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Coming of the King: Week 30

Matthew 14:1-21: The Logistics of the Kingdom

Roman Politicians: the same for 2000 years.

The Beginning of the End

The miracle of the loaves and fishes is recounted in all four Gospels. It captures the imagination of the people - they can now see Him as a conquering Messiah. The Romans would be hard pressed to stand up against miraculous logistics. John records the popular sentiment: "Truly this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” John 6:14-15, and the people wanted to make Jesus king by force!

When the Pharisees resisted the offenses of Herod Archelaus against the Law of Moses, his cruelty was so extreme that Rome banished Archelaus and removed the scepter (power of capital punishment) from Judah in fulfillment of Jacob's prophecy, and installing a Roman prefect. Instead of believing that Shiloh (the Messiah) had come as prophesied, they went mourning in sackcloth saying "the scepter has departed from Judah and Messiah has not come - the Scripture has been broken". Now they were determined to quell another popular uprising lest the Romans take away their nation altogether. John 11:48