And they reclined, group by group, by hundreds and by fifties. Bible

“by hundreds and by fifties.” The feeding of the 5000 harkens back to the time of Moses and the Mosaic Covenant when the people were governed by hundreds and fifties (Ex. 18:25). God had fed the people miraculously with manna at that time, and promised them abundance if they would obey the covenant (Deut. 28:1-14).

Commentary for: Mark 6:40