Matthew Henry: Weakness and Infirmities

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Then He took the seven loaves and the fish, and when He had given thanks, He broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. Matthew 15:36

“He then broke the loaves (for it was in the breaking that the bread multiplied) and gave to His disciples, and they to the multitude. Though the disciples had distrusted Christ’s power, yet He made use of them now as before; he is not provoked, as He might be, by the weakness and infirmities of His ministers, to lay them aside; but still He gives to them, and they to His people, of the word of life.”

Matthew Henry (1662-1714) in Commentary on Matthew 15.

Today is post number 3,999. As I approach 4,000 daily posts over the past 11 years, I chose to explore the deep nuances of the feeding of the 4,000.

I want to thank the many people who have emailed me kind comments in response: both for the diligence of my journey and the blessing of this recent study. Look for me to do other deep dives on texts like this.

Again, the miracle appears in two Gospels, Matthew and Mark. It is fitting to explore it at this time because it contains themes of compassion and generosity.

Let us pause and give thanks that our Lord is not provoked by our “weakness and infirmities” and does not lay us aside for our frailties but makes use of us.

Father, forgive us for our lack of faith. Help us in our unbelief. Spirit, empower us in our weakness. Thanks that we get to participate with You, Jesus, in Your work. Be glorified in our service. Amen.