Welcome back to JPCE SPIRITUAL TALK BIBLE STUDIES- Today is Matthew 14 study and breakdown we have 36 verses to cover so without anymore hesitation lets get into our study and have once again broken this down into sections, thank you all for following my studies "Peace be to you all!!!"
HEROD'S FEARS, SEE ALSO (MARK 6:14-29; LUKE 3:19-20; LUKE 9:7-9)
14:1-12: SEE MARK 6:17-29 THE NOTES I HAVE ARE THE SAME: The beheading of St. John the Baptist is remembered and honored in the Church on August 29 with a day of fasting: This was part of the Lord's plan of salvation, that John's martyrdom was allowed so the Coming of the Messiah to be announced to the souls of Hades, for John was indeed the forerunner of Christ (Yeshua) there as well as here on earth!!! At Matins on this day we sing, "Your tongue which constantly speaks of God has preceded Christ into death, and is sent to preach Him to those in Hades..." John the Baptist is also remembered for his extreme obedience to the Law in general, a teacher-preacher of both truth & righteous, teaching salvation and repentance of sins!!! John was a defender of marriage, even in condemning Herod's unlawful marriage to his brother's wife (vv. 3, 4): St. John's obedience to the Lord was something that preferred death over compromise!!! At Vespers on this day, we sing, "When your head was cut off, you revealed to us the Law of God, abolishing man's disobedience to the Law!!!"
FEEDING THE FIVE THOUSAND, SEE ALSO (MARK 6:30-44; LUKE 9:10-17; JOHN 6:1-14)
14:13: ACCORDING TO SOME EARLY SAINTS: When Yeshua heard it refers not to John's death, but to Herod's comment that Yeshua was John raised from the dead (v. 2), since the account of John's death is given parenthetically!!!
14:14-21: THIS MIRACLE, REPORTED BY ALL FOUR EVANGELISTS: Showing us that Yeshua (Jesus) is indeed feeding a great multitude of His people as He fed the Israelites in the desert (see, Exodus 16): Many early Saints and Church Fathers see in this an image of the Eucharist, an idea made clear in (John 6): In (Matthew 15:32-39), another miracle is mentioned where Yeshua (Jesus) is feeding a crowd of four thousand people with seven loaves and a few small fish: While some modern day scholars have said and even tried to attempt to say these two stories are the same story!!! According to the witnesses who wrote and gave us the Gospel state pretty clearly that these two events where indeed different accounts, furthermore with Christ Himself referring to both of them separately (Matthew 16:8-10): MOVED WITH COMPASSION- Is used many times concerning our Lord (Matthew 20:34; Mark 1:41; Mark 6:34; Luke 7:13)- shows us His power and authority are extended to those who also suffer!!! According to many early Saints the "FIVE LOAVES" INDICATES THE FIVE BOOKS OF THE LAW (GENESIS-DEUTERONOMY)- Which are broken open in Christ and thus, feeds the universe: "THE TWO FISH" REPRESENT THE GOSPEL BOOK AND THE EPTISLTE BOOK- Teaching of the fishermen, gathering of the leftovers by the apostles (v .20) is showing us that the teachings of the faithful are unable to grasp are nevertheless held in the consciousness of the Church!!!
14:19: Yeshua (Jesus) is showing us we should never eat without first giving thanks to the Lord our God!!!- we can point to the Last Supper (Matthew 26:26)!!!
WALKING ON WATER, SEE ALSO (MARK 6:45-52; JOHN 6:15-21)
14:22-33: ONLY THE LORD OUR GOD- Has dominion over nature; so the miracle is confirming the true divinity of Christ Himself - see also (Luke 8:23-27 & Luke 8:22-25)- see my video content
14:27: THIS WAS THE SECOND TIME CHRIST ALLOWED HIS DISCIPLES TO BE CAUGHT IN A STORM, (see, Matthew 8:23-27): IT IS "I" Is literally translated "I AM" which is the Divine name of the Lord our God "YAWHEH"- (JOHN 8:58)- SEE VIDEO CONTENT FOR MORE SUMMARY!!!
14:28-30: PETER'S FAITH ALLOWS HIM TO WALK ON WATER: PETER, does not ask to walk on water per se, but his desire to come to Yeshua (Jesus) isn't to perform miracles but rather be with the Lord instead of in the boat!!! PETER is able to participate in this miracle because he had his complete focus and faith in Christ, but when his fear and distraction set in he
quickly started to sink!!!
14:31: THE GREEK TERM FOR DOUBT BEING USED HERE MEANS: "WAVERING" OR "HESITATION": The cause wasn't the storm but the doubt of Peter, Yeshua does not rebuke the wind here but Peter is the one rebuked!!!
14:33: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE DISCIPLES CONFESS YESHUA (JESUS) IS THE SON OF GOD: Knowing that it seems only the Lord is to be worshipped and trusted, by this worshipping they are confessing the true Divinity of Christ!!! THE BOAT IS SYMBOLIC: FOR THE CHURCH AND ALL TRUE BELEVIERS TRUE FOLLOWERS OF YESHUA!!!
HEALING CONTINUES, SEE ALSO (MARK 6:53-56)
14:36: CHRIST PERMITS MIRCALES THROUGH TOUCH: To show us that His very body is life, so any contact with His flesh is life-creating (see, also Matthew 9:20-22):
READ PEACE WITH THE PSALMS/ NO FEAR IN FALLING PSALM 94
MESSAGE ABOUT JOY EVEN IN ROUGH TIMES!!!
2 CORINTHIANS 6:10
as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
-I may not have a lot but it's what I have eternally is my true gift, that gift is eternal peace!!! I'm spiritually rich and for the first time in my life my new identity makes sense, I'm in Christ now and His Holy Spirit leads me, guides me and protects me!!! The joy I feel is something only the Lord can give and what I have can't be filled by money or any earthly or worldly desires, because of eternal joy and peace, I'm truly free and joyful!!!
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