I don’t have anything of note to say about this. While I’ve heard people say that it is a parable of sharing and that the food was not actually multiplied, I believe it was a miracle and a parable. Crystal, I had also heard that the 5,000 only counted the men, so there were probably more than twice as many people there with women and children.
When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
This struck me, they want to make him king and he withdraws. They want to take him and kill him and he submits (granted, he escaped several times before when his work was not finished).