But, their time of rest was short-the multitude followed them, and interrupted their repose.
The feeding of the five thousand:
Mar 6:33 And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him.
Mar 6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
Mar 6:35 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:
Mar 6:36 Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.
Mar 6:37 He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?
Mar 6:38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.
Mar 6:39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.
Mar 6:40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
Mar 6:41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.
Mar 6:42 And they did all eat, and were filled.
Note: It is noted by many biblical scholars that the account of the five thousand do not bring into account the women and children-so this number can easily be doubled or tripled.
Jesus saw them, and was moved with compassion-seeing them as sheep without a shepherd. Sheep without a shepherd are vulnerable, with no one to protect them, easy prey for the predator.
Jesus showed by example in the feeding of the five thousand, that He is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14). He is the Faithful Shepherd, and cares for His people, both physically, and with the Word of God.