Text: Matthew 15:32-39
EMHB 406 – My God I am Thine: what a comfort Divine
Memory Verse: Matthew 15:36 “And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples, and the disciples gave to the multitudes.”
DAY: John 12; NIGHT: Genesis 33-34
Jesus was often misunderstood by His disciples and some others. While He always desired to raise their level of faith and understanding, they appeared more to understand Him on the surface level.
Nicodemus mistook spiritual birth to mean physical birth (John 3:1-9). The disciples understood “leaven of Pharisees” (Matt. 16:6) to mean physical bread instead of false doctrines. When Jesus spoke to Judas Iscariot to do what he wanted to do quickly, they understood Jesus to mean the physical purse, etc.
In our passage, while Jesus had compassion so as to feed the crowd, the disciples still doubted how this could be possible in the wilderness, especially in terms of the normal source of food supply. They still regarded Him as a human person. More painful still, they did not understand Jesus that He was feeding the Jews and the Gentiles in the passage as a sign of breaking the age-long barrier of hostility between them.
The Lord, as usual, was teaching the highest level of prayer which is thanksgiving (prayer, supplication and thanksgiving). Thanksgiving, as done here by Jesus, is more than mere appreciation. It implies total commitment to God, giving Him your time and attention, enjoying His company, seeking to please Him, making Him a priority in life. It is seeking His relationship rather than His blessings. It is Christ-centred rather than self-seeking or self-centered. So, prayer and supplication should be used to build relationship with God more than seeking God’s blessings. Blessings are already guaranteed in the Scriptures. (Matt. 6:33, Col. 3:1). Real thanksgiving is more result-oriented than praying for blessing. The passage also teaches that:
i. We should also have
compassion for one in distress,
to help people in dire need, etc
ii. Have belief in God, when we
pray, that something that is
insufficient may after all be
iii. Nothing is difficult or
impossible for God to do if you
have implicit faith in Him.
PRAYER: Lord, continue to be the spring of all my joys, the life of my delight, the glory of my brightest days and the comforts of my nights in Jesus’ name. Amen.