Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"

Feeding the Sheep

Briefing: Have you ever been on two calls that were exactly the same? I have been on thousands and never had the same call twice.

Dispatch (Assignment): Read Matthew 15:29-39 then read Matthew 14:13-21 for the feeding of the five thousand.

On the Street: From a human perspective, this would have been a positive movement in Jesus' ministry. Verse thirty-one says the crowd praised the God of Israel. This is significant because these are not Jews, but lost sheep of Israel. This crowd is made up of gentiles. Simply put, a gentile is anyone who is not a Jew. When Jesus fed the five thousand, in Matthew 14:13, it was a Jewish audience.

This is a list of the differences between the two events:

5000 fed - 4000 fed
Jewish audience - Gentile audience
Started with 5 loaves of bread - Started with 7 loaves of bread
12 baskets of leftovers - 7 baskets of leftovers
The disciples left without Jesus ? Jesus left with the disciples

The similarities are below:

15:19 ? Jesus gives thanks - 14:36 ? Jesus gives thanks
15:20 ? The people were satisfied - 14:37 ? The people were satisfied

After the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus sent the disciples on ahead of Him. That is when they ran into the huge storm. "Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowd". I wonder if they were having flashbacks as they were finishing the feeding of the four thousand. It must have been a relief when, in verse thirty-nine it says, "After Jesus had sent the crowd away, He got into the boat?"

Investigational Resources: Mark's gospel has this story in chapter 8:1-13.

Officer Safety Principle: In our last study, Jesus told the disciples that He only came for the lost sheep of Israel. Here we see that He came for us, too. I don't know about you, but I want Him in the boat with me.

from The Gospel of Matthew Through the Eyes of a Cop
©2012 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.

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