1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,
<b>This is Herod's son, not Herod who slew the infants of Bethlehem,</b>
2 And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.
4 For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.
5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.
6 But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.
7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.
8 And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger.
9 And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.
10 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.
11 And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.
12 And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.
13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.
14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
.<b>Compassion, this is the mercy of God, God's loving kindness, the power of the Holy Spirit force which ignited in Jesus to bring forth healing.</b>
15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
<b>The disciples, using natural reasoning were looking at the situation in terms of what was available, even though they had just witnessed the miraculous, Jesus healing by the power of God. They were not yet moving in the faith of Christ</b>
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
<b>An impossible task in the natural as there was no food available, but natural abilities cannot address spiritual need, it requires spiritual empowerment.</b>
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
<b>An impossible task in the natural as there was no food available, but natural abilities cannot address spiritual need, it requires spiritual empowerment. Five is the number of grace, or favor, from the Hebrew word which means "what comes from.” David chose five smooth stones with which to fight the Philistine giant, Goliath. This was because Goliath represents the world’s oppressive system, as well as the “giants” in our own lives that keep us in bondage to sin. David’s actions signifies that only by Grace, the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, can these giants be overcome, setting us free from the sins of the flesh. For by grace you have been saved through faith. (Eph 2:8)</b>
18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
<b>He blessed (spiritual empowerment to increase). Through faith we understand that the world was framed by the word of God.(Heb 11:3.) In the beginning God spoke the word and by the creative word Of God the world was framed and formed. (Gen 1.) From the Spirit came the Natural world, The natural world is upheld by the word of God. What is seen comes from the unseen (2 Cor 4:18.) In the same manner, as Jesus speaks the word over the bread, supernatural increase is about to take place.</b>
20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
<b>Twelve signifies Governmental Perfection and Authority. Jesus spoke of 12 thrones on which the 12 apostles would sit to judge the 12 tribes of Israel (Matt. 19:28.) Solomon had 12 officers, or deputies, ruling with responsibility in his household (1 Kings 4:7.) The twelfth time Jesus is mentioned in Matthew is in Matt. 4:10, where He establishes the truth of divine government, when Jesus said: "Begone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only’.”</b>
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
<b>Compelled them to get into the boat, the disciples were reluctant to leave, still looking to Jesus and not yet walking in His faith</b>
23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
<b>Jesus life was a life of continuous prayer to receive the next guidance step and in between prayer, miracles.</b>
24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
<b>Walking on the word of God (Ps 104:3).</b>
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
<b>Not crying out in faith, but crying out in fear,</b>
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
<b>Jesus spoke as he had done to Jairus, "stop the fear" (Luk 8:50)</b>
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
<b>Peter was overwhelmed when he saw Jesus walking on the water, and he wanted to do the same. However, rather than asking Jesus if He wanted him to walk on the water or if his faith was up to it. Instead he said, "If it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water." What was Jesus going to say? "It isn't Me; don't come"? </b>
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
<b>When Jesus said "Come" it was the same Holy Spirit (Gen 1:2) power as the words that were spoken at creation. This was where the power came from for Peter to walk on the water. Walking on the faith of Jesus. Likewise, any word spoken to us by God carries in itself the anointing and power it takes to fulfill that word if we will release it by believing it and acting on it. Here is a man, not Jesus performing a miracle, the same anointing power that is in the true vine, flows through the branches (John 15:1),</b>
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
<b>Fear contaminates or overtakes faith, fear cannot support Peter and he begins to sink. The fear came from a suggestion in his mind that he should be afraid for it is impossible to walk on water. It was a suggestion from a spiritual enemy (2Ti 1:7) satan (Has God said, are you able to do this? The way that this fear was able to come upon Peter was that he took his attention off the faith of Jesus and put it on himself and his situation. In the same way that faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Ro 10:17), fear comes by hearing or seeing something contrary to God's Word. We would not be tempted with fear or doubt if we didn't consider things that satan uses to minister fear and doubt.</b>
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
<b>Peter saw Jesus walk on the water, but his faith level was near zero "little faith" certainly not enough to walk on water. Jesus had given him the ability to walk on water when He said "Come". Many think that they operate in all the faith they need if they just believe that God can do it. We not only have to believe that God is able (Rom 4:21), but we also believe that He rewards us with our answers (Heb 11:6) according to His word brought by the Holy Spirit according to our faith level. (Eph 3:20.) If we presume "I can also walk on water" that is not in God's will, it is in our will., which is what Peter did. Jesus gave Peter permission and also the faith power to achieve it, then rescued him even out of fear. (Deut 31:8.) Operating in faith requires a clear word from God, from His word. It is operating on what God has already said. Faith is what brings the things God has provided for us from the spiritual manifest in the natural, (Rom 4:17) the faith of Christ.</b>
32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
<b>Mark 6:48 tells us that Jesus intended to walk past them, but this incident had caused Him to enter the boat</b>
33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
<b>The disciples have recognised that Jesus is not just a son of God, but is 'The' son of God, they are still attached to him in dependency (Jesus intention for them to release this dependency and begin to walk in His faith). They are now beginning to receive revelation of Christ and who He is, they will soon learn who they are in Him and walk in His authority. (Luke 10:19)</b>
34 And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.
35 And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased;
36 And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.
<b>A touch of His garment (The tassle on the hem, signifying the anointing) anointing power flowed (In the same manner as the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:28-31) and He healed all who came to Him. </b>