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Lesson # Matt. 15:32-36
Study Material - Matt. 15:32-36
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32 Then [de] Jesus [Iesous] called [proskaleomai] his [autos] disciples [mathetes] unto him, and said [epo] , I have compassion [splagchnizomai] on [epi] the multitude [ochlos] , because [hoti] they continue [prosmeno] with me [moi] now [ede] three [treis] days [hemera] , and [kai] have [echo] nothing [ou] [tis] to eat [phago] : and [kai] I will [thelo] not [ou] send [apoluo] them [autos] away [apoluo] fasting [nestis] , lest [mepote] they faint [ekluo] in [en] the way [hodos] .
33 And [kai] his [autos] disciples [mathetes] say [lego] unto him [autos] , Whence [pothen] should we [hemin] have so much [tosoutos] bread [artos] in [en] the wilderness [eremia] , as [hoste] to fill [chortazo] so great [tosoutos] a multitude [ochlos] ?
34 And [kai] Jesus [Iesous] saith [lego] unto them [autos] , How many [posos] loaves [artos] have ye [echo] ? And [de] they said [epo] , Seven [hepta] , and [kai] a few [oligos] little fishes [ichthudion] .
35 And [kai] he commanded [keleuo] the multitude [ochlos] to sit down [anapipto] on [epi] the ground [ge] .
36 And [kai] he took [lambano] the seven [hepta] loaves [artos] and [kai] the fishes [ichthus] , and gave thanks [eucharisteo] , and brake [klao] them, and [kai] gave [didomi] to his [autos] disciples [mathetes] , and [de] the disciples [mathetes] to the multitude [ochlos] . KJV-Interlinear
32 And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, 'I feel compassion for the multitude, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not wish to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.' 33 And the disciples said to Him, 'Where would we get so many loaves in a desolate place to satisfy such a great multitude?' 34 And Jesus said to them, 'How many loaves do you have?' And they said, 'Seven, and a few small fish.' 35 And He directed the multitude to sit down on the ground; 36 and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples in turn, to the multitudes. NAS
Christ felt compassion for the crowd. This was a large crowd and they had been with Christ for three days. The thought of food seemed to disappear as the miracles kept on happening and these people were overwhelmed with awe, and apparently simply forgot about food for the moment.
But as with everything, the normal routine of day t day life will come back. The emotions of the past three days will fade and the hunger or forgotten meals will catch up with the crowd. Therefore Jesus' compassion. The English word compassion means to suffer with, but really it means more then that. It is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow, accompanied by a strong desire to identify with the victims of suffering, and alleviate the pain and remove its cause.'
Jesus did not desire any to suffer for lack of food, therefore He commanded that all were to be fed, just as in the former feeding of the 5000. This crowd was smaller, but not by much, and the region was a more desolate place.
Again the disciples seem to miss the point of Jesus' power. 'Not enough to feed the crowd.' But with God who is the origin of all things, producing enough is never an issue. God can manufacture out of nothing, anything and everything. That is how the universe came into existence. Recall the study in Gen. 1. Out of nothing, God brought the universe into existence.
Before they had five loaves and two fish which was divided up between the disciples and then distributed. Their baskets never emptied. Now they have seven loaves and several fish, and Jesus distributed the food, or better put, 'kept on distributing' the food. The disciples handed out the food, and when their baskets were emptied they returned to Jesus who gave them more, and they continued handing out the food. Everything we need comes from God of course, but all things come to us through Jesus Christ and through no other source.
Jesus Christ is the only path and means of access to God. Our channel to life is through Him and through no other person or thing in the universe.
Jesus Christ has tremendous compassion for us all. There was no interview process with respect to the crowd. There was no screening, to make sure that all were worthy. ID's were not checked. Memberships were not checked. Even color, culture, former beliefs, nothing was checked before a person was allowed to participate in the healing process or in the meal afterwards. Jesus withheld nothing from anyone.
Such is the nature of common grace. Common grace is that grace provision which God provides to the entire human race - believer and unbeliever alike. We all have a planet to live on, air to breath, economic conditions to pursue business or employment opportunities, educational opportunities, loved ones to find, marry and have a life with, and so forth.
Common grace gives some relief from the pressures and sorrows that accompany the jungle environment. But there is much more to life than common grace. Much more than the occasional relief of pains we have from this world and the meals we enjoy day to day. Life, true life is much more than that. God can easily take care of the physical needs, but the spiritual needs require a bit more from each one of us. And that is our attention and our desire to listen and learn.
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