Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Scripture Reading: Mark 4:39-41 ~ "...even the winds and the seas obey Him."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Storm_on_the_Sea_of_Galilee
"They awoke Christ. Had not the necessity of the case called for it, they would not have stirred up or awoke their Master, till he had pleased; but they knew he would forgive them this wrong. When Christ seems as if he slept in a storm, he is awakened by the prayers of his people; when we know not what to do, our eye must be to him; we may be at our wits’ end, but not at our faith’s end, while we have such a Saviour to go to. Their address to Christ is here expressed very emphatically; Master, carest thou not that we perish?


"The word of command with which Christ rebuked the storm... Peace, be stillSiopa, pephimosobe silent, be dumb. Let not the wind any longer roar, nor the sea rage. Thus he stills the noise of the sea, the noise of her waves; a particular emphasis is laid upon the noisiness of them. The noise is threatening and terrifying; let us hear no more of it. 

"This is a word of command to us; when our wicked hearts are like the troubled sea which cannot rest; when our passions are up, and are unruly, let us think we hear the law of Christ, saying, Be silent, be dumb. Think not confusedly, speak not unadvisedly; but be still. A word of comfort to us, that, be the storm of trouble ever so loud, ever so strong, Jesus Christ can lay it with a word’s speaking. When within are fears, and the spirits are in a tumult, Christ can create...peace.  If he say, Peace, be still, there is a great calm presently. By this therefore Christ proves himself to be God. He that made the seas, can make them quiet.

"Why are ye fearful? Why are ye so fearful? Though there may be cause for some fear, yet not for fear to such a degree as this. There it is, O ye of little faith. Here it is, How is it that ye have no faith? Not that the disciples were without faith. No, they believed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; but at this time their fears prevailed so that they seemed to have no faith at all. 
 
"They feared greatly. They feared a great fear; now their fear was rectified by their faith. When they feared the winds and the seas, it was for want of the reverence they ought to have had for Christ. But now that they saw a demonstration of his power over them, they feared them less, and him more. They feared lest they had offended Christ by their unbelieving fears; and therefore studied now to give him honour. They had feared the power and wrath of the Creator in the storm, and that fear had torment and amazement in it; but now they feared the power and grace of the Redeemer in the calm; they feared the Lord and his goodness...and by it they gave glory to Christ...  

"What manner of man is this? Surely more than a man, for even the winds and the seas obey him."
 


Commentary ~ Matthew Henry
 

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