The Kingdom Unhindered #1 – Matthew 14:13-21
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. 14 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
splagchnizomai – to be moved to one’s bowels
Sympathy – feeling bad for someone.
Empathy – Feeling for someone because you relate to what they’re going through.
Compassion – Feeling for someone in a way that motivates you to action.
“I don’t care” (on left)
“Sometimes I’m moved” (in middle)
“I am full of compassion” (on right)
15 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”
> The disciples’ practical eyes have blinded their compassion eyes.
>> Never allow the practical to keep you from acting in compassion.
16 But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” 17 “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered.
7 Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!” 8 Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. 9 “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”
> The disciples’ sensible eyes have blinded their faith eyes.
>> Never allow the sensible to keep you from acting in faith.
18 “Bring them here,” he said. 19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. 19 Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people.
> Jesus involved the disciples to demonstrate that he loves to work through us.
20 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. 21 About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children!
> Jesus used the boy’s offering to demonstrate that he can do miraculous things with our small gifts.
> You can’t control what you have,
But you can control whether you’re willing to give it or not.
> When you give everything, Jesus makes the impossible, possible.
TBI: In Part One of The Kingdom Unhindered, Jesus feeds thousands with one boy’s gift. What can he do with your gift?