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Frameworks: Matthew's Gospel, chapter 14


(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic a description of what is happening)


FRAMEWORKS: Matthew, chapter 14

v.1-12 John the Baptist Beheaded

v.13-21 Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

v.22-33 Jesus Walks on the Water

v.34-36 More sick are brought and are healed



v.1-12 John the Baptist Beheaded


v.1,2 (Herod wonders about Jesus) At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”

v.3,4 (but Herod had arrested John) Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.”

v.5 (he feared the people so didn't kill John) Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.

v.6,7 (Herod makes a foolish oath) On Herod's birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.

v.8 (he is required to kill John) Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”

v.9,10 (he gives way and John is killed) The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted and had John beheaded in the prison.

v.11 (John's head is brought in) His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother.

v.12 (but his disciples collect the body) John's disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.



v.13-21 Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand


v.13 (on hearing this Jesus goes into solitude (?to grieve?) When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.

v.14 (but when the crowd comes Jesus heals their sick) When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

v.15 (the disciples are concerned about feeding the crowd) As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it's already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

v.16 (Jesus tells them to feed them) Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

v.17 (they hardly have anything) “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

v.18 (Jesus asks for them) “Bring them here to me,” he said.

v.19 (Jesus feeds the crowd) And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.

v.20 (there was sufficient with plenty of leftovers) They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

v.21 (there were 5000+) The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.



v.22-33 Jesus Walks on the Water


v.22 (Jesus sends the disciples across the Lake) Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.

v.23,24 (he prays on the mountain while the sea gets rough) After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

v.25 (hours later he walks on the Lake to them) Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.

v.26 (they were naturally scared) When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It's a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

v.27 (Jesus calls and reassures them) But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.”

v.28 (Peter checks Jesus) “Lord, if it's you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

v.29 (Jesus calls him and he too walked on the water) “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

v.30 (but then his faith wavered and he started to sink) But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

v.31 (Jesus catches him and gently chides him) Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

v.32 (once in the boat, the wind died down) And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.

v.33 (the disciples worship Jesus) Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”



v.34-36 More sick are brought and are healed


v.34 (they arrive at Gennesaret) When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret.

v.35,36 (crowds coming bringing their sick and they are healed) And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.