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Lesson # Matt. 14:14
Study Material - Matt. 14:14
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14 And [kai] Jesus [Iesous] went forth [exerchomai] , and saw [eido] a great [polus] multitude [ochlos] , and [kai] was moved with compassion [splagchnizomai] toward [epi] them [autos] , and [kai] he healed [therapeuo] their [autos] sick [arrhostos] . KJV-Interlinear
14 And when He went ashore, He saw a great multitude, and felt compassion for them, and healed their sick. NAS
The miracles begin to grow in their magnitude. Until now, each miracle has been directed at individuals. All could see the miracles because a lame person would rise and walk, a deaf person would state that they could now hear, a blind person would state that they now could see. The sick were cured and it all was visible to all.
But now we are about to have a miracle that all can see, but not all will recognize as a miracle. Some will see the miracle and be speechless. Others will only see several men distributing food to the crowd with no knowledge of the limitation of the original foods that were available. Nor will they have a clue that the foods will multiply as they are being distributed.
The crowd is now quite large. Verse 21 will number the adult men only at 5000. If you add the women and children, then the crowd size could easily have been 25000 (one woman per man and three children per couple). The crowd could even have been larger as families with large numbers of children were not uncommon in those days. Likewise many women attended Jesus and these women did not have male counter parts, so the crowd could easily have been much larger.
In either case the miracle will be an eye opener, but then here is the creator of the universe, so this miracle is nothing to Him. Jesus could have provided a huge banquet in which all could have seen tables of foods simply appear out of thin air, but he did not do this.
There are three groups of peoples in history. There are the masses who live by their environment and seek nothing further. These are the masses of unbelievers who like to be entertained or like to be helped out of their problems, but beyond that they don't see much further than the blessings they receive. They do not even perceive the help that they receive as being a blessing, but merely their good fortune. They haven't got a clue as to what blessings they have received nor do they care.
The second group consists of believers who more or less imitate the unbelieving crowd. They have greater positions spiritually, than do unbelievers (they are bound for heaven vs. those who are bound for the lake of fire), but they don't appreciate their greater blessings. Like their unbelieving counter parts, they accept whatever blessings they can get and don't appreciate the source.
The third group consists of those few (this is the smallest group) who are attentive toward life and Gods blessings. They recognize the blessings and see with clarity the things that God does for them throughout their lives. Things that others take for granted from day to day, positive believers with discernment, recognize that God is there in all that we do, and in all that we have no matter how insignificant.
Jesus did not discriminate against anyone within these three groups. He healed the sick and helped all who came to Him for help. Knowing that many would not appreciate His effort, that many would take and never give back. Knowing that many would not only take what He gave but many would eventually turn on Him when He did not give them that which they thought they deserved, or when the masses would attempt to take Him by force and make Him king, and upon His withdrawal, they would think Him inconsiderate for 'their' efforts.
But then people without doctrine are fickle. We can see this in political polls. One day a leader is up in the polls of popularity and the next day he is down. People are fickle. One day people expect great things or great actions to be taken, but when they do not materialize like food in a drive through, then the masses turn on the leadership. Even opponents take pot shots at leaders just as the Pharisees took pot shots at Jesus. They saw the good He did for the people, but their interest was not in the people's welfare, but in their own selfish positions and reputations in life.
In all of this Jesus did not feel contempt not did He feel dejected in life. He saw the needs of the people both in their human and in their spiritual needs. Fulfillment of human needs carry us only from one day to the next. Spiritual needs when fulfilled will carry us not only throughout life but throughout eternity.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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