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Matthew 15:32-39 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: 4000 Fed

Matthew 15:32-39 – 4,000 Fed

|| Mark 8:1-10

MT15:32 But Jesus called his disciples around him and said, “I am feeling compassion[1] over the crowd because it is already three days[2] since they approached me and they have had nothing to eat. I do not want to dismiss them fasting. They may give out on the road.”[3] MT15:33 His disciples asked him, “Where in this isolated place are there enough loaves of bread to satisfy this crowd?” MT15:34 Now Jesus told them, “How many loaves do you have?”[4] The disciples said, “Only seven and a few small fish.”[5] MT15:35 Having ordered the crowd to recline on the ground MT15:36 Jesus took the seven loaves of bread and the fish and giving thanks he broke the bread and gave it to his disciples, and the disciples to the crowd. MT15:37 And everyone ate and was satisfied.[6] The surplus of leftovers[7] they gathered filled seven provision baskets. MT15:38 Those who ate included four-thousand males apart from women and little boys.[8] MT15:39 Having dismissed the crowds Jesus boarded the boat and arrive into the Magadan area.[9]


[1] Compassion: Or, PME: my heart goes out. This crowd has just experienced unnumbered miracles and the joyous conversation with tears of happiness must be awesome. We can only imagine their emotions.

[2] Three days: Imagine such a crowd, so filled with energy and elation they have lost the count of time and at least one night has passed. The strength and example of the Nazarene is something to admire.

[3] They may give out on the road: Or, RHM: lest by any means they faint; PME: collapse on the way; BAS: they will have no strength for the journey.

[4] How many loaves do you have: The disciples either are aware of the availability of this food or they carry it themselves. They have walked over fifty miles and climbed a mountain. Surely there is at least the passing concern they will not have enough.

[5] A few small fish: They may have fished at the lake or carried dried fish with them.

[6] Everyone ate and was satisfied: Or, TCNT: everyone had sufficient to eat; NEB: they all ate to their heart’s content.

[7] Surplus of leftovers: Or, KJV: broken meat; BER: leftovers filled seven hampers; NEB: the scraps left over.

[8] Males apart from women and little boys: See Matthew 14:21.

[9] Arrive into the Magadan area: About a ten mile row along the coast. This is the only occurrence of this place name. The name means “tower” and was the hometown of Mary Magdalene.



Matthew 14:14-22 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: 5,000 Fed

Matthew 15:1-20 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Tradition and the Heart

Matthew 15:21-28 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Giving Bread to Puppies

Matthew 15:29-31 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Jesus Cures



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Matthew 14:14-22 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: 5,000 Fed

Matthew 14:14-22 – 5,000 Fed

|| Mark 6:31-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-13

MT14:14 Now when Jesus got out he saw the large crowd.[1] Feeling compassion[2] for them, he healed their sick. MT14:15 In the evening his disciples approached Jesus, saying, “This is an isolated place and it is late enough – tell the crowds to leave so they may go into the villages and buy something to eat.” MT14:16 But, Jesus told them, “They do not have to leave. You give them something to eat.” MT14:17 The disciples said to him: “We only have five loaves and two fish.” MT14:18 Jesus told them, “Bring me the food.” MT14:19 Now Jesus commanded the crowds to recline upon the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish and looking upward into the sky he blessed the food. He broke up the loaves and gave them to his disciples, and the disciples to the crowds. MT14:20 And they all ate and were satisfied. When they gathered up the surplus[3] of leftovers twelve baskets were full. MT14:21 The number of males[4] who ate were five thousand, not including women and little boys.[5] MT14:22 And quickly he urged his disciples to board the boat and go ahead of him to the other side of the lake while he dismissed the crowds.


[1] Large crowd: The Greek is PALYN HOCHLON and may mean a group of 5-7,000 thousand. Compare Revelation 7:9.

[2] Feeling compassion: Or, PME: deeply moved; NJB: felt pity. See notes on Matthew 9:36.

[3] They gathered up the surplus: Note nothing is wasted. Bread and fish – the simple meals these people rejoiced in is a lesson for those in the Western world.

[4] Males: The Greek has at least three words for “men” including here ANDRES (ANDROS) which means male. Sometimes crowd count is of the males only so we may assume the crowd was as much as twice the size.

[5] Little boys: The Greek is PAIDION and is also rendered: KJV: children.



Matthew 14:1-13 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: John Beheaded



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  3. Look up into heaven
  4. Miracles
  5. Not the belly
  6. Fed by Jesus
  7. Miracles of Jesus — Examples of the Authority of Jesus over Natural Forces
  8. God Deals in Leftovers
  9. With God There Are Leftovers, Part II
  10. Matthew 14, John the Baptist beheaded, Jesus feeds the five thousand, walks on water.
  11. Matthew 14丨C. H. Spurgeon
  12. Matthew 14丨John Calvin
  13. Biblical breadcrumbs, books and bereavement
  14. Miracles Today (Matthew 14:13–21)

Matthew 14:1-13 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: John Beheaded

|| Mark 6:14-29; Luke 9:7-9

MT14:1 At this time Herod[1] the Tetrarch[2] heard what people were saying about Jesus. MT14:2 Herod told his servant-boys, “This person is John the Baptist raised from the dead, and it is because of this he is able to perform dynamic works.” MT14:3 For Herod, because of his woman Herodias[3] (wife of his brother Philip[4]), had seized John and put him in prison. MT14:4 John had been telling Herod, “It is illegal for you to have her.”[5] MT14:5 So Herod wanted to kill John but he feared the crowd because they thought John was a prophet. MT14:6 Now when Herod’s birthday[6] was being celebrated the daughter of Herodias[7] danced among them and pleasured Herod so much MT14:7 that he made a sworn oath to give her whatever she requested. MT14:8 Having been coached by her mother, she said, “Here, upon a plate, the head of John the Baptist!” MT14:9 This grieved the king because of his oaths and [because] of those reclining with him. So he gave the command MT14:10 and sent for John to be beheaded in prison. MT14:11 John’s head was delivered on a plate and given to the maiden[8] and she took it to her mother. MT14:12 John’s disciples came forward, removed the corpse and buried him. Others arrived and reported back to Jesus. MT14:13 Having heard this Jesus departed from there in a boat into a solitary and secluded place.[9] When the crowds[10] heard this they set out on foot from the cities to follow him.


[1] Herod: The name occurs 55 times in the Gospels. It is a family name of Edomites. Their history is recorded by Josephus. This is Herod Antipas. Search the word Herod and see dictionaries.

[2] Tetrarch: Meaning “ruler of one-fourth.” Or, TCNT: prince; GDSP: governor.

[3] Herodias: Compare Matthew 14:1-11; Mark 6:16-28; Luke 3:19, 20; 9:9. See Jewish Antiquities, XVIII, 240-256 (vii, 1, 2); The Jewish War, II, 181-183 (ix, 6).

[4] Philip: The father of Salome by Herodias, the “maiden” who danced for Herod Antipas.

[5] It is illegal for you to have her: Or, KJV: it is not lawful; RIEU: telling him he could not marry; NJB: it is against the Law. Compare Leviticus 18:16 and Leviticus 20:21 (Matthew 19:9).

[6] Birthday: The Greek is GENESIOIS. Only one other “birthday” is mentioned directly in the Bible (Genesis 40:20). Some feel birthdays are meant in Job 1:4, 5 and Hosea 7:5. Renowned historian Augustus Neander says: “The notion of a birthday festival was far from the ideas of the Christians of this period.” (The History of the Christian Religion and Church, During the Three First Centuries, translated by H. J. Rose, 1848, p. 190) The Catholic Encyclopedia states: “Origen [a writer of the third century C.E.]… insists that ‘of all the holy people in the Scriptures, no one is recorded to have kept a feast or held a great banquet on his birthday. It is only sinners (like Pharaoh and Herod) who make great rejoicings over the day on which they were born into this world below.’” (1913, Vol. X, p. 709) M’Clintock and Strong’s Cyclopaedia (1882, Vol. I, p. 817) says, “(The Jews) regarded birthday celebrations as parts of idolatrous worship…, and this probably on account of the idolatrous rites with which they were observed in honor of those who were regarded as the patron gods of the day on which the party was born.” Whether Christians in modern periods should avoid birthday celebrations because Jews may have refused is a choice for each conscience. Some refrain others do not.

[7] Daughter of Herodias: She is known as Salome.

[8] The maiden: The Greek is KORASIO. Or, KJV: damsel; MON: young girl; NJB: girl. We can only speculate on the manner of her dance but we suppose it was intimate and erotic and perhaps directed at Herod.

[9] Into a solitary and secluded place: If the above was done to John because of his accusation against Herod’s relationship with Herodias, it can only be imagined what lays ahead for the Son of Humankind. Escaping into private and isolated spots was something Jesus did often. Or, KJV: desert place apart; TCNT: retired privately to a lonely spot; WEY: uninhabited and secluded; RIEU: a deserted place where he could be alone. Compare Mark 6:31; 9:10.

[10] The crowds: There is no rest for such a famous and renowned person. This “crowd” is later revealed to be at least 5,000 strong.



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