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Matthew 15:32-39 - Homilies By J.a. Macdonald

The compassion of Jesus.

Having let fall that crumb under the table, in the parts of Tyre and Sidon, Jesus returns to make a full feast for the children. When he had here performed miracles of healing, he proceeds to the performance of a miracle of feeding. The removal of evil is a prelude to the communication of good.

I. THE COMPASSION OF JESUS IS READY .

1 . Quick to discern a need.

2 . Quick to provide against calamity.

II. THE COMPASSION OF JESUS IS POTENT .

1 . Its potency had been evinced. Within the year or two of his public ministry how many miracles had Jesus wrought! Yet how few that were not miracles of mercy!

2 . Some of these were recent. Within these "three days" how numerous were the "lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others," the healing of whom "astonished" this multitude (see Matthew 15:30 , Matthew 15:31 )]

3 . The potency of the compassion of Jesus was now to receive additional illustration. Here are eight thousand hungry people. Four thousand men, "besides women and children," who were probably as many more. For the nourishment of these there are "seven loaves, and a few small fishes." But "they did all eat, and were filled;" and moreover of the fragments left there were seven hampers. The spyris was larger than the cophinus of the miracle. It seems to have been a load for a porter (see Acts 9:25 ). A hamper of fragments forevery loaf.

III. THE COMPASSION OF JESUS IS DISCRIMINATING .

1 . The circumstances of the miracle are instructive.

2 . There are lessons in the service of the disciples.

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