One Year Bible Reflections - Flipbook - Page 92
M AT T H E W 1 5 : 2 9 – 1 6 : 1 2
Jesus returned to the Sea of Galilee and
climbed a hill and sat down. 30A vast
crowd brought to him people who were
lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t
speak, and many others. They laid them
before Jesus, and he healed them all.
31 The crowd was amazed! Those who
hadn’t been able to speak were talking,
the crippled were made well, the lame
were walking, and the blind could see
again! And they praised the God of Israel.
32 Then Jesus called his disciples and
told them, “I feel sorry for these people.
They have been here with me for three
days, and they have nothing left to eat. I
don’t want to send them away hungry, or
they will faint along the way.”
33The disciples replied, “Where would
we get enough food here in the wilderness for such a huge crowd?”
34 Jesus asked, “How much bread do
They replied, “Seven loaves, and a few
35 So Jesus told all the people to sit
down on the ground. 36Then he took the
seven loaves and the fish, thanked God
for them, and broke them into pieces.
He gave them to the disciples, who distributed the food to the crowd.
37They all ate as much as they wanted.
Afterward, the disciples picked up seven
large baskets of leftover food. 38There
were 4,000 men who were fed that day,
in addition to all the women and children. 39Then Jesus sent the people home,
and he got into a boat and crossed over to
the region of Magadan.
16:1 One day the Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus, demanding that
he show them a miraculous sign from
heaven to prove his authority.
2 He replied, “You know the saying,
‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow; 3red sky in the morning means
foul weather all day.’ You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but
you don’t know how to interpret the signs
of the times!* 4Only an evil, adulterous
generation would demand a miraculous
sign, but the only sign I will give them is
the sign of the prophet Jonah.*” Then
Jesus left them and went away.
5 Later, after they crossed to the other
side of the lake, the disciples discovered
they had forgotten to bring any bread.
6 “Watch out!” Jesus warned them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and
7At this they began to argue with each
other because they hadn’t brought any
bread. 8Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “You have so little faith!
Why are you arguing with each other
about having no bread? 9 Don’t you
understand even yet? Don’t you remember the 5,000 I fed with five loaves, and
the baskets of leftovers you picked up?
10 Or the 4,000 I fed with seven loaves,
and the large baskets of leftovers you
picked up? 11Why can’t you understand
that I’m not talking about bread? So
again I say, ‘Beware of the yeast of the
Pharisees and Sadducees.’”
12 Then at last they understood that
he wasn’t speaking about the yeast in
bread, but about the deceptive teaching
of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
16:2-3 Several manuscripts do not include any of the words
in 16:2-3 after He replied. 16:4 Greek the sign of Jonah.
For the choir director: A psalm of David.
In times of trouble, may the Lord
answer your cry.
May the name of the God
of Jacob keep you safe from
2 May he send you help from his
and strengthen you from
3 May he remember all your gifts
and look favorably on your burnt
May he grant your heart’s desires
and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy when we hear
of your victory
and raise a victory banner in the
name of our God.