Welcome to Episode #109 of Sunday Scripture Podcast!
Today we will read Matthew 14: 13-33 and it is the stories of the Feeding of the 5000 and a crazy storm on the Sea of Galilee
Our key verse is - Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it it I; do not be afraid.”
Quote # 1: The first scene in which Jesus feeds the multitude comes immediately on the heels of another banquet, at which Herod is the host. This sets the two, the worldly king and the true king, in contrast, so that the reader can see where the priorities of these two kingdoms lie. 13 Herod is only interested in power, while Jesus is interested in providing for God’s people.
Matthew Chapter 14 Verse 13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18 “Bring them here to me,” he said.
19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children
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Matthew Chapter 14 Verse 22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Quote # 2: Jesus’ question in v. 31 is often taken as a rebuke of Peter, so that poor Peter has been the topic of many comments about lack of faith over the centuries. However, the tone of the question is rather softer than that, and implies a typical wavering between fear of the circumstance and courage at the presence of God. This is reinforced by the verse in the Great Commission at the end of Matthew, in which some of the disciples worship and doubt simultaneously. Rather than being a criticism of Peter, it may be seen as a statement on the life of faith, in which both courage and fear are often present.16
Welcome to Episode #108 of Sunday Scripture Podcast!
Today we will read Matthew 13: 24-45, and it is Jesus sharing a series of parables that surprise and challenge our preconceived notions about God’s kingdom. Each of the parables have images that are simple to understand and easy to remember.
Our key verse is - Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. - Matthew 13:34
Before we read the text, we have a quote from our materials from Spirit and Truth Publishing…
Quote # 1: This passage is a series of parables presented in a public discourse, along with an explanation of the parables offered in a more private setting with only the disciples. Parables in general, and these “kingdom” parables in particular, use imagery from daily life, but have unexpected elements that upset common sense.
They often exaggerate on purpose to push the audience into a different perspective on God’s activity in the world or on the coming of the kingdom. In the logic of the parable, we are forced to accept that God might not work according to human sensibilities. Stanley P. Saunders, “Matthew,” in Theological Bible Commentary, ed. Gail R. O’Day and David L. Petersen (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009), 302.
Matthew Chapter 13 Verse 24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”
Matthew Chapter 13 Verse 31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
Matthew Chapter 13 Verse 33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” 34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:“I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
Matthew Chapter 13 Verse 36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
Quote # 2: The verb translated as “mixed in with” in v. 33 is actually the word for “hid” (Gk., enekrypsen, from the root word kryptō). This verb, instead of the more common “mixed in” or “kneaded,” emphasizes the hidden and unexpected nature of the kingdom, which will only be fully revealed with time.2 M. Eugene Boring, The New Interpreter’s Bible, Volume VIII, ed. Leander E. Keck et al. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996), 308.
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