Weekly Video Lesson
This week our Sunday School classes continue our study of the life of Christ with a lesson from Matthew 14, Jesus Feeds the Multitude. Check out the video lesson and discussion questions from our Children & Family Minister Daniel Sheaffer below:
Video Discussion Q+A
1) Why was Jesus wanting to be by himself? What did he do when he saw the crowds follow him?
– He had just found out news of his cousin’s death at the hands of Herod. He wanted to be by himself. However, the crowds made their way around the Sea of Galilee and showed up to the side of the lake while he was still in the boat. Once he landed, instead of brushing them away, the Bible says he had compassion on them and healed those who were sick.
2) Why did Jesus tell his own disciples to feed the crowds when he knew they couldn’t?
– Jesus was using this as a test for them. Would they see the feeding of the crowds through only human means, or would they remember who was with them? Jesus was using this miracle to show them more of who he was.
3) What did Jesus tell the crowds to do instead of leaving to find food?
– He told them to sit down on the grass. Here we have Israelites, sitting down in the grass in a desolate place (or wilderness you could say), and he is about to miraculously provide heavenly food for them all.
4) How much food did the disciples give to Jesus? After the miracles, how much was left over?
– They gave him 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. That’s it. Once Jesus did the miracle though, there were 12 baskets filled with leftovers after everyone at how much ever they wanted.
5) What is this amazing miracle meant to show us about who Jesus is?
– This miracle is meant to show us that Jesus is the true Shepherd of his people. He is the one from Psalm 23 who makes them lie down in green pastures. He is the one who provides for them in the wilderness, just like he did in Exodus 16 with Manna and Quail. He is the Good Shepherd who will provide for his sheep (John 10, Ezekiel 34).
6) How do the people respond to Jesus in John 6 after this miracle?
– John tells us that when Jesus had done the miracle, they were about to come and make him king by force. However, they wanted to make him king because they ate their fill, not because they wanted to submit to him. THey wanted to use Jesus for their own purposes, not submit to him as Lord and to what his plan was. They even called him the Prophet (Deut 18), but they wanted Jesus for what Jesus could do for them.