EMAIL: Dear Marcus & Dr. Howell, recently our pastor preached on Mt 14:13-21, about Jesus feeding the five thousand. The point of his sermon was about our need to share. He didn’t exactly say this, but it sounds like he believes this was not a miracle of multiplication but of sharing. What do you think? Sincerely, Clint
6: For he will render to every man according to his works:
7: (a) to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality,
he will give eternal life;
8: (b) but for those who are factious and do not obey the truth, but obey wickedness,
there will be wrath and fury.
9: (a) There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil,
the Jew first and also the Greek,
10: (b) but glory and honor and peace for every one who does good,
the Jew first and also the Greek.
11: For God shows no partiality.
12: (a) All who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law,
(b) and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law.
13: For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God,
but the doers of the law who will be justified.
14: (A) When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires,
they are a law to themselves,
even though they do not have the law.
15: They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts,
while their conscience also bears witness
and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them
16: on that day when, according to my gospel,
God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
17: (B) But if you call yourself a Jew and rely upon the law
and boast of your relation to God
18: and know his will and approve what is excellent,
because you are instructed in the law,
19: and if you are sure that you are a guide to the blind,
a light to those who are in darkness,
20: a corrector of the foolish,
a teacher of children,
having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth —
21: you then who teach others, will you not teach yourself?
While you preach against stealing, do you steal?
22: You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery?
You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?
23: You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?
24: For, as it is written,
“The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”