Philip answered him, "Six months' wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little."
In the "sign" (as John 6 refers to it) of the Fishes and the Loaves, we see something remarkable when we pause to ask the text: What does Jesus want them (and us) to see in this Sign?
He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God." Jesus answered him, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above."
Nicodemus. A Pharisee and leader of the Jews. Verse 2 tells us, He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God." He recognizes Jesus to be something more than ordinary.
Shun youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart
2 Timothy 2:22
A reading of this Timothy 2 might leave you wondering if all these "good works" are even possible in one simple sinful human body.
In a large house there are utensils not only of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for special use, some for ordinary. All who cleanse themselves of the things I have mentioned will become special utensils, dedicated and useful to the owner of the house, ready for every good work..
2 Timothy 2:20-21
In Timothy's day there were many pseudo-Christians. Those who labeled themselves with the faith yet gave way to senseless talk, arguing, impurity in heart, lust, unkindness.... the list could go on but you get the idea. Timothy's world looked much like, well, our world... only they wore togas and sandals. The mindset was the same though.
Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.
2 Timothy 1:14
Timothy is fighting the good fight. Paul is writing to encourage him as he serves in the midst of Gentile perversion and Jewish critisism. Same-ole-same-ole story of first century Roman empire. It makes a man weary to constantly push back against the forces of darkness. So, as encouragement, Paul tells Tim to "Guard the good treasure". We know it wasn't rubies or gold... so what is this "good treasure"?
Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:12
Timothy is working at church strengthening in 1st Century Ephesus. A very cosmopolitan city at the center of trade and at the height of Roman society and all that entails. Timothy, there, would be like a devout believer standing in New York City's Time Square trying to resist and preach against the false teachings and materialism abundantly displayed in that place.
You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus;
2 Timothy 2:1
I was 19 and it was a drive through the Cascade Mountains between Seattle and Spokane, Washington. The sign said “Road Construction Ahead” but what it should have said was “Road being constructed ahead”. We found ourselves on switch-back logging roads, no pavement and barely 5 inches between the edge of our “road” and a 3000+ foot drop into instant death.