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Matthew 14

What information does the chapter contain?

– John the Baptist beheaded (:1-12).  While John was not beheaded at this time, here we find the details about it.  Herod beheaded him after making a rash oath.

– The feeding of the five thousand (:13-21).  While this is how the miracle is normally titled, it was actually greater than this, because the five thousand does not count the women and children who were present (:21) – leading some to estimate the actual number around 12,000.  Not only did Jesus feed that many people with only five loaves and two fish, but they had enough left over to fill twelve baskets!

– Jesus walking on water (:22-36).  What a sight to behold that must have been.  It is easy to see why those in the boat responded by worshipping Him and saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”

How can we apply the chapter to our lives?

– Be willing to lose your head to save your soul.  John’s stand against Herod’s unlawful marriage was not popular, but it was right.  Each of us must decide if we are more concerned about pleasing men or God (Galatians 1:10).  Choose God.  You may lose out on certain things of this world – including your physical life – but you will gain so much more in return.

– Spend time alone in prayer.  As busy as He was, Jesus often got away from the crowds and even His disciples to be alone to pray (:13, 22).  If Jesus needed time alone in prayer, what does that say about you?

– Keep your eyes on Jesus.  Peter did fine walking on the water until he became distracted by the wind.

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Have a great day in His word!

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