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Touches of Compassion on Tons of Needs, Part 2

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July 15, 2021 7:05 am

Touches of Compassion on Tons of Needs, Part 2

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July 15, 2021 7:05 am

The King's Ministry: A Study of Matthew 14–20

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Today on Insight for living from Chuck Swindoll you find Jesus unless it states, you can count on at least a few disciples being right there is mentoring the right, at his elbow standing in the shadow they see no which is part of their problem they overexpose when there's a death loved one who suffering. Nothing brings more comfort than a trusted friend sits by your side saying nothing demonstrating genuine compassion today on Insight for living. Chuck Swindoll invites us to follow the footsteps of Jesus is extensive open arm pulling summer grieving summer suffering some just hungry, but in every case we find a model of compassion that shapes our behavior even to this day Chuck titled today study in Matthew 15 touches of compassion on tons of needs. Each one of us has come needs. Some of them. Many of them. Most of them known only to us. Perhaps those closest to you do not know the deepest need of your life. The reason we come together is to be still and learn again that God is God to worship him in spirit and in truth, and as a result of the time together to leave different people. Then we came when we arrived. I cannot possibly represent all the needs that you have but you can represent yours like you to do that as we bow together. Please close your eyes for the next few moments.

Let's pause. Let's be still. Let's bring our need, whatever it may be, let's bring it before the Lord. I'm grateful today father that you hear the cries of our hearts.

You are never informed as we bring our knees before you, you already know them but you find delight in our laying them before you and are trusting you with the things that we cannot handle some of these are long-standing needs in the life and they're unable to shake them and I pray for them that you would give them encouragement as they learn today again the very familiar but not often mentioned the fact that with you. Nothing is impossible, that you've never seen the need. You could not meet though you may not choose to meet it as we would prefer, or even as we have requested. There are times you answer us with no I will not grant that because you know what is best and we only know what we want. You see the end from the beginning we only see now and a little bit of a memory of days gone by. Because you know it all you sometime. Tell us know that's not best of the times you do answer and it throws us when you do often. It's in unexpected ways as you do above and beyond all we could, if even imagine then more times than not you tell us to wait.

Some believe this room today still waiting so long to have that need met. Thankfully you when we leave this place we leave nothing of you here for you go with us as we are your children.

We we have your your father like caring compassion, and it is upon us and surrounding us at all time. I pray for those who represent your name in difficult places today.

Those who are caregivers serving faithfully those who cannot take care of themselves. For those who are our friends on the streets watching over us as officers of the law. How grateful we are for their presence, saving us from anarchy, grateful.

Also for those who nurse in hospitals for those positions who express compassion and wisdom is the diagnosis and as they do their work, which is often self less and frequently it is unappreciated. I pray that you would encourage them as well. For fellow ministers who declare the truth in places beyond our own familiar world. I pray summer missionaries, summer evangelists, summer serving US counselors summer involvement is as faithful parents and Summit set aside the work having retired and I pray that you would refresh them in their later years, when we come. Today, our father anticipating that you will speak to us from these few verses we we realize the truth that your word is alive and active in sharp able to pierce for neurosurgeon scalpel could ever touch deep into our souls in the realm of our spirit. Downward decisions are made and conviction is formed for change begin so sees our thinking may we not wonder as we hear your word proclaimed. Help us to revisit the scene as if we were there watching it all happen. Finally father.

I remember our nation today that you would you would grant us by your grace relief from the chaos. The mess we have made of things and others who have led us, guide us, we pray, is only you can into a time yet future where we remember and we realize you have sovereignly intervene. I pray that you would use those who give counsel to be people of wisdom, good timing that they might speak the truth so that those who listen would really hear them and adapt accordingly. But you guide in all of that as well. As we render to Caesar that which is Caesar's while never forgetting we give you those things that are yours like our gifts today. I grateful we are for occupation or our ability to give. We pray that you would use the gifts unique ways may these monies be handled with integrity as they are used for ministry here and beyond the name of Christ's praise everyone say study the book of Matthew Chuck Swindoll. Be sure to download his searching the Scriptures. Studies going to Insight world.org/studies another message from Chuck that he titled touches of compassion on tons of needs. It doesn't get a lot more interesting than the scene for this is God's love on display. He's been busy with clouds for a long time. He has walked a long way. He's making his way back to a place called 10 cities Decapolis which is alongside the eastern rail shore of the Galilee and see, and he stop there it goes up on a hill, I'm sure to find a little time of refreshment. But that was not to be because soon you could hear the crowd in the distance moving toward.

We read in verse 30 that a vast crowd brought to him. People who were laying blind, crippled, and couldn't speak, and many others.

According to verse 38 there were in all 4000 men, not to mention women and children were talking on massive size crowd nameless, faceless human beings, all of whom had needs some admin caregivers and they're the ones that drop them off. Look at how it reads verse 30 ends with the words, at least, this version reads they laid them down before Jesus the Lord is an interesting term it means to kind of drop off in haste they they left them there as if to say we've done all we can to hear there's one man, Jesus the God man to be sure, I love it that the verse ends rather rapidly, but it represents three days he healed them all.

He loved able, he had compassion for them all their all human beings.

And though they may have never met him. They were worthy of his time as he saw them through the eyes of his father's love. Get this response.

The crowd was amazed because he healed them all.

They were amazed those who had been able to speak or talking to you. Imagine how much they talked and the one who had been carried and is now dancing. The one he would not been able to walk is not walking around look in the one who would not been able to see is now able to see it was one great, see if you're into that scene.

It was magnificent and the best part is the crowning part of compassion they they praise the God of this great is the God of Israel magnificent is this one who is healed me beside relieved me of the numbness. The paralysis is gone. I'm able to talk. I can hear again. If ever I was able to hear but it doesn't end this. This would make you think that's the climax is a great moment, and I'm sure, but by now though I seldom see artist rendering of Jesus smiling and even laughing with groups. I think he had the best time with them as they're all rejoicing and in their in their whole body's trade is that such a physician who does his work on allies in the patient analyses, longtime friends and ophthalmologists for many years in the city of Dallas and you realize this is a great opportunity to witness because that was often his experience when corneas would be replaced and surgery would be daunting sight would come back so we worked out a deal that when the people came and after the surgery and they were forsaking the bandages off hip flipchart.

You know how they do. They put down in your read as best you can in in the doctors in the patient's chair but is flipchart red. God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life good is that for God so loved the world that he gave his son for you first thing to see when the eyes are opened.

These people saw Jesus and he is obviously thrilled with them.

He's not only touched with our feelings of infirmities. He also rejoices with us as we experience his favor will now his next lines are addressed to the disciple, remember them. Bateman waiting all this time for their moment with the Savior, not realizing this is mentoring at its best, please observe what he says. Be careful not just read what he doesn't say. He says I feel compassion for these people, by the way the word is splotchy. One of my favorite words clock not you don't see it right when something lands on the back of the neck of the person in front of you cannot.

It's a guttural word is from the got the believer those days that that the deepest emotions came from the pistol from the deep part of the of the abdomen.

He felt deeply for these people slumped compassion he suffered with them. He entered another feelings.

Why are they being here with me for three days and they have nothing left to eat on. I don't want to send them away hungry or they will fade along the way. Notice what he says he simply points out there need for food. He doesn't say to any of the 12 what to do about though they take it that way and in good disciple fashion they respond. Where would we get enough food here in the wilderness for such a huge crowd.

What do you know does only a few days ago you saw him walking on the water you so I'm still the storm and the rain stopped and the waves will call you claim that that moment. This is the son of God for the 5+ thousands. You saw that at you even distributed the food he made it all happen. You just seen him heal thousands of people and he simply says there there there hungry at the moment. This is what the goat Lord with you. Nothing is impossible.

Lord, you can do all you've done it before. Do it again were here to assure will pass out the food you make it happen will applaud what you have done because you would. You alone are the great I am, they don't do that know you see the busy processing the crown, interrupted their time with Jesus here were we supposed to get the food.

This is a huge crowd as if he didn't know what we see every time you find Jesus unless it states that is all alone you can count on at least a few if not all the disciples being right there.

He's mentoring them the right, at his elbow standing in the shadow they see no which is part of their problem they overexpose some other healing. Some of the crowd never said and needs. Oh, no, no, when will you men learn member Mark six verse 52 they had not gained any insight from the loaves the incident of the loaves why the verse states because their heart was hardened heart heart. That's what breaks when you have compassion but but is hard. There isn't compassion.

You tend to analyze what that person is in need and what he did wrong to give himself of this condition. That's when judgment replaces mercy, there's none of that with Jesus. In fact, when they respond like that, which is a question Jesus answers them with another question. How much bread do you have this is dj vu all over again member back when he fed the others what what you have only got five loaves and a couple little fish sources in them again how much bread do you have C's mentoring were going through this again. I want you men to learn from this they replied seven lows and a few small fish.

Why don't they say Lord you did it before were counting on you to do it again, but they don't. We got seven lows, and we got a fish I mean, the implication seems to be were hungry to you.

Then Jesus wasn't it three days for him as well so he doesn't respond in any other way than have the people sit on the ground that he took the seven loaves and the fish and thank God for them that a great moment. He's got a little tiny handful got all these people sit down and he thanks God for this little tiny bit of food, because he sees what it's to become he always does, and we read that he I he took the seven loaves and the fish. Thank God, and broke them into pieces and then he gave them to the disciples and that it started and they pass the basket surrounded by the way, these are not the small baskets like mentioned earlier.

In that previous occasion, but now these are large baskets, very large acts 925 uses the word for the basket in which Paul was let down in when he was escaping it threatening situation big enough for Amanda Lyon.

This these are seven huge baskets, loaves of leftovers and reread that he gave them to the disciples who distributed the food they all it is much as they wanted the disciples picked up seven large baskets of leftover food.

There were 4000 men who were fed that day. In addition to the women and the children and then Jesus sent the people will don't don't don't just close the chapter. Imagine going home. When they left they had been blind laying critical, unable to speak to hear they left these huge leads and they come home dancing and laughing and their bellies are full and they moved out. Told her story and he leaves without any fanfare. Not even a word from the site lived in times the population was divided. People who were treated with indifference felt like outcast, but not by Jesus. These touching scenes in Matthew chapter 15 reveal his love and compassion for those who were overlooked and disregarded your listening to Insight for living Chuck Swindoll titled today's message touches of compassion on tons of needs and to see what resources we have available for today's topic, please visit us online@insightworld.org was just before our time is gone for today.

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