Thursday 10 March 2022

Matthew 15:29-39

29 Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. 30 Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. 31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. 32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.” 33 His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” 34 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.” 35 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. 36 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. 37 They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 38 The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan.

I know you’re thinking, ‘didn’t we just read this in chapter 14, surely Matthew isn’t repeating himself?’ This miracle of feeding the 4,000 is quite different from the 5,000 even though we don’t hear quite so much about it. It’s taking place in a different location, very likely a crowd that is mainly non Jewish who have been with Jesus for days, many miracles had already taken place in their midst, and this time the disciples had the bread & the fish.

I’ve thought about the disciples in this passage and verse 33. It seems that they had forgotten how Jesus had come through for them previously and how like us they are! Even though the location, the faces, the situation had all changed, they didn’t seem to believe or have the memory that Jesus could provide for them, that he could do another miracle, that he cared for them in the same way as he had before.

I know that I stress and worry over the next big thing in my world and yet Jesus has always been there, provided and cared even though the situation is different from the last time. This passage has reminded me to trust Him, to remember how Jesus has responded in the past for me, to relax into his love and care for me, to do what I can do and allow him to do the rest.

Thank Jesus that you are always there for us and even though circumstances alter you do not. You walk with us in each and every situation. Jesus, remind us through the Holy Spirit of your goodness.

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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