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Lesson # Matt. 14:22-23
Study Material - Matt. 14:22-23
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
22 And [kai] straightway [eutheos] Jesus [Iesous] constrained [anagkazo] his [autos] disciples [mathetes] to get [embaino] into [eis] a ship [ploion] , and [kai] to go before [proago] him [autos] unto [eis] the other side [peran] , while [heos] [hos] he sent [apoluo] the multitudes [ochlos] away [apoluo] .
23 And [kai] when he had sent [apoluo] the multitudes [ochlos] away [apoluo] , he went up [anabaino] into [eis] a mountain [oros] apart [kata] [idios] to pray [proseuchomai] : and [de] when the evening [opsios] was come [ginomai] , he was [en] there [ekei] alone [monos] . KJV-Interlinear
22 And immediately He made the disciples get into the boat, and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And after He had sent the multitudes away, He went up to the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. NAS
I guess it was just a matter of time when someone would get together some worthless plan to shut down the internet, or to disrupt it, and that apparently has happened this weekend. But life goes on. The internet will recover. Better security techniques will be developed because of this attack, and those who are guilty will celebrate briefly their perceived victory but will get caught sooner or later. Or God will place them in a trap of their own making and they will suffer whether the rest of the world discovers them to not.
Life will go on. Jesus Christ is in control of history. He is the absolute authority and power of this universe. There is nothing that happens that He is not aware of. There is nothing that can happen that will take God by surprise. He often permits events to occur, in order to get mankind to take some action which God desires for history. This internet virus thing is just a simple example. Another example might be one losing their job and forced to move to another area, an area where God intended for them to be, but they otherwise would not go there unless compelled to by some outside force - unemployment. Sometimes people who are positive toward God, in an oppressive country, will be forced into a a refugee situation, wherein circumstances of war force them to refugee camps where doctrine will reach them - doctrine brought to them by missionaries and aid workers and such.
Here Jesus controls the situation by separating himself and His disciples from the crowd. We borrow from Jn. 6:14+ in order to complete this picture. Jesus has been healing every disease and infirmity known to mankind. Now he feeds many thousands in a very dramatic miracle and with very little food to begin with. The crowd would have seized Him and made Him their king if for no other reason than He had the ability to give them all they wanted - health and food. He then could surely destroy the Herods and the Romans in the region and quite easily.
Jesus 'made' the disciples get into the boat and sail off. Since He had to make them leave, implies they did not want to go, but they did obey His orders. Thus the disciples though no doubt high on the emotions of the miracles as were many in the crowd, were still weak in their understanding and therefore weak in their faith. Anyone who is weak in faith is very susceptible to emotional influences.
The crowd wanted to make Jesus their king, but this was not the time, nor the place. Mankind has not the authority nor the wisdom to make kings. It was not mans place to anoint Jesus, nor crown Him. That right resides with God alone.
By removing the disciples form the crowd, Jesus preserved them from the emotional influences of the crowd. They might get swallowed up in the excitement and they might begin to think of their high positions they might hold in the administration of a new government. Jesus protected them by separating them from the situation.
Jesus then went off to be alone and to pray. To whom did He pray? The Father of course. We have already studied prayer. Jesus did not pray to angels nor to men of past or future generations. All prayer is directed to the Father and to no one else. All prayer must be submitted to the Father from within the sphere of fellowship. Any prayer submitted apart from these conditions never gets off the ground. All prayer from unbelievers is never heard. All prayer from believers out of fellowship is never heard. Only prayer from believers, while in fellowship, and offered to the Father in the name of Christ (the door through which we must go in order to gain access to God) is received and acted upon by God.
There is a picture diagram of prayer mechanics in the Charts section of the Index page on the web site.
When placed in potential situations of temptation, separation from that situation and the engagement of prayer helps the believer to focus on what is right and proper, and can lead to better decisions and less trouble.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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