9 August 2015 Sunday Morning Service

Matthew 4 : 18 – 5 : 16

14:18 “Bring them here to me,” he said.
14:19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.
14:20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
14:21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
14:22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.
14:23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,
14:24 but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
14:25 During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
14:26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
14:27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
14:28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
14:29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
14:30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
14:31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
14:32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
14:33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
14:34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret.
14:35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him
14:36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.
15:1 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked,
15:2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
15:3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?
15:4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’
15:5 But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,’
15:6 he is not to ‘honor his father’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
15:7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
15:8 “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
15:9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'”
15:10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand.
15:11 What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.'”
15:12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”
15:13 He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.
15:14 Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”
15:15 Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”
15:16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them.