7 And Jesus with his disciples withdrew to the sea, and a large crowd followed from Galilee, and from Judea 8 and from Jerusalem and from Idumea and beyond the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon a large crowd came to him because they are hearing how many things he was doing. 9 and he said to his disciples that a boat should be made ready for him on account of the crowd in order to not crush him. 10 for many were healed, with the result that those having an illness tried to fall to him in order that they might be touched by him. 11 and the unclean spirits, whenever they saw him, were falling to him and were crying out, saying “you are the son of God.” 12 but he was commanding them strictly that they might not make such statements about him openly.
compassion and wisdom
Jesus is getting to a point in his ministry where his popularity and what people want from him are starting to keep him from his stated purpose. He had told his disciples that his purpose was to preach in all the villages, but everyone was flocking to see his power, not hear his preaching. His first solution was to ready a boat in case he needed to board it in order to keep from being stampeded. His second solution (which we will see next time) is to send out the twelve to preach. The Lord’s compassion compelled him to help people, but his wisdom would not allow his compassion to keep the message from being preached.
LORD, give us your compassion to help the hurting, and your wisdom to find ways of preaching your message while doing it.