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
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