Matthew 16:5-12 Leaven of the Pharisees

A little leaven spoils the whole lump

A little leaven spoils the whole lump

Have your ever seen someone, when they are totally frustrated by something they see or hear, slap their hand over their eyes and slowly draw it down their face? Usually this is accompanied by an audible groan or sigh. Maybe you have even done this yourself a time or two. I know I have. This is what I imagine Jesus doing during our story today.

Jesus and His disciples have just left Mangadom after their run in with the Pharisees and Sadducees. When Jesus walked straight to the boat, His disciples quickly followed Him. They didn’t take time to go shopping for supplies or even pick up the remaining leftovers from the three day healing and praise service. There were five baskets full when they left. They had probably been using them for their meals since leaving. No one thought to grab the basket on the way to the boat. Read more »

Matthew 16:1-4 The Pharisees Want a Sign

View by the Sea of Galilee

View by the Sea of Galilee

Jesus has just come off the mountaintop and He and His disciples headed to another seaport town on the Sea of Galilee named Magadan. When I Googled this town, Daily Bible Study tells me it might actually be the same town Mary Magdalene came from. Upon arrival, they meet the Pharisees again. I wonder if this group is made up of the same men as Jesus has encountered before. Was there a group assigned to follow Him wherever He went, or is every encounter filled with new faces? Jesus’ short answer to them this time leads me to believe at least some of them were familiar faces and had asked the same question of Him before.

Matthew doesn’t tell us of any miracles or teaching Jesus did while in this area. We are only told of this one encounter while ashore. I wonder if that means that Jesus and His group just stopped off for a quick moment or if whatever else happened there was so routine that it simply didn’t get mentioned. Why did Jesus come to this town in the first place? Is it possible that Jesus stopped here for some alone time after His three day marathon meeting? Did the Pharisees appearance prompt Jesus’ departure from the Read more »

From the Caterpillar to the Butterfly

As I was responding to a comment from the last post, I was given a picture I wanted to share with you. I am posting it today instead of my usual bible study post. It is a thank You letter to God for bringing me through the dark places in my life. I hope it touches you or you find something useful you can relate to in it. If not, thank you for indulging me as I post what is on my heart today.

my change

It feels as if I have been crawling on the ground forever. Always looking down at the earth beneath my body. Breathing in the dirt and grime that others stir up when they pass me by. I am filthy and empty. I search for places of hope and refreshing, but before I get there, it seems to be snatched away. I try so hard to be positive, but even there I am failing. Please tell me; will this torture of my soul ever end? I can’t go on like this. I REFUSE to go on like this! I will simply curl up and die. Read more »

Matthew 15:32-39 Dining With Jesus Again

Have you surrendered ALL that you are holding, or are you holding something back?

Have you surrendered ALL that you are holding, or are you holding something back?

As we saw yesterday, Jesus is back on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. He has been on the mountain top healing all who were brought to Him for three days now. The whole mountain is ablaze with praise to God for all the wondrous works Jesus has done. Things appear to finally be winding down.

Jesus calls His disciples to Himself and tells them that it is time to feed the people. They have been with Jesus for three days now and He is concerned for them. I don’t know if they have all been without food for the entire time or if they have run out of what they brought, but Jesus says they are hungry. He says they are so hungry that they might faint while on the way to find something to eat.

Jesus just fed 5,000 men, plus women and children, a short time ago. So you would expect the disciples to react with faith. “Ok. Let’s gather what we have on hand and let Jesus bless it. He did it before, I’m sure He can do it again; especially since He initiated the conversation.” Nope. They acted as if He were again asking them to go scrounge up dinner on their own for the crowd. “Where are we to get enough bread in such a desolate place to feed so great a crowd?” (verse 33). Read more »

Matthew 15:29-31 Jesus is Back in Town

Mountain top Praise Festival

Mountain top Praise Festival

Jesus and His disciples have returned from Tyre and Sidon. They have arrived back on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. He is recharged and ready to get back to the task of ministering to the people. Jesus walks over to a mountain and sits down there. He settles in for the long haul. I wonder if this is the same mountain where He taught the beatitudes.

As soon as Jesus gets settled, TONS of people come to Him asking for His help. We are told that they brought “the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others” (verse 30). They brought these people right to Jesus and put them at His feet, and He healed them ALL.

The crowd was awed with every miracle they saw! They “saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, the blind seeing” (verse 31), “AND THEY GLORIFIED THE GOD OF ISRAEL” (verse 31). Read more »