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Matthew 14; Mark 6; John 5-6
* In Matthew 13 (from last week) and Mark 6 (this week) we get a small glimpse into Jesus’ family.
* Jesus returns to Nazarath with His Disciples.
* He begins teaching in the synagogue and many are confused almost. They know Him. Isn’t this Mary and Joseph's son? His brothers James, Joses, and Juda and Simon? His sisters are here with us. We know from this that He has at least 2 sisters since it is plural. We also know those sisters still live at home, or perhaps are married and have stayed.
* It’s exciting to know that Jesus grew up with Sisters. He would have interacted and learned so much about women from, not only Mary, but them as well.
* They would have been the first women He interacted with, and who may have known of His divine calling.
Herodias + her Daughter
* More often than not, we find righteous women in the scriptures. Today, we do not though.
* Go through this story.
* It is in several of the chapters this week.
* Herodias was Phillips wife.
* Phillip passes away and his brother, Herod, takes his wife, Herodias as his own.
* John the Baptist has told them that it wasn’t lawful for him to has his brothers wife. This was against the Law of Moses.
* Well, Herodias didn’t like that and wanted John killed. However, she couldn’t make that call and her husband put him in prison b/c He was a man of God and did not think that John had done anything to have him killed.
* It is Herod's birthday and they are celebrating. Herodias’ daughter comes out and dances. In the Women of the New Testament book - Hannah mentioned that often we think this is some sort of seductive dance. It never says that though. At this time, and situation, it would have been common for a young girl (10-11) to do a dance at a party that is more theatrical or gymnastics in nature. He enjoys it and offers her whatever she’d like.
* So goes and consults with her mother. Who tells her daughter to ask for John’s head on a charger.
* Can you imagine asking your 11 year old to ask for that? The king has to follow through b/c he’s made an oath and in front of a LOT of people!
* So, he sent it to have that done. The servant brings the head of John the Baptist to the GIRL! To the damsel the scriptures say.
* Needless to say, Herodias was a wicked woman who was teaching her daughter her ways.
Feeding the 5,000
* They feed 5000 + women and children.
* Jesus taught families that day. He fed families that day. It was not just the men, but the women and children who followed Him too.
* Satan wants us to believe that there isn’t enough for everyone. That we need to be selfish with our possessions, our blessings, our spiritual gifts, etc. HE wants us to think there isn’t enough to go around. However, this story shows us that there is enough. There is enough for 5,000 men PLUS the women and children in the company. (Matthew 14:21)
Peter Walking on Water
* “One of the clearest messages in the New Testament is that Jesus Christ is a healer. Accounts of the Savior healing the sick and afflicted are many—from a woman with a fever to a widow’s son who had died. Why the emphasis on physical healing? What messages might there be for us in these miracles? Certainly one obvious message is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, with power over all things, including our physical pains and imperfections. But another meaning is found in His words to the skeptical scribes: “That ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins” (Mark 2:10). So when you read about a blind person or a leper being healed, you might think of the healing—both spiritual and physical—that you can receive from the Savior and hear Him say to you, “Thy faith hath saved thee” (Luke 7:50).” CFM Manual