Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Matthew 14:1-21. In this Scripture, Herod thought that Jesus was John the Baptist, raised from the dead. Why did Herod think Jesus was John the Baptist?
Herod had put John the Baptist in prison, then on Herod’s birthday, the daughter of Herodias danced, and pleased Herod, and Herod promised to give her whatever she asked for. She asked for John the Baptist’s head on a charger (a serving tray), which her mother had requested. The king was sorry, but for his oath’s sake, he did as she requested. John the Baptist’s disciples came and buried the body and went to tell Jesus.
When Jesus heard about it He went by ship to the desert. The multitude of people followed Him. His disciples told Him to send them away. Jesus told the disciples to feed the people. They told Jesus they only had five loaves and two fishes. Thus, the story of Jesus’ miracle “The Feeding of the Multitude.”
He took the five loaves and two fishes, blessed them and they fed all the people and had twelve baskets full left over. They fed five thousand men plus the women and children with five loaves and two fishes. Now, that was a miracle.
This story reminds us we are not the producers, only the distributors. If we bring something to Jesus and He blesses it, it will go much further than we can ever do on our own. Whatever you have, give it to Him and see how He blesses it.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,
2 And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife.
4 For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.
5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.
6 But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.
7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.
8 And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger.
9 And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.
10 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.
11 And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.
12 And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.
13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.
14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
Things to think about:
- Why did Herod think Jesus was John the Baptist?
- How many people could normally eat from five loaves and two fishes?
- Do you trust Jesus with what you have?
- Have you entrusted Him with your life and soul?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture that tells us about the feeding of the multitude. It shows us that whatever we have, if we give it to You, You will multiply it and use it to supply our needs and meet the needs of others. We thank You for loving us and taking care of us. Help us to have faith enough to trust You with whatever we have. In Jesus’ name, we pray. We love You, LORD. Amen.
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