But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
When Jesus saw the multitudes He was moved with compassion on them. Not exactly the way we feel when see the multitudes is it? We are moved but it is with fear that somebody is going to get ahead of us and get the promotion or the Pastor’s attention or our seat. We are moved with anxiety because we are afraid somebody is going to lie on us and take what is ours.
Jesus was moved with compassion. Compassion means to be moved as to one’s bowels. The bowels was thought to be the center of love and pity in a person’s being. I’m afraid we’re not often moved with compassion but rather with jealousy, anger, hatred, lust, greed or some other evil emotion. Jesus didn’t just feel compassion for the multitude but He was moved by it. The multitude fainted and was scattered abroad as sheep without a shepherd. So Jesus gathered up who ever would come and begin to minister to them spiritually and He also put His natural works where His spiritual mouth was and fed the multitude naturally and healed their bodies.
We often come across people in life who are faint hearted and despondent because of some hard circumstance in their life. Often they are in the circumstances because of their own choices and mistakes. However you never hear Jesus ask them, before ministering to their need, why they are in the shape they are in. He modeled the correct behavior for us with the woman who was caught in the act of adultery. He never belittled her or condemned her but rather forgave her sins and then said go and sin no more. That is unconditional love!
When we find someone who is scattered and wandering through life lost, wounded, hurt and scattered let us not only feel bad for them but let us be “moved” with compassion for them and put our natural works where our spiritual mouths are.