Matthew 14 presents a remarkable contrast between the two feasts:
- There is Herod’s feast — which is sumptuous, attended by captains and kings, and the entertainment is provided by a “strange woman”. It is a feast of death — for a righteous man is slain on a whim.
- Then there is Christ’s feast — which is frugal, with food for the poor. Here is no strange, lewd woman, but rather Christ’s “bride”, for whom he provides the bread of life. In contrast to Herod’s feast of death, this is a feast of life, for it typifies the death of one who lays down his life for his friends.
“They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat” (v 16).
None need depart empty-handed or hungry from the presence of Jesus. The bread that he provides is for all. In the atonement of Christ, there is ample provision for every man and woman!
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