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Lord, If It Is You! (Matthew 14:22-33)

Lord If It Is You Matthew 14:22-33

Matthew 14:22-33

I. Peter’s faith was fixed on Christ (Matthew 14:28-29)

    A. Peter could do the impossible because of his absolute faith in Christ
    B. Peter not only believed that he could do it, he did do it!

II. Doubts and distractions (Matthew 14:30-31)

    A. Panic set in
    B. “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
    C. “The just shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38)
    D. Faith purifies us (Acts 15:9), allows us to receive remission of sins (Acts 10:43), justifies us (Romans 3:28), sanctifies us (Acts 26:18), gives us peace with God (Romans 5:1), saves us (1 Peter 1:9), gives us the victory that overcomes the world (1 John 5:4)
    E. “Without faith, it is impossible…” (Hebrews 11:6)

III. The power of a godly, Biblically-based faith

    A. Faith is powerful, not because we are great believers, but because we believe in a great God
    B. Don’t be robbed of all risk and adventure (Hebrews 11:8)
    C. Faith is absolute surrender to Christ (Philippians 1:21; 4:13; Galatians 2:20)
    D. The Christian life is an exchanged life (1 Peter 1:5; 2 Tim 1:7; Mark 9:24)

Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 219/260: Peter

Read Matthew 14:22-33

Don’t Lose Focus

Have you ever tried to walk on water? It’s impossible, isn’t it? It defies the laws of science, yet Jesus was able to do that which is impossible for man. Demonstrating His power of nature, Jesus walked on water, and even allowed Peter to do the same, until…

Peter was impetuous, and his words often tumbled out of his mouth before his brain had time to process them. He saw Jesus in the storm and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water” (Matthew 14:28). And so Jesus did, and Peter obeyed, and everything was going great, and Peter “walked on the water to go to Jesus” (Matthew 14:29), until…

What happened to Peter? He didn’t keep his focus on Jesus. “But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’” (Matthew 14:30). Why did Peter notice the wind? Because he took his focus off Jesus. Why was Peter afraid? Because he took his focus off Jesus. Why did Peter begin to sink? Because he took his focus off Jesus.

We can get overwhelmed in life when we take our focus off Jesus. When everything comes crashing down around us, and we can’t tell which way is up, and nothing seems to go right, have we lost focus? What is more important, the physical and temporary things of this life, or spiritual things?

When Jesus sent His apostles out on the limited commission, He warned that they would be persecuted. Yet He said, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). In other words, don’t lose focus and get distracted by the things that are happening here and now; focus on the promise of God who gives eternal life.

One of the most well-known yet neglected commands in the Bible is found in Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Where is your focus?

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Day 139/260: Read Matthew 14

Don’t take your eyes off Jesus, or you might start to sink! That’s what happened to Peter. Jesus sent His disciples away in the boat, and after praying He went to join them—but not in a boat! Jesus walked on the water in the middle of a great storm, and when the disciples saw Him they thought He was a ghost.

He said, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Brash Peter challenged Jesus’ assertion. He basically said to the Lord, “Prove it!” Jesus commanded Peter to walk on the water. And Peter did…until he took his eyes off the Master.

“And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’”

We live in troubled times; the storms of life are all around us and they are often “boisterous.” If we focus on the Lord, we can get through these times with His help. When we take our eyes off Jesus, we are sure to sink. Hopefully, when we recognize that we are not strong enough on our own, we will turn to the Lord for help. He is there. He wants to help us.

Later in life, the one who started to sink wrote, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Matthew 12:36. “But I say to you that for every idle word men may __________, they will give account of it in the day of __________.”


Pray for God’s help in whatever struggles you face today.

Let This Mind Be In You: Compassion


Matthew 14:13-21


    A. Feeding the 5000 (Matthew 14:13-21)
    B. Feeding the 4000 (Matthew 15:29-38)


    A. “Like sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:35-36; Matthew 7:15; 2 Peter 2:1-3)
    B. Jesus had compassion and demanded action (Matthew 9:37-38)


    A. The prodigal son (Luke 15:11-24)
    B. Our role in restoration (Galatians 6:1,10; James 5:19-20)

The Life of John the Baptist: The Death of John the Baptist

The Life of John the Baptist

THE DEATH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST // Matthew 14:1-12; Mark 6:14-29; Luke 9:7-9

I. Herod is reminded of John

    A. Christ was often compared to great men (Mark 6:15; Luke 9:8; cf. Matthew 16:13-14), but we must remember that He is greater than any man (Matthew 16:15-16; John 14:6; Acts 4:12)
    B. Christ’s power reminded Herod of John (Matthew 14:2; Mark 6:14; Luke 9:7-9)
    C. “While John had done no miracles during his ministry (Jn. 10:41), so powerful must have been the effect of his life and work that the tetrarch has no difficulty believing that so mighty a prophet should be risen and now working miracles too.” (Fowler, Matthew)

II. Herod’s unlawful marriage

    A. John boldly proclaimed to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife” (Matthew 14:4; Mark 9:18)

      1. Herod Antipas and Philip (not the tetrarch) were half-brothers
      2. Herodias was the daughter of Aristobulus, another half-brother of Herod Antipas and Philip
      3. Salome was Herodias’ daughter with Philip (not the tetrarch); she later married Philip (the tetrarch), who was also a half-brother of her father Philip (not the tetrarch) and Herod Antipas
      4. Herodias left Philip and married Herod Antipas
      5. “The Jews fiercely resented Herod’s incestuous marriage with Herodias for three reasons: First, he was already married; second, she was his niece; and third, she was his brother’s wife. The Jewish law expressly forbade a man’s marrying his brother’s wife, even after the brother’s death, much less while he was still alive; the one exception being that when a man died without an heir, his brother was commanded to marry the deceased’s widow and produce an heir to his estate (Leviticus 18:16; Deuteronomy 25:5-10).” (Coffman, Matthew)
      6. See also Leviticus 20:21
      7. “The forsaken wife of Antipas was a daughter of Aretas, king of Arabia, who resented the insult to his family and throne, and marched upon Herod Antipas shortly after this murder of John the Baptist, and routed him with great slaughter.” (Boles, Matthew)

    B. Too many abandon the truth due to family situations; others compromise depending on their audience

      1. It is interesting that John did not fear the consequences of speaking truth to the powerful Herod, but Herod feared the opinion of the common people in determining John’s punishment
      2. “John boldly rebuked vice even in the great. As our Lord said, when speaking of him, John was no reed shaken with the wind; he was a prophet and more than a prophet, and spoke with a prophet’s fearlessness. Luke tells us that John also reproved all the evils which Herod had done (Luke 3:19).” (Johnson and DeWelt, Mark)
      3. While we may present the truth in different ways to different people, we cannot compromise the gospel message itself (cf. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Ephesians 4:15)

III. Herod’s and Herodias’ opinions of John

    A. “Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man” (Mark 6:20)

      1. He even listened to John’s message “gladly”
      2. “Herod was awed by John’s virtue. He feared and esteemed him, and did many things to please the Precursor, but not the one thing against which John’s rebukes were chiefly directed. Herod would not put away Herodias.” (Johnson and DeWelt, Mark)

    B. Yet, despite this respect, “he wanted to put him to death” (Matthew 14:5)

      1. “The purpose was already in his heart, and, had it not been for fear of the people, he would already have martyred John.” (Coffman, Matthew)
      2. Cf. Matthew 5:21-22
      3. Perhaps this was a “heat of the moment” thought when Herod first heard the message, only to cool off after considering the truthfulness of the statement

    C. Herodias “wanted to kill him” but was prevented by Herod

      1. Whereas Herod protected John and listened to his preaching, Herodias’ opinion did not change over the course of time
      2. “She is under stress not only because of John’s publicly denouncing her as an adulteress. She is also menaced, because if she must return to her first husband, or at any rate, leave Herod, to whom she has attached her ambitions, these very ambitions must be immediately relinquished and her personal struggle for supremacy must begin all over at a time when she sees herself beginning to arrive at her goals.” (Fowler, Matthew)
      3. She took hold of the opportunity to exact her revenge on the occasion of Herod’s birthday
      4. “Convenient day for Herodias to execute her malicious designs. Wine, dissipation, licentiousness were all favorable to this.” (Dorris, Mark)
      5. While we may not immediately jump to thoughts of murder, do we not at times resent those who expose sin in our lives? May we consistently examine ourselves that we do not make enemies of men whose only desire is to speak truth (cf. Galatians 4:16)

IV. Herod’s birthday

    A. The dance (Matthew 14:6; Mark 6:22)

      1. “History reveals the corruption that was exhibited in eastern courts; dancers exhibited themselves in immodest attire and aped all of the emotions of sensual carnality.” (Boles, Matthew)
      2. What should we do when we are confronted with the temptation of lust? (Matthew 5:28-29; 2 Timothy 2:22)
      3. We must also take care that we are not the cause of temptation for our brothers or sisters (Romans 14:13)

    B. The promise (Matthew 14:7; Mark 6:22-23)

      1. The rich often enjoy showing off their wealth
      2. “This was the type of boastful, extravagant oath, characteristic of tyrants and despots of that era.” (Coffman, Mark)
      3. “A wild and reckless promise that could have been made only by one who had lost his wits by drunkenness. A drinking man is not a safe business man….But how many in our day give away the whole kingdom of their souls, with health and hope, prosperity, peace, and goodness—yea, the whole kingdom of heaven—for the paltry price of a glass of wine; the pleasure of the table; the acquisition of a little money.” (Dorris, Mark)
      4. Consider the warning in 1 John 2:15-17

    C. The request (Mathew 14:8; Mark 6:24-25)

      1. “When it is considered that Salome might have requested any things which could have been of great value to herself, and that her mother by this suggestion actually robbed her daughter of whatever benefit Herod might have bestowed upon her, all for the sake of venting her vicious hatred against John, the blindness and stupidity of evil are evident.” (Coffman, Mark)
      2. Did Herod have any option but to honor this request? (cf. Leviticus 5:4-5)

    D. The murder (Matthew 14:9-12; Mark 6:26-29)

      1. “Herod’s conscience was dead to real crimes like adultery, incest and murder, but supersensitive to the point of scrupulousness about a broken oath! What moral blindness to uphold a dubious point of honor a the expense of elementary justice!” (Fowler, Matthew)
      2. “John died as a martyr for the truth and exchanged his dungeon for a world where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest—a world in whose light his rejoicing soul could discover the ways of God.” (Boles, Matthew)
      3. The greatest testimony of the life of John comes from the Savior Himself: “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” (Matthew 11:11)