“They do not need to go away.” Matthew 14:16

The disciples said, “Send the multitudes away” (v. 15). Jesus said, “They do not need to go away.” Herein is seen the very heart of my blessed Lord. The flesh in me would rather be unburdened of the responsibility of feeding the hungering, perishing multitude, even though the day of opportunity is drawing to a close (notice that it was evening).

But the Lord essentially said, “They do not need to go away. They can go if they wish to. They must go if you force them. But as far as I am concerned, they do not have to go away.” In fact, they were fed: “You give them something to eat” (v. 16).

“They do not need to go away” (v. 16). “The one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37).

Give me this spirit, Lord!  Hear my confessions from this day and anoint me with your Spirit that I may rest in peace.


According to Your Word