MATTHEW 14

6 Outlines

 

Matthew 14:1-12

SOAP OPERA

 

The arrest of John the Baptist and the events that follow have all the qualities of a soap opera.

 

FAULTY INSIGHT – Vss. 1-2

Herod thought that Jesus was John the Baptist risen from the dead.  John had been beheaded by Herod.

 

FRIVOLOUS INCARCERATION – Vss. 3-5

John was put in jail simply because he had said that Herod should not have married his brother’s wife.

Herod put John in prison to appease her.

 

FIENDISH INTRIGUE – Vss. 6-8

His wife’s daughter danced an exotic dance.  He promised her up to half of his kingdom.  She asked for John’s head.

 

FATAL INCISION – Vss. 9-11

John was beheaded.

 

FORWARDED REPORT – Vs. 12

Jesus was notified.

 

 

 

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Matthew 14:13-21

THERE IS A TIME     

 

(I gave this message on a Wednesday night. I asked lots of questions of my audience. I have left some of the questions in the outline to give you some ideas.)

 

Have there been times in your life when you've felt that you've needed a break or had to slow down, or even get away?

What are the signs that you need a break?

We can't always go on long vacations. What are some simple things we can do to get a break?

 

As busy as Jesus was, he knew when it was time for a break.

There were actually two contributing factors to Jesus taking his disciples away for a break.

 

The first contributing factor is mentioned in Vs. 13.

 

What were the "things" that had happened?

King Herod had murdered John the Baptist. John's disciples buried him and then reported to Jesus.

 

How do you think John's death and the manner in which he died affected Jesus and His disciples?

 

The second contributing factor towards the need for a break is found in Mark 6:30-31 - "And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat."

 

The disciples had been on a preaching tour around the same time as John the Baptist was killed. They came back to report to Jesus after a very busy time.  And yet there were many people coming and going and Jesus saw the need for them to have a break.

 

As we consider what happened during this "break" we want to consider 3 times in our lives.

 

THERE IS A TIME TO RETREAT - Vs. 13

 

We've already stated the two reasons for Jesus calling for the retreat. First, the news about John the Baptist had been shared. Secondly, they were so busy there was no time even to eat.

 

When we are overworked it's time to retreat.

When our emotions are shot it's time to retreat.

When we feel the burden of sin in our lives it's time to retreat.

When we need to mourn, it's time to retreat.

When our Spiritual gas tank reads "empty" we need to retreat.

We can't give to others what we don't have ourselves.

 

Retreat is more than physical rest and refreshment.

Retreat should mean time with the Creator.

Retreat should mean time with the Master.

Retreat should mean Spiritual renewal. Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 27:14, Psalm 130:5-6, Romans 15:4, John 14:27

 

Sometimes our retreats can not be very long. Some retreats will be very brief, and for Jesus and the disciples, it appears that the only retreat they got was just the ride across the lake.

 

THERE IS A TIME TO RESPOND - Vss. 14-16

 

According to Vs. 13, the people followed Jesus on foot. He ended up in a desert place, with a multitude.

 

Imagine Jesus getting out of the boat, already swarmed by hundreds, if not thousands of people.  He was bringing his disciples aside for a retreat.

 

How could Jesus have responded?

Vs. 14 - How did He respond?

             With Compassion

             He healed and taught them.

 

Mark 6:34 - "And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things."

 

But may I remind you, that our response of compassion should be strongest towards those who are without Christ. What specific ways can we show compassion to an unbeliever?

 

Vs. 15 - It was getting later in the day, and the disciples approached Jesus to send them away.  There was no food, and it was going to be dark soon in a desolate place.  This was the easy way out, but not the way of compassion.  The disciples were good at the easy way out.

 

Warning! We can always find an easy out if we want to. The easy way out will keep us from getting personally involved. The easy way out will not require us to use much faith at all.

 

Vs. 16 - Jesus response was that they didn't have to leave. He told the disciples to feed them!

 

Why do you think Jesus said that?

How should Jesus statement effect our thinking?

Perhaps we shouldn't be so quick to not attempt what appears to be impossible!

 

THERE IS A TIME TO RELY ON JESUS - Vss. 17-21

 

Vs. 17 - What the disciples considered to be the problem was actually the solution. They only had five loaves and two fishes.

To them that was the problem.

 

We do the same thing. We only look at our feeble resources instead of considering what Jesus can do with them.

We look at our limited ability to witness instead of considering what Jesus can do with that ability.

We look at our limited ability to teach instead of considering what Jesus can do with that ability.

We look at our limited ability to serve without considering what Jesus can do with that ability.

 

Vs. 18 - Jesus now told the disciples to do what was actually what He wanted them to do in the first place. They were to bring the five loaves and two fishes to Jesus!

 

It would be Jesus who multiplied the food!

It would be Jesus who fed the multitude.

All Jesus wanted was their faith in Him!

 

This is exactly the way Jesus works today.

We are to bring the little ability we have and surrender it to Him.

As we surrender it to Him, he will multiply it! John 12:24-26, John 14:12-15,

 

Vss. 19-20 - Mission Accomplished!   

 

THERE IS A TIME TO RETREAT - Vs. 13

THERE IS A TIME TO RESPOND - Vss. 14-16

THERE IS A TIME TO RELY ON JESUS - Vss. 17-21

 

 

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Matthew 14:14-21

THE LORD WILL PROVIDE

 

GREAT MULTITUDE – Vs. 14

GREAT NEED – Vs. 15

GREAT COMMANDS – Vss. 16-17

GREAT MIRACLE – Vss. 18-21

 

 

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Matthew 14:22-33

LEARNING THE WALK OF FAITH

 

JESUS ASSIGNS US TO SPECIFIC TASKS – Vss. 22-23

JESUS APPEARS WHEN THINGS LOOK BLEAK – Vss. 24-27

JESUS ASSURES OUR STEPS OF FAITH – Vss. 28-29

JESUS ACTS WHEN WE BEGIN TO SINK – Vss. 30-32

JESUS ACCEPTS OUR RESPONSE OF WORSHIP – Vs. 33

 

 

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Matthew 14:22-33

IN THE STORM

 

HIS PRESENCE IN THE STORM – Vss. 25-26

HIS PROCLAMATION IN THE STORM – Vs. 27

HIS PERMISSION IN THE STORM – Vss.28-29

HIS PERPLEXITY IN THE STORM – Vss. 30-31 – “Why did you doubt?”

HIS POWER IN THE STORM – Vss.32-33

 

 

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Matthew 14:22-33

FAITH WALK

 

One of the greatest English speaking preachers who ever lived was Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He was known as the "Prince of Preachers", and from a young age pastored in London England at a church that became known as Metropolitan Tabernacle. His sermons are still read today, as well as his classic commentary on Psalms, "The Treasury of David".

 

The ministry of Sprugeon was almost stopped before it began when Spurgeon was 22 years old. In order to accommodate the crowds that wanted to hear him, Spurgeon had rented a secular music hall called "Surrey Gardens".  The place was packed out with a crowd of about 10,000 people.

Some pranksters yelled "Fire! Fire!" and panic resulted. In the confusion, 7 people were killed and thirty taken to the hospital.

 

Spurgeon was devastated by this tragedy. The press of that day tortured him in the newspapers. It looked like his ministry was ruined. He was taken to the home of a trusted friend to recuperate.

 

According to the Book, THE HIDDEN PRICE OF GREATNESS by Ray Beeson and Ranelda Mack Hunsicker, (C. 1991 by the authors, printed by Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois, pages 51-52) "Plunged into a pit of anguish, he sought comfort from God. None came. Tears and doubts filled his waking thoughts and nightmares filled his sleep. He opened his Bible in search of strength; it only deepened his grief. His prayers seemed to bounce off a sky of brass."

 

"In the second week after the incident, while Spurgeon walked in a small garden, a verse from the Bible came forcefully into His mind. 'Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him and gave Him a nmae which is above every name' (Philippians 2:9). The words bathed his soul and restored his faith.

 

"The name of Jesus became a strong tower of safety. Song burst from him, and the chains about his mind broke in pieces. He was free..."

 

Just two weeks after this tragedy, Spurgeon was once again preaching in his pulpit. His first text back was the same one that set him free.

 

This is not an unusual story. Every Christian faces times of trial. Faith gets weak. We begin to sink.

Such was the case of Peter in our text. At one of the greatest spiritual moments of his life, a faith walk, he began to sink.

 

This passage is a great text for teaching us to walk by faith.  Four times the Scriptures tell us "The just shall live by faith," and that includes not just faith for salvation, but faith for daily living.

 

Peter has much to teach us about faith, especially faith during trials.

 

BACKGROUND: Vss. 22-24

Jesus ordered his disciples into a boat and sent them to the opposite shore.

Jesus sent the crowd that had witnessed the "Feeding of the Five Thousand" home and went to a mountain to pray.

A terrible storm came up. Out on the sea, the disciples battled for their lives.

 

MOTIVATED FAITH - Vss. 25-28

 

During the night Jesus came to His disciples, walking on the water. Note his encouraging words in verse 27.

 

In verse 28, Peter asks if he can join Jesus on the water. Notice there is no rebuke, but rather encouragement for Peter to take this step of faith.  Notice also that Peter's faith was motivated by the Word of Christ. Our faith needs to be motivated by the Word of God.

 

MOVING FAITH - Vs. 29

Peter got out of the boat and actually walked on the water. He did it! Jesus was the one who gave him the strength to do this. He trusted the Lord Jesus for the strength.

Moving faith is better than stationary faith.

Moving faith says, "I will actively trust God and do whatever He wants me to do."

Stationary faith says, "Oh yes, God can do anything He wants, but I'll play it safe, and not take any chances." I don't believe that stationary faith is really faith at all!

 

MISDIRECTED FAITH - Vs. 30

 

As long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus he was fine. But the moment he took his eyes off Jesus and put them on the problem, he began to sink. Whenever we take our eyes off of Jesus and put them on the problem we have, we will sink too.

 

MENDED FAITH - Vss. 30-33

Jesus mended the faith of Peter in four steps.

 

REQUEST - Vs. 30 - Peter needed to focus again on Jesus and ask for help.

 

RESCUE - Vss. 31, 32 - Jesus got him out of danger.

 

REBUKE - Vs. 31 - Peter was reprimanded for his doubt.

 

REVERENCE - Vs. 33 - The end result was that Jesus was worshiped. That should be the end result of our mended faith as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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