- What lessons did the disciples need to learn before Christ could use them in feeding the crowd?
Are there similar lessons we need to learn before we can be of use to him?
- Verses 45-53. It seems from the situation described here that the disciples got into difficulty as a result of obedience to Christ’s command.
What light does this throw on the life of discipleship with its trials and deliverances?
Why does it say in verse 48. ‘He was about to pass by them’?
Cf. Luke 24:28, 29.
Note. Verse 48. ‘The fourth watch’:i.e., the last watch, beginning about 3 a.m.
- What can we learn:
(a) from our Lord’s method of preparing his disciples for the work that he intended them later more fully to do, and
(b) from such details as ‘two by two’, ‘to take nothing for the journey’ (cf. Matt. 10:10), ‘enter a house’ and stay there’, if any place will not welcome you’, ‘They …preached that people should repent’?
- How would you sum up Herod’s character?
What were the causes of this failure?
Note. 6:7, 30. Another new beginning – the first mission of the Twelve; and so, when they return to report, they are temporarily called ‘apostles’ or ‘missioners’.
- These three incidents all emphasize the same necessity for any who would enjoy the experience of Christ’s saving power. What is it?
Why is it sometimes lacking?
What must it resist?
- Why were the disciples puzzled by the question of Jesus (5:30, 31)?
Why did Jesus wait for a trembling women to speak in public before a crowed?
What had she to give which no-one else there possessed?
Do you possess it, and are you giving it – particularly before people who think that contact with Christ makes no difference?
Note. 5:30,31. ;Who?’: this word is in the singular, i. e., ‘What one person?’
- Verse 21-25. What is the responsibility of the hearer:
(a) for what he does with his knowledge, and
(b) for his personal response to what he hears? What, therefore, are:
(a) the divinely intended consequences of spiritual privilege, and
(b) the conditions of spiritual progress?
Cf. Mark 3:14
- Verse 26-29. What is suggested in this parable concerning the character and purpose of:
(a) the first coming, and
(b) the second coming into the world of the Lord Jesus?
Cf. Ps. 126:6. What truth do both of the parables illustrate here concerning the seed of God’s word when it is sown in human hearts?
Note. Verse 26, 30. ‘Kingdom’: this word (Particularly its Old Testament antecedent) signifies primarily ‘sovereignty’ i.e., the sway exercised by a king, and only secondarily ‘realm’,i.e., the sphere or territory over which he rules. ‘This is what the kingdom f God is like…’ (verse 26) virtually means ‘the way God exercise his sway and works out his purposes among men is like this’.