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Lesson # Matt. 16:5
Study Material - Matt. 16:5
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.
5 And [kai] when his [autos] disciples [mathetes] were come [erchomai] to [eis] the other side [peran] , they had forgotten [epilanthanomai] to take [lambano] bread [artos] . KJV-Interlinear
5 And the disciples came to the other side and had forgotten to take bread. NAS
Without God and Jesus Christ, spiritual sight and therefore spiritual life is impossible. We are all born into this world in a state of blindness, total blindness. Were it not for someone to come along and take our hand, we would bounce off of the walls of life and would not last very long. We would have no orientation, we would have no knowledge, we would have nothing with which to guide us through life. The blind are totally lost unless they have some aid of some sort to give them direction and thus a road map through life.
So it is in the spiritual life. Though most people are born with eyes and ears in tact, that is of no consequence. The true life is in the spiritual side, and without some mechanism to see it, then we can never discover it let alone understand and enjoy it.
All too often people are tied to that environment in which they are raised - the world around each one of us. The disciples were raised in an environment guided by the Pharisees, those who taught the traditions of the 'old' ways, and the Sadducees, those who were the aristocrats and to whom belonged the tradition of the High Priest. Children were raised to honor and respect these people.
Now comes along a person who claims to be the Son of God, the Messiah, and who demonstrates great insight, power and authority in the spiritual realm. What to do??? Choose that which one has been raised in and therefore should find obvious comfort in - the status quo? Or, choose that which seems to contradict all that a person has been taught while growing up.
Choosing between what the Bible teaches and what you have learned from your earthly orientation is sometimes difficult to do, and even more difficult to leave that earthly tradition behind and focus on the spiritual side of life. After all we can see the physical side of life, and we are forced to rely on faith, mostly, for the spiritual aspects of our life
Here we have the forgotten bread incident. The disciples had made their choice to follow Christ, but they were still tied to the emotions of the Pharisees (they had been offended you'll recall, by what Jesus had said to them from a previous study), and now 'they forgot to take bread' is the statement that is mentioned. Why?
Bread was a daily part of their life. They ate their meals with bread. It was a staple and integrated within their daily life. How can one continue if there is no food for meals? Obviously the concern here is how does one take care of the daily needs when shortages or difficulties arise? We all face shortages at some point in our life, and when they arise, they become the center of our attention. Got bills and no money? Got sick kids and no insurance? Got abandoned by a spouse and no resources to get through life? Got a business and sales are down? There is always something in life that can draw your attention away from your spiritual life and bring your focus to the physical side of life (usually your needs or wants). After all it is the physical side that we see, hear, taste, smell, feel, are oriented to and is before our eyes day after day after day, throughout our entire life.
It is our physical side that draws on our emotions, our fears, our anxieties, our desires, and so forth, and can have an overpowering influence on how we conduct our life, on how we think. If we had no concept that there was even a spiritual side to life (naive blindness), or were simply not interested in anything other than our physical needs or desires (chosen blindness), then our focus would be limited to the physical side only, and that side can and will overwhelm a person sooner or later. Life in the jungle takes no prisoners, and shows no mercy. Without any hope or chance of something better to look forward to, then life would be empty to say the least. Even the very rich and powerful reach the end of their life and without God in their life, they will have wasted their entire life losing all.
Bread? So what is the focus here? Bread is food for the physical. The physical is not what life is all about. God provides for the physical easily and freely, and even without our input (the air we all breathe is there whether we want it or not), but the spiritual has eternal repercussions, and that requires our individual input. We have to make the decision once in our life, for salvation, but daily decisions for spiritual growth and freedom from the physical burdens placed on us daily throughout our life.
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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