Memory Verse: Matthew 15:31
15:29-31 The Multitude Wondered At Jesus’ Healing Power
Mark 7:31-32, 37
- 15:29 Jesus was into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon (north of Galilee) when He departed from there and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee, in the region of Decapolis. This was still the region of the Gentiles (those who were not Jews, did not follow the Old Testament, nor did they worship Jehovah). He went up into a mountain and sat down there.
- 15:30 The news that Jesus was a Healer started to spread. Maybe the news about the gentile mother who had her request granted by Jesus thus causing her daughter to made be made whole instantly was spread. Whatever the reason was, great multitudes came unto Jesus and they brought those who had physical problems and cast them down at Jesus’ feet. This included the lame (unable to walk), blind (unable to see), dumb (unable to speak), maimed (part of the body is crippled) and many others—is wasn’t limited to just certain kinds of disabilities or problems but it included all different kinds of people who had physical problems and suffering. What did Jesus do? He healed them. Application: You have a greater problem than any physical problem, it is called sin. Are you willing to come to Jesus for healing? All His physical healing points to the spiritual healing that He offers through faith in Himself.
- 15:31 Jesus’ healing was complete and undeniable. Instantly the dumb were able to speak, the maimed were whole and no longer crippled, the lame were able to walk and the blind were able to see. Note: This wasn’t like many modern day false healers who pray “in Jesus name” but there is no real healing that is complete and undeniable. Jesus healed the hardest problems that could be verified—not just headaches or backaches. This caused two reactions from the multitude of gentiles:
- Wonder—the multitude was amazed that Jesus could really heal them. It caused them all to marvel when they started to see all those of physical problems be heal of their problem and start doing something they couldn’t do before.
- Glory—the multitude glorified the God of Israel. They positively acknowledge God for what He did through Jesus. They were thankful and responded in praise. The term “God of Israel” refers to their understanding of God’s relationship with the Jewish people. We don’t know how much they understood about God, but in the Old Testament healing and miracles (such as causing the blind to see) are done by God, thus Matthew recorded this story of healing to also witness to the Jews and each new generation that Jesus was sent by God.
Exodus 4:11; Psalm 146:8
- Conclusion: Jesus’ miracles prove that He was sent from God and He was here on a mission. Jesus wants to be the Healer of your life. You have a great problem called sin. Only Jesus has the power to heal you of your sickness. Humbly cast your self at His feet to seek for forgiveness and you will find it. Hear the testimony of those who have had their sins pardoned and you will be amazed at what Jesus has done. Only through Jesus can you be reconciled to God and truly glorify Him.
15:32-39 The Multitude Are Satisfied With Jesus’ Providing Power
- 15:32 After healing all those who came to Him seeking healing, Jesus called His disciples unto Him and told them that He has “compassion on the multitude”— He was moved in His inner being and willing to show kindness, favor, grace and mercy to these people. He was moved with compassion because they continued with Him three days up to that point, but they didn’t have nothing to eat. Jesus wasn’t willing to send them away fasting because they might faint on the way. Note: Jesus cared about the physical concerns of those He was around and didn’t focus on just the spiritual—although He never focused on the physical and neglected the spiritual. Application: Jesus knows your situation and He is willing to have compassion on you if you would come to Him.
- 15:33 Jesus’ disciples looked at the situation without “eyes of faith.” They asked Jesus where they could get enough bread in the wilderness to feed such a great multitude of people. The disciples understood the situation: they couldn’t send everyone away because they didn’t have enough strength for the journey as Jesus said but also they are in a desolate place where they can’t get any food to give to the people. To the disciples the situation must seem hopeless. Thankfully, Jesus specializes in hopeless situations. He would again use this as a time to teach His disciples to have confidence in Him. Application: Jesus knowns your needs and wants you to rely on Him.
- 15:34-37a Jesus asked His disciples, “How many loaves have ye?” They responded telling Jesus that they only have seven loaves of bread and a few little fishes. Then Jesus commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground—(last time He commanded them to sit in the grass, thus we see this was a different season and a different event than the other miraculous feeding). Then Jesus took the seven loaves of bread and the few little fishes and performed a miracle. First, He gave thanks and then He brake them, and gave them to His disciples, and the disciples gave them to the multitude. The miracle was that the supply of bread and fish never ended (they kept giving) until the multitude all ate and were filled. Application: Jesus shows us grace. His miracle points to who He really is.
- 15:37b-38 Not including women in children, there were at least 4,000 men. That means there could have been between 4,000-14,000 people there. Every person there ate and was filled. They didn’t get food from anywhere else because the place they were was uninhabited. Finally, after they finished eating they took up seven baskets full of the broken meat that was left. Application: Jesus provides us with more than need—His generosity points to the abundant life for all those who trust in Him. Application: Jesus provides us with more than need—His generosity points to the abundant life for all those who trust in Him.
- 15:39 Finally, now that the multitude had energy for the journey, Jesus dismissed them and sent them away. Then He got onto the ship and went into the coasts of Magdala (or the region of Magadan).
- What kind of people were brought to Jesus?
- What did Jesus do when these people came to Him?
- Why did Jesus have compassion on them?
- Why could have the situation seemed hopeless to the disciples?
- How did Jesus deal with the situation?