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The Simple, Basic Truth: they came and met compassion

January 24, 2012

One of the most familiar Bible stories of all still overflows with fresh hope.

As I was reading this passage (about Jesus healing and feeding hundreds of people) this morning, the simple, basic facts (about what these people did and what Jesus did) were a spiritual vitamin for me. You will find that part of Matthew 15 at the end of this post.

 

They came.  Matthew 15:30

They came and in their coming, they admitted they were in over their heads. They came humbly and desperately. They came because they were faced with challenges way beyond their capacity for solutions. They admitted that what they needed was beyond their personal resources. They came in desperation. They came in faith. They came in hope. They came to Jesus.

 

They were amazed.  Matthew 15:31

When they came, they received more than they had hoped for. They found more than they ever imagined. They watched Jesus do more than what their faith planned for. The reality of His response was beyond their dreams. He exceeded expectations. Human mind and imagination are finite. His power and His love are eternal and infinite.

 

They praised God.  Matthew 15:31

There can be no other logical response to intervention beyond human possibility. What they received was bigger than human potential. They weren’t so foolish as to take the credit. They weren’t so proud as to applaud themselves. They came with humble desperate hearts and that opened the way for praise. Praise could only go to the Giver of “every good and perfect gift.”

 

They were satisfied.  Matthew 15: 37

Miracle upon miracle. First healing and then food. Jesus’ response was beyond adequate, beyond generous. His response was mind boggling. When one layer of need was taken care of, another was revealed. And yet He kept on. (See verse 32) He kept on caring for them, kept on ministering to them, kept on giving of Himself, kept on showing mercy and compassion. 

Now we can only ponder how this simple basic truth matters were we are living. And it does matter.

Do you have a story about coming and meeting compassion?

 

Matthew 15

29 Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down.

30  Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.

31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.

32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”

33 His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”

34 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”

35 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground

36 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people.

37 They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

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