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After he fed the 5000, why did Jesus make the disciples leave the area so abruptly?
Why the Hasty Retreat?
Mark tells us, “immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd,” (Mk 6:45). Mark doesn’t tell us why, and neither does Matthew (14:22-23). However, John does give us some insight:
When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!” (Jn 6:14).
At least some people connected the dots, and understood the significance of what had happened...