Matthew 9:14 Why Fast?

Matthew 9:14 (KJV)
Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?

There are three very distinct groups of people identified in this verse
The disciples of John
There are some believers who get started right but never grow. John said that he must decrease and Jesus, increase. These people loved John so much they could not love Jesus. Good preachers and teachers are a gift from God, but they are never to be elevated to the place of our Lord. To do so will certainly prevent one from knowing Christ as he should, even if the preacher he follows urges him to come close to Christ.

The Pharisees
These are disciples of religion. Once again, they would have started with a good foundation, the Word of God. But they moved from that to teachings about the Word of God which were not the Word of God and made the Word of God of no effect. Religion is very likely the most devastating thing there is to a real relationship with Christ.

The disciples of Christ
There were multitudes of people who followed after Christ. His disciples in fact were a very small handful of people who knew they had no place else to go but to Jesus.[1] He had the words of life.

Notice that Jesus said eventually all three groups would fast. The trouble was that the Pharisees did it because they thought they were righteous in the act. The disciples of John did it because they thought they had to. Thus, they were jealous of Jesus’s disciples. The disciples of Jesus did not fast while He was with them. They took up the practice after Jesus ascended to heaven. We do it in anticipation for His return and to seek closeness to Him.


[1] John 6:66-69 (KJV)
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

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Matthew 9:14 Why Fast?

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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