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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bible Study - verse by verse # 42

Matthew 14:14 Jesus performed some miracles as signs of His identity. He used other miracles to teach the important truths. But here we read that He healed people because he "was moved with compassion for them." Jesus was, and is, a loving, caring and feeling person. When you are suffering, remember that Jesus hurts with you. He has compassion on you.

Matthew 14:21 The text states that there were 5,000 men present, besides women and children. Therefore, the total number of people Jesus fed could have been 10 to 15 thousand. The number of men is listed separately because in the Jewish culture of the day, men and women usually ate separately when in public. The children ate with the women.

Matthew 14:23 Seeking solitude was an important priority for Jesus. He made room in His busy schedule to be alone with the Father. Spending time with God in prayer nurtures a vital relationship and equips us to meet life's challenges and struggles. Develop the discipline of spending time alone with God - it will help you grow spiritually and become more and more like Christ.

Matthew 14:28 Peter was not putting Jesus to the test, something we are told not to do. Instead he was the only one in the boat to react in faith. His impulsive request led him to experience a rather unusual demonstration of God's power. Peter started to sink because he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the high waves around him. His faith wavered when he realized what he was doing. We may not walk on water, but we do walk through tough situations. If we focus on the waves of difficult circumstances around us without looking to Jesus for help, we too may despair and sink. To maintain your faith when situations are difficult, keep your eyes on Jesus' power rather than on your inadequacies. 

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