Splendor on the Grass
Yeshua groaned when He fed the multitude of 5,000 people with five loaves of bread. It was not a challenge to multiply the food. But, He was touched because the people were like sheep without a shepherd.
He directed them all to sit down on the green grass. Green is the image of fruitfulness in the Hebrew Bible. Green leaves, green trees, green herbs, and green pastures all depict blessings. Green is also the color of praise. The stone for the Tribe of Judah on the breastplate of the High Priest, for instance, is green – and the name Judah means praise.
On the other hand, a lack of green growth signifies the opposite of blessings. One of the great plagues on Egypt was the destruction of every growing plant. And, during the future Trumpet Judgments, all greenery is ravaged (Revelation 8:7).
We now know why the multitude sat down on green grass. The grass represented the vast blessings of the Almighty. From the grass where they ate, the people declared, “Blessed is He who performed a miracle in this place!”
Another notable feature in the feeding of the 5,000 is that the people sat down by hundreds and fifties (Mark 6:40). The multitude sat company by company. They were a picture of a vineyard where the vines grow row by row, and rank by rank. The real message of the miraculous feeding was that Yeshua planted the people in the soil of a heavenly vineyard.
If we are planted as they were, we will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Almighty (Isaiah 61:3). He is waiting to see our new green growth, and hear our praises – the sound of green.
Published May 9, 2017