What Did Jesus Do? 5

Matthew 13-14

For each passage we'll note who Jesus encountered, whether he initiated the contact, what type of interaction he had with them, whether He took direct action to meet human needs (see Matthew 25:35-36 for examples), whether His "do-ing" was miraculous, and any commands He gave. (See the introduction page for this series for more detail.)

It is striking to see how many times Jesus responds with grace, tolerance, and acceptance. He does not ignore the people coming to Him intrusively with their constant requests. He heals them, He teaches them, He answers their questions, He comforts them — He loves them.

Passage Persons Initiate?TypeDirect?Miraculous?Commands
Matthew 13:1-9 crowds N teaching N N Listen!
Matthew 13:10-23 disciples N teaching N N none
Matthew 13:24-35 crowds N teaching N N none
Matthew 13:36-52 disciples N teaching N N Listen!
Matthew 13:53-58 people in synagogue Y teaching N N none
Matthew 14:1-12 John's disciples N listening N N none
Matthew 14:13-14 crowd N healing Y Y none
Matthew 14:15-18 disciples N instruction N N you feed them; bring it to me
Matthew 14:19-21 crowd Y feeding Y Y sit down, eat
Matthew 14:22-23 disciples, crowd Y prayer N N go away
Matthew 14:24-27 disciples Y comforting N Y fear not
Matthew 14:28-33 Peter N demonstring His powerYY come
Matthew 14:34-36 crowd N healing Y Y none

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