Jesus orders the disciples away to a desolate place because they don’t have time to eat (verse 31). Take time to eat. But an amazing thing happens. They never make it away from the crowds, and eventually Jesus feeds not just the disciples but the crowds as well! Do you trust Christ to give you your food at the appointed hours? Do you not need to, because you are not laboring that much?
for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
The loaves were a sign to them, to show who was sovereign over the law of physics (entropy and conservation of matter and so forth). They did not understand. The same God is sovereign over all things now. Do we understand?
A man in Gennesaret did, and told everyone he met.
God says to Zedekiah (through Jeremiah) that even in the midst of calamity, God’s word will be done. God’s people will have a remnant.
Set free your sisters and brothers.
We live our lives in order to make our fathers (and mothers, or others) proud. We think that of course it is right to follow the moral dictates of our society. But we think it nothing to transgress the command of our LORD (verse 16).
Jonadab gave his children a good command, and they obeyed it. He will never lack a man to stand before God (verse 19).
The word of God already burns like fire. No need to light it.