Different Scene, Same Heart
Jun 30, 2014
Matthew 15:29-39 captures a story that is similar to he story captured in Matthew 14:13-22, but this time, we get even more details on the crowd that had been following Jesus: this crowd included friends and family who had brought Jesus "their lame, blind, crippled mute and many others." But this time, it is not the disciples who first mention the need feed them, it is Jesus. This time, Jesus must teach the disciples not so much about trusting him for the results but to have a heart.
And the way he does this is by explaining his own:
He called his disciples and said, “I hurt for these people. For three days now they’ve been with me, and now they have nothing to eat. I can’t send them away without a meal—they’d probably collapse on the road.” (The Message)
Sometimes, what we need is Jesus' help in getting the job done, but sometimes, what we first need is to learn to "see the world like you do." I know I do.