29 Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there. 30 Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them. 31 So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
32 Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
33 Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?”
34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”
And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”
35 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36 And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. 37 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. 38 Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 And He sent away the multitude, got into the boat, and came to the region of Magdala.
Then, suddenly, He's not alone. "Great multitudes came to Him..."
Seeing His heart, and reading in verse 32 where He has compassion on the multitude, I can't get my eyes off Him. Oh, to see the compassion in His eyes. Oh, to feel His heart as it beats for those at His feet, seeking help. Oh, to know the depth of His love and compassion as His heart reaches out to each and every one of them.
In my last blog in this section - or, indeed, in the verses prior to this one, Matthew 15:21-28, we read where Jesus had mercy on a Canaanite woman and granted her request to her, so no doubt He did the same for the 'great multitudes'.
But more than that...
They came to Jesus for a specific healing - whatever their need was - but He went beyond what they asked for. “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” Isn't He beautiful...?He didn't simply want to give them what they believed they needed; He wanted to give them everything they needed. He still does.