Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand: Signs and Hypocrisy

(Matthew 15:32-16:4)

From the Exegetical Commentary on Matthew, AMG Publishers, 2006.

[32] Jesus became concerned about the needs of the multitudes, "Then Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, I have compassion (splagchnzomai [4697] from splgchnon [4698], bowel, intestine; to feel pity at the deepest level) on the multitude, because they continue with Me now three days and have nothing to eat. I do not (ou, the absolute "not") desire to send them away hungry, lest they faint (ekluthōsin, the aorist tense of eklomai [1590] from ek, out of; lō [3089], break up, dissolve) on the way" (a.t.).

The Lord is concerned with our physical well-beings. In His human nature (splagchnzomai does not apply to His deity) at the deepest level, He groans under the burden of our suffering. Here the threat of people collapsing from hunger stirred Him to provide for their immediate needs. Sometimes the Lord does not want us to fast-not if it produces a collapse so we cannot effectively serve Him.

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