Matthew Lesson 15 Day 4

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Matthew Lesson 15 Day 4

Matthew 14: 22-24

10a) John 6:14-15

After Jesus sent everyone away . . .

He went up the mountain to pray alone. He was there late into the night.

b)  The crowd wanted to make him their King.

Jesus perceived that in their exuberance, the crowd wanted to seize him and force him to be their King.

Disciples: Immediately, he made his disciples get into the boat and head to the other side. Jesus wanted them to get away from the crowds just as he did.

“If the disciples shared this enthusiasm—perhaps sensing that now was the time to openly promote Jesus as Messiah the King, then it was more important than ever for Jesus to get the disciples away from the excited crowd.” (1 Guzik)

By the time night came, they were several miles from the shore, battling a rough sea and a headwind. While they struggled in the storm, Jesus was praying for them.

Crowds: He dismissed the crowds and sent them away. He had shown them compassion, healed the sick, taught and fed them, now it was time for them to go. Otherwise, they might cling to him as “a potential source of constant bread.”(1)

Jesus: He went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night came on, and he was there alone. He planned to do this before the crowds found him because he needed rest and time alone with his father after the news about Herod and John the Baptist.

11a) Jesus sent his disciples ahead without him.

They thought they were without Jesus, but they weren’t. And neither are we.

No matter where we go and what we do, we face storms. 2020 and 2021 have been stormier than most. But we are never alone.

We can also learn the lesson that it’s okay to rest and take time away to spend with our heavenly father. “The Sea of Galilee is well known for its sudden storms.”(1) We can’t always be there to watch over and protect our children, grandchildren, and other responsibilities. There will always be sudden storms. Spending time with the Lord helps us to respond correctly resting in his shalom.

Mark 6:47 points out that not only were the disciples in a boat in the middle of the sea, [Jesus] “was alone on the land” in the dark without a lantern. (I added that last part.) I can only imagine climbing downhill in the dark.

The next thing we read is, “Then he saw them straining at rowing.” So he wasn’t suffering from the darkness. Perhaps he translated to the sea immediately.

b)  While Jesus was on earth, He was both divine and human. His relationship with the Father pre-dated His brief time on earth. Jesus depended on the Father to show Him what to do.

This is a difficult concept for my mind to grasp. Jesus’ prayer life seems to be both a necessity and pleasure. As a human, Jesus wrestled (Matthew 26:39) with things His flesh found difficult to face. His continual submission to His heavenly Father was empowered and kept focused through His prayer life.


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2 AWM Living Commentary used by written permission.
3 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations from *The ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
4 Strong’s Concordance, public domain.
5 *Spirit Filled Life Bible®copyright © 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. (The Holy Bible, New King James Bible) copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
6 Ellicott’s Commentary, public domain.
7 Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, public domain.
8 The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

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