A Window to See and Experience God's Kingdom
Matthew has taken us deeper with Jesus into the challenge of seeking God's kingdom. Parables: the varied soils, hearing and not hearing, hiddenness, mixed up reality, pearl worth everything.
We've watched events / parables of the negative side: Hometown offence; King's murderous power. Now he points us to events that take us into the newness / wonder of the in-breaking kingdom. Both involve divine power, but show how ordinary disciples are drawn into that power and learn. First is the feeding of throngs in the wilderness the only miracle of Jesus in all four Gospels.
Deep Reservoirs of Meaning for Jesus' Actions
Matthew simplifies and focuses the narrative. He points us to the clearest resources for seeing the larger meaning of the story: wilderness, lack of food, people in need, miraculous bread. â€¨All echo the Exodus deliverance. Manna in the desert. God provides. But also the people must learn what it means to trust God in a larger s