Making a Clear Path

January 15 
 

In Matthew chapter 14, just one chapter before our reading tonight, Jesus fed over 5,000 people with just five loaves and two fish. Now in chapter 15 we see him again feeding 4,000 with seven loaves and a few fish. What on earth is gong on? The context gives us the clues.

Remember that Jesus is in a region dominated by Gentiles, Gennesaret. He has already been questioned by the Pharisees about what defiles a person, had already encountered a Canaanite woman whom he healed on account of her faith, and now people in this region are glorifying the

God of Israel (15:31 – specifically making a distinction between the God of Israel amongst other gods). What does all this tell us?

All of this seems to point to the purpose of God for creation – that all may know Him. Jesus has seven loaves and seven baskets are taken up to show that the plan and purpose of God in Jesus is sufficient for all men’s salvation – even those who are not a people – the Gentiles. Seven is the number of completion and perfection and the perfect plan of God is Jesus whose life is sufficient for the salvation of all men. It is wonderful to call him Savior!