Scripture: Matthew 15:29-31; Mark 7:31-37; Matthew 15:32-39; Mark 8:1-10)

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READ and STUDY the WORD

The Crowd Marvels At Jesus’ Healings

Matthew 15:29-31 (KJV) 29 And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there.  30 And great multitudes came unto Him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and He healed them: 31 Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.

Mark 7:31-37 (KJV) 31 And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, He (Jesus) came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.  32 And they bring unto Him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech Him to put His hand upon him.  33 And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers into his ears, and He spit, and touched the man’s tongue; 34 And looking up to heaven, He sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.  35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.  36 And He charged them that they should tell no man: but the more He charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it; 37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: He maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

Questions:

1. Where did Jesus go (Matthew 15:29)?

2. Who were brought to Him (Matthew 15:30; Mark 7:32)?

3. What did Jesus do (Matthew 15:30-31)?

4. How did the people respond (Matthew 15:31; Mark 7:37)?

Answers:

1. Jesus went up into a mountain.

2. Those who were lame, blind, dumb, maimed and many others were brought to Jesus.

3. Jesus healed them.

4. They glorified the God of Israel.  And were astonished and said, “He has done all things well!  He makes both the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak.”

Jesus Feeds Four Thousand

Matthew 15:32-39 (KJV) 32 Then Jesus called His disciples unto Him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with Me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.  33 And His disciples say unto Him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?  34 And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.  35 And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.  36 And He took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.  37 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.  38 And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.  39 And He sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.

Mark 8:1-10 (KJV) In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples unto Him, and saith unto them,  I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with Me three days, and have nothing to eat: And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.  And His disciples answered Him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?  And He asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.  And He commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and He took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to His disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.  And they had a few small fishes: and He blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.  So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.  And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and He sent them away.  10 And straightway He entered into a ship with His disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.

Questions:

1. Why did Jesus have compassion on the people (Matthew 15:32; Mark 8:2)?

2. How many did Jesus feed with 7 loaves of bread and a few little fish (Matthew 15:38; Mark 8:9)?

Answers:

1. Jesus had compassion on the people for they had been with him for three days and they had nothing to eat.

2. Jesus feed four thousand men (plus women and children) with 7 loaves of bread and a few little fish.

Religious Leaders Ask For A Sign In The Sky

Matthew 16:1-4 (KJV) The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired Him that He would shew them a sign from heaven.  He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.  And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?  A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And He left them, and departed.

Mark 8:11-13 (KJV) 11 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with Him, seeking of Him a sign from heaven, tempting Him.  12 And He sighed deeply in His spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.  13 And He left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side.

Questions:

1. What did the Pharisees and Sadducees want Jesus to do (Matthew 16:1; Mark 8:11)?

2. What did Jesus infer the Pharisees and Sadducees were (Matthew 16:4)?

3. Did Jesus give them a sign (Matthew 16:4; Mark 8:12)?

Answers:

1. The Pharisees and Sadducees wanted Jesus to show them a sign from heaven.

2. Jesus inferred the Pharisees and Sadducees were a wicked and adulterous generation.

3. Jesus did not give them a sign.

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 16:4 (KJV) “A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He (Jesus) left them, and departed.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse.  What was the sign of the prophet Jonah? For some help look up Matthew 12:38-42.  Jesus knew that the Pharisees were not going to follow Him and would never put their trust in Him.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 15:32 Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with Me three days and have nothing to eat.  I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Jesus loves us so much that He’s concerned about every area of our life.  How easily we get discouraged when faced with difficult situations.  Like the disciples, we often forget that God has cared for us in the past, and He will do so in the present and also the future.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We need to share with others how God has helped us in the past and is still helping us in the present.  We need to be sensitive to others’ difficult situations.  Perhaps you or I are being called to help someone with an encouraging word, a meal, or even money. If God has brought someone in need across your path He has a plan that probably includes you.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, Thank You for Your healing power (Matthew 15:30-31). Lord, thank You for doing all things well (Matthew 15:31; Mark 7:37).  Lord, thank You for showing us compassion (Matthew 15:32; Mark 8:2). Lord, thank You for providing for us (Matthew 15:38; Mark 8:9). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I always thank the Lord for His blessings.” <>< Dona