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Matthew 14 Jesus’ Emotions

Posted by adventbiblestudy on May 17, 2013

Here is a lesson on how the Spirit leads from on chapter to the next and how they are linked in thought to show a deeper lesson.


Matthew 13:57-58 NLTse And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” (58) And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.


Matthew 14:1-2 NLTse When Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee, heard about Jesus, (2) he said to his advisers, “This must be John the Baptist raised from the dead! That is why he can do such miracles.”


Notice how the the summation, or end of chapter 13 tells about how unbelief results in seeing few miracles. Chapter 14 begins by showing Herod believed Jesus performed many miracles. How look at the thoughts behind them. Look at the people involved. The people sharing unbelief were people who thought they knew Jesus, but really didn’t. Scripture points out Herod did not know Jesus. As a matter of fact, he thought Jesus was John the Baptist. Herod looked at Jesus’ miracles with a completely different view point than the people who grew up with Him.


Now think of how this applies today. Do people today thinking they really know Jesus, see and understand, believe He can do miracles today? What about people not knowing Jesus? Do they believe Jesus can perform miracles, even though they really don’t know who He is?


Matthew 14:12-13 NLTse Later, John’s disciples came for his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus what had happened. (13) As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns.


See how Jesus displayed His emotions? See how His Father knew what He needed? God knew Jesus needed support and He sent it. When God tries to help us, do we see Him, or doubt He can help? Do you know Jesus well enough to feel His emotions?


Matthew 14:14 NLTse Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.


Jesus not only healed with His physical touch, but the physical touch also helped to heal Jesus’ emotions. It was a two way relationship God used to help Jesus in His hour of need.


I like this next verse. Jesus gave His disciples the power, but their unbelief held them back.


Matthew 14:16 NLTse But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary–you feed them.”


How is this related to the summation of Ch 13 and the intro of Ch 14? Do you see the theme?


Matthew 14:23 NLTse After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.


Matthew 14:23 NLTse After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.


Once again, Jesus felt like He needed to be alone. I love this because it shows Jesus’ emotions. The same emotions He carries today. Think of that for a while. Think of making Him happy and sad. Think of a real relationship with Jesus. Is it real for you? Are you close enough to hear His heartbeat?


Matthew 14:24 NLTse Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.


Satan does not want Jesus to have time to sort out His feelings, or His disciples time to consider how His touch healed so many people and His prayers fed them. How does this apply to you and your relationship with Jesus? It really makes me think….. Did you ever hear Jesus say, “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” (Matthew 14:27 NLTse). Listen!


This is a detail most people miss, and a very important point Jesus wanted His disciples to realize. We see this based on the fact Jesus repeated the same pattern several times.


When the people recognized Jesus, the news of his arrival spread quickly throughout the whole area, and soon people were bringing all their sick to be healed. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed. (Matthew 14:35-36 NLTse).


See the faith? See how the lessons and themes come together. Here is the point…. Jesus fed the people on the Gentile side of the lake. He then returned to the Jewish side. Both sides accepted and honored Jesus for His healing powers. Why did Jesus feed the gentiles? Something to think about.


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