: How do react to the unexpected events, and emotions, of life?
Have you ever felt that the Lord repeatedly places you in difficult or
surprising circumstances to teach you a lesson. Perhaps you have wondered when
the difficulties would stop. I’m sure that this is the way the disciples felt
about boats, every time they got in a boat with the Lord it was test time.
Whether they are hauling in nets full of fishes, or
Sitting in bitter disappointment after the crucifixion of Christ fishing
Or fearfully crossing the sea of Galilee in a storm allowed by God.
time they are out in a boat with Jesus and He performs a miracle, it is a
miracle that deals with discipleship. It
is not a miracle for the multitudes. These miracles repeatedly show the
wisdom and power of Christ and the need of men to their wisdom and power and
18 Now when
Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the
other side. 19 And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will
follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes
have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not
where to lay his head. 21 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord,
suffer me first to go and bury my father. 22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me;
and let the dead bury their dead.
23 And when he was
entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. 24 And, behold, there arose a
great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but
he was asleep. 25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord,
save us: we perish. 26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of
little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a
great calm. 27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that
even the winds and the sea obey him!
Luke 8:22-25 22 Now it came to pass on a certain day,
that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go
over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. 23 But as they
sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they
were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to him, and awoke
him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and
the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 And he said
unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to
another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water,
and they obey him.
Sea of Galilee – The Sea of Galilee is a
13-miles-long and seven miles wide at its broadest point. In the Old Testament
this lake is called Chinnereth (Num. 34:11; Josh. 12:3; 13:27); in the New
Testament it is variously identified as Gennesaret (Mark 6:53), Tiberias (John
21:1), and Galilee (John 6:1). It lies 695 feet below sea level with the Jordan
River flowing through it. 
This is called by four different names in Scripture: the
“Sea of Chinnereth,” or “Chinneroth” (Heb. kinneret,
“harp-shaped”; NIV is “Kinnereth”), the shape of the sea (Numbers 34:11;
Joshua 12:3; 13:27); the “lake of Gennesaret” (Luke 5:1), the name of the
extended plain adjoining the lake;
the “Sea of Tiberias” (John 6:1; 21:1), the name used by the natives at this
time—Bahr Tarbariyeh; and “Galilee” (Matthew 4:18; 15:29). The lake is
about sixty miles from Jerusalem
and at one time was thirteen miles long and eight miles wide at its greatest
extent, although land reclamation programs have since reduced its length. Its
surface is about 700 feet below sea level, and it is about 150 feet deep at its
lowest point. The Jordan River flows through it, providing much of its water
supply, but that is augmented by springs in the lake floor. The fresh waters of
the lake are clean, and they have always been well stocked with a
variety of fish. Several towns dotted its shores in NT times, but almost
all of them (Bethsaida,
Capernaum, Tiberias, etc.) stood on its northern and western shores because the eastern slopes rise more precipitously from the water. The sea was the highway for considerable traffic between Damascus and the Mediterranean, and the customhouse duties from which Christ took Matthew were of no little import. Hot springs along the western shore, especially at Tiberias, brought multitudes to be cured. The high hills surrounding the below sea-level water combined with abrupt temperature changes contributed to sudden and violent storms on the lake, as various NT passages indicate (see, e.g., Mark 4:35-41; 6:45-52; John 6:16-21). It was on and about this lake that Jesus did many of His wonderful miracles. Eighteen of the thirty-three recorded miracles of Christ were probably done in the immediate neighborhood of the Sea of
Galilee. In the city of Capernaum alone He performed ten of these. R.K.H. 
Storm - lailaps
(2978), “a hurricane, whirlwind,” is rendered “storm” in Mark 4:37; Luke
8:23; 2 Pet. 2:17, rv (kjv, “tempest”). See tempest.¶
In the Gospels of Mark and Luke, Jesus has spent a full day
teaching and preaching the parables. In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus has just healed
Peter’s mother-in-law and many others and then there is a break and Matthew
records that a crowd had gathered.
All three gospels record the healing of the demoniac after
this, so these are parallel accounts of the same miracle.
What we can gather from the context is that Jesus has been very busy and
was in great demand. He was worn out.
Notice Jesus says, "Let us go over to the other
side." I think that statement is important. His intent is to go to the other side, not to go to the
middle of the lake and drown.
It says "
they took him even as he was " "Just as he was"
probably means he was exhausted. After
all, He fell asleep in the boat. He needed to rest after a long day of
preaching. Here we see His humanity emphasized.
But in the midst of fatigue the Lord never stopped thinking
about His disciples. In the midst of his exhaustion, Jesus wants to teach the
disciples a lesson.
If you take a bucket of water and blow across the top of it,
it doesn’t disturb the water too much. If
you take a plate of water and blow across the top of it, it disturbs the whole
Sea of Galilee is very shallow and very large.
Just a little wind will make 6 foot waves.
Imagine in the darkness of night as the winds gustily move from the
desert into this shallow basin. According to ISBE a storm there would be 10 to
12 foot waves at least. ISBE vol. 2, p. 1166.
It is a very bad storm when professional sailors are afraid
and think they are going down.
(2) Effects of the storm on the disciples
Fearful – Mark 4: 38,40
Desperate, marveled – Mat 8:
Afraid, wonder – Luke 8:22
A good picture of the theanthropic man.
Theanthropic means god-man. His
humanity is seen in his sleeping after an exhausting day.
But whenever we see a clear picture of His humanity, His
deity is not far behind and that is what we see next.
He could sleep through the storm, but not through their cries. That is comforting to know.
Matthew’s account tells me that He rebuked them before he rebuked the
wind. I would rather have the
theology lesson after the trial is over, but I’m convinced that we learn more
during the trial than after.
He rebuked them for their absence of faith.
This is not saying they are not believers.
They just aren’t walking by faith or trusting in him for that
a. In Mark’s account he rebukes
them after the miracle.
We see his humanity, deity, compassion, and power.
I think this is a good illustration of the truth of Hebrews 4:15 which
Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not an high priest which cannot
be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted
like as we are, yet without sin. ."
And when one of the disciples asks Jesus, "Do
you not care that we are perishing?" It makes me wonder if this
is perhaps Peter asking the question (after all, he was the more bold and vocal)
and if this is perhaps what he’s thinking about when he writes 1 Peter 5:7
which says, "Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares
They are terrified and amazed at Jesus’ power.
When they say, "What
kind of man is this? I think
this fits with the major outline of Mark in which only the readers and the
demons really know who Jesus is. It is not until Mark 8:29 that the disciples
make the statement, “Thou art the Christ.”
So, although they know Jesus is special, that He is a great prophet, that He may
be the Messiah, they don’t fully understand who He is.
The purpose of the miracle was to reveal the true nature of
Jesus Christ. He is both God and
man. They thought more of his
humanity than of his deity in this circumstance.
They did come to him for help, they woke him up, so what is the problem.
What was their lack of faith? They
were afraid. What is there to fear? If
God wants you to die, should you be afraid?
God will give you the grace to die. Fear is the result of a lack of
As a servant of the lord I’m not exempt from the storms of
Experiencing the trials is not an indication of God’s
discipline or disfavor.
God has power even over nature and my circumstances.
Fear is the result of a lack of faith.
It is a failure to believe that God is good and God is in control.
Although we all believe that Jesus is God, do we live every day like we really
believe that He is really in control of every situation?
Sometimes we say, “God was so gracious” when something good happens
like He’s not gracious all the time. Sometimes we say something like,
"Where was God when I needed Him?"
When if we were taking a theology exam in the classroom, we know that God
is omnipresent. That is a human description of our experience, not a statement
of good theology.
The purpose of trials is the perfection of faith. James
let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting
The result of trials should be a greater understanding of who
Closing : What would the
disciples have done if they had had faith?
If they had believed that their Lord was in control and that He cared for
They would not have awakened the Lord (it was obvious that he
They would have known that the boat would not sink with the
Lord in it.
And they would have known that the storm was not going to
They would have been able to ride out the storm and waited.
When we face difficulties, we need
to have faith in God’s goodness and God’s control. The storms He sends our way are to build our faith.
The storms He sends our way will not last forever.
That is not to say they may not last the rest of our natural lives, but
one day, all the storms will be over. Every time you are out in a boat with
Jesus and you face a trial that trial is His way of increasing your faith.
It is not trial for the multitudes, it has been custom made for you..
These trails repeatedly show the wisdom and power of Christ and the need of men
to their wisdom and power and trust God.
Psalm 29 A Psalm of David. 1
Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
2Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the
LORD in the beauty of holiness. 3The
voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is
upon many waters. 4The
voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
5The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD
breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. 6He maketh them also to skip like a
calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. 7The voice of the LORD
divideth the flames of fire. 8The
voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of
Kadesh. 9The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and
discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.
10The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King
for ever. 11The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD
will bless his people with peace
Eph 1:15 15Wherefore
I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the
saints, 16Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in
my prayers; 17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of
him: 18The eyes of your
understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his
calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19And
what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according
to the working of his mighty power, 20Which
he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own
right hand in the heavenly places, 21Far above all principality, and
power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this
world, but also in that which is to come: 22And hath put all things
under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23Which
is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Rev 21:1-7 1And
I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth
were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2And I John saw the holy
city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride
adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a great voice out of heaven
saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them,
and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their
God. 4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there
shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any
more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5And he that sat
upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write:
for these words are true and faithful. 6And he said unto me, It is
done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that
is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7He that
overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my
One day all the storms will cease and we will dwell safely in the presence of the Lord. So endure these light afflictions
2 Cor 4:8-18
are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in
despair; 9Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that
the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11For we
which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also
of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12So then death
worketh in us, but life in you. 13We having the same spirit of faith,
according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also
believe, and therefore speak; 14Knowing that he which raised up the
Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15For
all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the
thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16For which cause
we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed
day by day. 17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18While
we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:
for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen
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