x217.....Jesus sent away the people

Mt 15:39* And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.

Mr 6:45* And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.

these 2 examples show times when Jesus "sent away" the multitude of people whom He had just taught and fed.

The misconception we might have from the English understanding of "sent away" is that Jesus "sort of got tired of all the people and all the healing and just sent them all away so they wouldn't bother Him anymore."

Of course this is wrong and certainly does not ring true with the nature of Jesus as we all know it!

The truth is that the word used here for "sent away" is this Greek, used specifically at the times when Jesus fed a large group of people and taught them--

apoluo {ap-ol-oo'-o} v

AV - release 17, put away 14, send away 13, let go 13, set at liberty 2, let depart 2, dismiss 2, misc 6; 69

1) to set free 2) to let go, dismiss, (to detain no longer) 2a) a petitioner to whom liberty to depart is given by a decisive answer 2b) to bid depart, send away 3) to let go free, release 3a) a captive i.e. to loose his bonds and bid him depart, to give him liberty to depart 3b) to acquit one accused of a crime and set him at liberty 3c) indulgently to grant a prisoner leave to depart 3d) to release a debtor, i.e. not to press one's claim against him, to remit his debt 4) used of divorce, to dismiss from the house, to repudiate. The wife of a Greek or Roman may divorce her husband. 5) to send one's self away, to depart

[This word is a related to the Greek word "apostello" or "apostellos"--which is variously translated as "sent" or when referring to certain people "apostle" as well as the Greek word "apostole" which is translated as apostleship.]

Jesus was not getting the crowds out of His hair!!--definitely not! He was in fact releasing them to serve God. He was sending them away to bear witness of Him in the earth.

This makes perfect sense if we look at Jesus' ministry as He proclaims it in these verses of the Bible....

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty ("apostello") them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."
(Luke 4:18-19, KJV).

Jesus names 5 purposes that He will fulfill--1-preach the Gospel--2, feed the poor--3. heal--4. bring deliverance 5. set at liberty (Greek: "apostello"). The final part of the Gospel--the final part of "meeting Jesus" is release--sending away--liberty--freedom--apostleship

Jesus taught the people--he demonstrated the authority of God which was "given unto man"--to destroy the works of the devil--to heal the sick to preach the Gospel--to cast out every devil.

But finally Jesus released the people--this is the way He operated His ministry--what's our excuse for holding people the "sheep-pen"?

WE see the miracle of the feeding of the 5000, but do we discern the miracle of the release of all those people to serve God?