Scripture: Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9:1-17. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
John the Baptist had condemned Herod for living with his brother’s wife, Herodias. Herod had John killed. When Jesus had heard of the news of John’s death, he went away to a solitary place. A large crowd gathered around, and Jesus multiplied five loaves of breath and two fish to feed over five thousand people. Jesus went out to his disciples and walked on the lake. When the disciples saw Jesus, they were afraid and thought he was a ghost. Peter started to walk out to Jesus; however, he started to sink when he took his eyes off of Jesus and started worrying about the high waves around him. Jesus reached out his hand and caught Peter. Jesus had returned to his hometown, Nazareth, where he discovered that the people there refused to believe in him. Jesus sent out his twelve disciples, and they went around teaching village to village. Follow along in Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9:1-17!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Herod did not really want to kill John the Baptist, but he did not want to be embarrassed in front of birthday guests. We must not allow ourselves to get into situations where it will be too embarrassing to do what is right in God’s eyes. Rather, we should always do what is right no matter how embarrassing or painful it may be to us. God is always watching. Jesus had compassion on the people. When we are hurting, we can remember that God is hurting with us, for he has compassion on His children. Jesus made time in his busy schedule to spend time with his Father God. When we spend time with God in prayer, it helps us to grow closer to Him and equips us to meet the challenges and struggles in our daily lives. Peter started to sink because he took his eyes off of Jesus and worried about the troubles around him. We must keep our faith when situations are difficult, focusing on God’s power instead of focusing on our own inadequacies. There are many people who still refuse to believe in God and His Word. However, we must not allow that to keep us from serving God and spreading the Good News to others.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.