21: Feeding the Multitudes and Walking on
Water (Mt 14:13-36)
rejection of His own people and potential danger from Herod, the Lord Jesus
continued in His ministry. In this lesson, we will study two of His well-known
miracles and learn with the disciples the importance of faith. We will also
observe the actions of Christ and learn from His heart of compassion.
“And immediately Jesus
stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith,
why did you doubt?’” (14:31).
Did You Know…?
Bread and fish (14:17) were
staples in Galilee, especially for the poor.
John 6:9,13 specifies barley loaves—the cheaper,
coarser bread. 6/341
Fourth watch (14:25): The
ancient Hebrew world divided the night from sunset to sunrise into three
watches (Judg 7:19; Lam 2:19), but the Romans used
four. Jesus’ approach to the boat therefore occurred between 3.00 a.m. and 6.00
Gennesaret (14:34): Either the narrow plain, about four miles long and less
than two miles wide, on the west side of the Sea of Galilee near the north end
(north of Magdala), or a town in the plain. The plain
was considered a garden spot of Palestine,
fertile and well watered. 8/1461
1. Why do you think Jesus withdrew to a deserted
place by Himself?
2a. What was it about the multitude that moved Jesus’ heart of
2b. Why is the
mention of Jesus’ compassion important in beginning the story of feeding the
3. Why do you think Jesus asked the disciples to
feed the multitude (16)?
4a. What lesson can we learn from this miracle?
4b. Think of an
incident where God has also met your needs with very limited resource. What did
you learn from the experience?
5. Why is the gesture of looking up to heaven
significant in the story?
6a. “Made” in 22
is a very strong verb, which might be translated “compelled.” Why did the Lord
“make” the disciples get into the boat “immediately”?
6b. What lesson can we learn from this action?
7. What might be the significance of recording
Jesus’ prayer by Himself? Why was it important for Jesus to pray alone?
8. Observe and contrast the disciples and Jesus.
9. What details in this story indicate the
authority of Jesus?
10a. Why do you think Peter wanted to go to the Lord? What does
this tell us about his personality?
10b. Why did Peter begin to sink? What does this teach us?
11. What can we
learn about Jesus in the three verses that mention “immediately” (22,27,31)?
12. What is the
significance of the disciples’ worship (33)?
13a. What can we learn about Jesus in this story?
13b. What do the people of Gennesaret
teach us about seeking God’s help?