September 30, 2013

Scripture and Commentary, Tuesday after the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

Morning – Psalm 42, 43, I Kings 18:16-24, James 1:22
Evening – Psalm 39, Job 14:1-14, Mt. 14:13-21

Commentary, Matthew 14:13-21

Bishop Ryle’s comments on this passage express its meaning so clearly and accurately they are presented here without further comment.

“What does this hungry multitude in a desert place represent to us” It is an emblem of all mankind.  The children of men are a large assembly of perishing sinners, famishing in the midst of a wilderness world,- helpless, hopeless, and on the way to ruin.  We have all gone astray like lost sheep.  We are by nature far away from God.  Our eyes may not be fully opened to the danger.  But in reality we are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.  There is but a step between us and everlasting death.
     
What do these loves and fishes represent, apparently inadequate to meet the necessities of the case, but by miracle made sufficient to feed ten thousand people?  They are an emblem of Christ crucified for sinners, as their vicarious substitute, and making atonement by His death for the sins of the world.  That doctrine seems, to the natural man, weakness itself.  Christ crucified was to the Jews a stumbling block, and to the Greeks foolishness.  And yet Christ crucified has proved the bread of God which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life to the world.  The story of the cross has amply met the spiritual wants of mankind wherever it has been preached.  Thousands of every rank, age, and nation, are witnesses that it is “the wisdom of God, and the power of God.”  They have eaten of it and been “filled.” They have found it “meat indeed and drink indeed.”
                                      
                                    J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels