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Lesson # Matt. 14:24-25
Study Material - Matt. 14:24-25
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24 But [de] the ship [ploion] was [en] now [ede] in the midst [mesos] of the sea [thalassa] , tossed [basanizo] with [hupo] waves [kuma] : for [gar] the wind [anemos] was [en] contrary [enantios] .
25 And [de] in the fourth [tetartos] watch [phulake] of the night [nux] Jesus [Iesous] went [aperchomai] unto [pros] them [autos] , walking [peripateo] on [epi] the sea [thalassa] . KJV-Interlinear
24 But the boat was already many stadia away from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. NAS
'If I make my bed in Sheol (the underworld and specifically Paradise, the compartment in the underworld where believers of the Old testament resided after they died), behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Thy hand will lead Me, and Thy right hand will lay hold of me,' Psa. 139:8-10. 'The Lord also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble,' Psa. 9:9. The Lord is our fortress and deliverer and our rock of refuge, Psa. 18:2. He will keep us safe even as we walked 'through the valley of the shadow of death,' Psa. 23:4. God's word to Moses out of the burning bush: 'I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings,' Ex. 3:7.
These promises and many more are given in the scriptures so that when we find ourselves in trouble, we will have something (faith) to fall back on and know that God will not abandon us - even and especially in death.
The boat was several miles off shore, Jn. 6:19. The night was dark. A storm had begun. The winds were high, the waves were high, and the winds were blowing them further out into the deeper waters, further from shore.
Typically sailing at night would not have been their choice. Better to sail in the daylight so that you could see the land and know where you were at any given point during the trip, and the boat would have not ventured much further than maybe a mile off shore. Keeping the shore in view at all times. But Jesus had insisted that the disciples sailed straight away. It was evening (the second evening or the first watch - from 6 to 9 pm) when they sailed.
The second watch is from 9 until midnight. The third watch is from midnight until 3 a.m. And the fourth watch was from 3 a.m. until dawn or about 6 a.m.
It was not the fourth watch. The disciples had been battling the storm for more than 9 hours when Jesus came walking up to them. Walking on the water. The wind was against them and pushing them further and further away from the shore.
They had just ended a great series of days with Christ. This could not have been better. He taught, he headed, and He fed the masses. All was going fine.
Without warning, they were not only removed from the wonderful time they were having but were now caught up in a violent storm. They were fishermen by trade. At least some of them were. They had been with Christ for many months now and had seen every miracle imaginable, at least it would seem. Jesus had already commanded the winds to cease in another incident when they were out on the water, and He had performed more miracles than any other prophet in history.
But they were still afraid. Jesus was not with them physically, and this caused them great distress. They had certainly read the scriptures and promises which God has given to all believers, but when trouble presents itself, many folks who are weak in faith simply fall apart. People forget that which they should know.
One of the first rules of Bible study and spiritual growth is - there is always a need for more study and growth. None of us will ever reach a point where we require no further study. A program of daily study keeps doctrine in front of our thoughts. We will stumble from time to time, but we always have Gods Word in our souls (if we keep learning it and retaining it), and as we progress through life, we will have many an opportunity to apply what we know spiritually to the circumstances we face in life. We'll fail over and over again. But as we learn from each incident, and learn to avoid the first mistakes we make, so we will grow up and mature, making fewer and fewer mistakes until eventually we will be mature and stable in our thoughts. We will learn to trust God through any set of circumstances and we will trust Him completely. He will provide what we need and when we need it. We may have to ride the storm for a while, but not forever.
God will always be with us in our thoughts even though He is not here physically in the person of Jesus Christ.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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