SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 14:22-24
After everyone was fed, Jesus made the disciples go on ahead of him in the boat on the Sea of Galilee. He dismissed the crowd and then went up a mountainside to pray alone. A wind had come up against the boat.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 15, Day 4: Matthew 14:22-24
10a) The people began to call Jesus the Prophet. They wanted to make him king by force so he withdrew to the mountain by himself.
For His disciples: he wanted to protect his disciples from an unruly crowd.
For the crowd: he wanted to escape the crowd and not get their hopes up about his earthly kingdom
For Jesus himself: he wanted to talk to His father alone and escape the hubbub, too.
11a) Jesus intentionally sends us into the storms in our lives so we can learn from them and grow closer to God.
b) I do not like living where I am living, and I’m trying to figure out how to move as quickly as possible. It’s an extreme let down here, but I’m trying to find God’s plan for me here until I can move again.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 15, Day 4: Matthew 14:22-24
I love how there can be so much packed into three verses in the Bible. We get more information when we read the same story in different Gospels. I love how Jesus needed to be alone as much as we sometimes need to be alone.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 15, Day 4: Matthew 14:22-24
Jesus made his disciples leave for many reasons:
- To escape the crowd who may have become exceptionally needy after this miracle
- To ensure the messianic outcry did not burgeon out of control (John 6:15)
- To be alone with His Father
- To rest
- To pray
Jesus needed to be with God and pray, as we all do in the midst of our daily lives and service.
Jesus controlled the storm he sent to the disciples in the boat. He let them row for many hours — till they point they had to rely on him. Perhaps Jesus was praying for them, too, on the mountainside with God.
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