Matthew Lesson 15 Day 3

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Matthew Lesson 15 Day 3

Matthew 14:13-21

Five loaves and two fish fed thousands
This is the only miracle recorded by all four Gospel writers.

Mark 6:32-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-13

7a) Jesus withdrew to a desolate place by himself.

  • In Matthew 14:13, Jesus withdrew to a remote place when he heard the news of his relative’s violent death.
  • In Luke 13:31, some Pharisees warned Jesus to leave because Herod wanted to kill him.
  • Jesus knew that Herod wondered if He was John the Baptist raised from the dead. (Luke 9:7-9)
  • In Mark 6:30, the apostles returned and gathered around Jesus to report what they had done and taught. As the crowds began to gather around as well, Jesus suggested they withdraw to a quiet place to get some rest.

Jesus wasn’t intimidated by anyone, so he didn’t run away in fear.

We know he had emotions because he cried when he heard Lazarus died. He loved John, so perhaps he was grieving the loss of his relative and his forerunner.

I think the real answer, though, is Jesus only did what he saw his father doing. (John 5:19) The father had a plan and confronting Herod at this time wasn’t part of it.

b) Jesus had compassion for the crowd’s physical and spiritual needs.

He said, “. . . they are like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things” (Mark 6:34) and
cured those who had need of healing.” (Luke 9:11) Jesus instructed his disciples not to send them away but to meet their needs.

8a)  The disciples wanted to send them away. . .

. . . to nearby villages for food, assuming there was no way to provide for them there.

  • The apostles returned from their outreach mission (See Luke 9:1-6) and gathered around Jesus to report to Him where they had been, what they had taught, and the outcome.
  • Because of the crowds and distractions, Jesus suggested they go away on a little retreat. They went to a remote place [Bethsaida, Luke 9:10] by boat.
  • Word got around, and the crowds were already there waiting for them. “Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.” (Mark 6:33, emphasis added) Oh that we would run after you, LORD!
  • Jesus’ heart broke for them and spent the day ministering to their needs, “cured those who had need of healing.” (Luke 9:11)
  • In the evening, the disciples suggested sending the crowds away to find food and shelter. (John adds an additional bit of information that helps us understand why the disciples felt a sense of urgency for the crowd and for themselves. “Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.” (John 6:4)
  • Jesus told the disciples to feed them.
  • Jesus prayed over the five loaves of bread and the two fish. The disciples handed out the food to over 5000 people and miraculously they had food left over. Jesus only prayed over the food. It multiplied as the disciples distributed it to the 5000 men and their families.
  • This was a Passover feast with an even greater depth of meaning than they realized.
  • Afterward, Jesus sent the disciples on to Bethsaida by boat.

b) Serving others

Jesus demonstrated that ministering to the needs of the people took precedence over time to themselves.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:35

9) Jesus wants to feed us and minister to us directly. . .

. . . rather than send us out into the world to search for help.

He is a good, loving, fatherly shepherd who knows, sees, and cares about all of our needs. He is capable and desires to do SO much more than we can ever think of or imagine.

(2013) Jesus knows our current financial needs. He comes through for us every time. A minister friend showed up at our door last month with so many boxes of food, we had enough to share with others. Then someone gave us an old truck to sell. The proceeds got us through two slow months and a lovely but modest Christmas.

We should be on the lookout for what the Lord is doing in the lives of others. Show His love and compassion, and offer to minister healing, offer to make soup for a family with a sick mom, offer encouragement to the discouraged, and spread the love of Jesus.

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