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Lesson # Matt. 14:34-36
Study Material - Matt. 14:34-36
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.
34 And [kai] when they were gone over [diaperao] , they came [erchomai] into [eis] the land [ge] of Gennesaret [Gennesaret] .
35 And [kai] when the men [aner] of that [ekeinos] place [topos] had knowledge [epiginosko] of him [autos] , they sent out [apostello] into [eis] all [holos] that [ekeinos] country round about [perichoros] , and [kai] brought [prosphero] unto him [autos] all [pas] that were [echo] diseased [kakos] ;
36 And [kai] besought [parakaleo] him [autos] that [hina] they might [haptomai] only [monon] touch [haptomai] the hem [kraspedon] of his [autos] garment [himation] : and [kai] as many as [hosos] touched [haptomai] were made perfectly whole [diasozo] . KJV-Interlinear
34 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent into all that surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick; 36 and they began to entreat Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were cured. NAS
People are in general, inconsiderate, superficial, ungrateful and self centered. Jesus did not withhold any of His mercy (grace in action) despite the empty worship that the population presented to Him.
In these verses Jesus will again appear as the compassionate healer - withholding nothing from any who request help. Not even those who simply touch His clothes will be denied. In the next chapter the empty worship concept will continue. Jesus will be portrayed as the condemning judge, and finally the correcting teacher.
Gennesaret is a small but very rich agriculture plain located between Capernaum and Magdala. At that time, there were virtually no communities in the region, the soil was so fertile, that it was all committed to farming. Yet people in the area still had their physical problems. Even a very rich and fertile region will not eliminate the physical problems of life.
Jesus' reputation preceded Him. As people saw Him, they recognized Him and the word spread that He was in the area. People began to come from all over, but not to hear Him speak. They came to gain better health or even food, or even just to see the miracle show (entertainment).
They entreated Him - false politeness. They were selfish and wanted only that which He could give to them now. They were not interested in His eternal health certificate. When He offers this (Himself as the bread of life and the waters that will quench for all of eternity), the crowds vanish.
As with Esau, who sold his birthright to Jacob for a single meal, these crowds were interested only in that which would satisfy their immediate needs - their physical needs. They ignored their eternal needs. They did not see any importance in, or need for maintaining, the health of their souls. In so taking on this attitude they used the name of God in vain.
Most people associate the use of the name of the Lord in vain with profanity or vulgar language, but in fact there is probably more blasphemy inside the church than out n the stock yards.
Isa. 1 and Isa. 66, pretty much outline the policy God has against phony or indifferent worship, 'when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you, yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen.' 'I reject your festivals, nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies.'
All too often people will go through the motions of worship, but that worship is empty and therefore phony. Why? Because the people do not, 'Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean.' They in effect live out of fellowship with God. A person out of fellowship with God is not inside that sphere in which God wishes us all to live our lives.
We have covered the 'fellowship' concept on many occasions. The principle of which is found in Leviticus and the mechanics are found in 1 Jn. 1:9.
People living out of fellowship cannot learn or comprehend or gain the benefits of spiritual truth. Spiritual truth and its benefits elude them. Only when a person is in fellowship is he benefited by the doctrine they learn. The traditions of mankind and the doctrines of God never cross. They exist on separate planes, and one has to be on the spiritual plane (in fellowship) in order to receive and benefit from the spiritual nourishment that is available from the Word of God.
People can be positive, but out of fellowship and never grow up spiritually. People can live their lives inside the service of some church and come to the end of their lives learning virtually nothing. And I means learning nothing in the sense that their souls fill up with only the academic concepts of a 'learned' daily habit. The Bible calls this 'good' - human good, or wood, hay, and stubble. This is of course worthless and will be destroyed at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
The spiritual life can be obtained only one way, and that is by means of the only method which God has prescribed for learning doctrine and growing up in the spiritual life. This is by maintaining ones self inside the fellowship sphere, and by committing ones self to a daily Bible study program. Isa. 11 spells out the seven levels of spiritual growth, referred to as the seven spirits. We covered this in detail in Rev. 1. You can refer to these separate studies by going to the Index page on the Bible Study web site. See the link at the top of this study.
Jesus crossed over and his presence was discovered. Many came from far and wide. But they came not for what they could learn, but for what Jesus could provide for their immediate needs. Immediate needs are never satisfied and will always return. Eternal needs can be satisfied, but only through growing up spiritually.
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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