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Lesson # Matt. 14:26-27
Study Material - Matt. 14:26-27
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
26 And [kai] when the disciples [mathetes] saw [eido] him [autos] walking [peripateo] on [epi] the sea [thalassa] , they were troubled [tarasso] , saying [lego] [hoti] , It is [esti] a spirit [phantasma] ; and [kai] they cried out [krazo] for [apo] fear [phobos] .
27 But [de] straightway [eutheos] Jesus [Iesous] spake [laleo] unto them [autos] , saying [lego] , Be of good cheer [tharseo] ; it is [eimi] I [ego] ; be [phobeo] not [me] afraid [phobeo] . KJV-Interlinear
26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were frightened, saying, 'It is a ghost!' And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.' NAS
The place of security is not found in the places of favorable circumstance, but in the place of obedience to God's will.
The disciples saw an apparition - a thing of the imagination. The word for 'saw' means they focused intently on the image which they saw coming and passing by them from out of the storm. The image was of course not just an imagination, but was the person of Jesus Christ, walking out to them, or rather passing by them on His way to the other side, Mk. 6:48.
They were afraid. They were tired. They were working the oars and had been for quite some time. They were losing the battle as the storm was pushing them further out into the lake. They had been fighting the storm since the prior evening and after many long hours, their strength had to have been almost on the verge of giving out.
Therefore, very wet, very tired, and probably very dejected, they gave into their imagination when they saw Jesus come walking by. Not an every day occurrence you know. Not for these seasoned fishermen.
These men had been with Jesus for some time now. They had witnessed daily miracles where Jesus cured and healed the ills of others. Now they had a threat of their own to contend with. The sea was a powerful force and represents the power of the world. None of us can stand up to it and if we try on our own to change or control or even ignore the world, we'll lose. No contest. The world is far greater than we are. The world doesn't consist of just a large body of water and wind, but we have to deal with everyday circumstances in our life. We deal with our own thoughts (they were afraid). We have to deal with other people (the wind). We have to deal with the systems and bureaucracies in the world (the sea). We have to deal with disasters in our life (the storm). These are the four categories that the Bible repeatedly tells us are the four great enemies or tests of our life, with which we cannot ignore, nor avoid, nor escape.
There is no place in the universe where you can run to and escape your own thoughts, or other people. The disciples had the pleasure of viewing the healing of others from the comfort of their circumstances - being with Christ. But now they had to see that they too would suffer in life, and that protection would be available to them in a variety of ways. The first way was their separation from the crowd and its bad influence. The second way is through the storm. No matter how bad things are in life, Christ is always with the believer who is positive, even when that believer is somewhat new to doctrine and weak in his faith.
There is no storm that can steal you away from Christ. There is no storm that can hide you from Him. God always knows where we are and what our circumstances are, and more important, what our needs are. And even more important, God has a plan for each one of us. The world can do nothing against us or nothing to us, to interfere with that plan. The world cannot eliminate Gods plan for our life, nor alter it.
The disciples had a plan for their lives and we now know the extent of that plan. God did not remove them from the world until they had all completed their assigned tasks - assigned by God. The same applies to each of us. We all have an assignment. We will function in that assignment sooner or later, if we are consistent in our daily Bible study, advance in our spiritual growth to maturity, and therefore become prepared for whatever God has laid out for us in our life. The assignment can operate for years, or He can use us in some unique and very dramatic event in history. Whatever our purpose, it is far better to complete our life in accordance with Gods will, and then enter into heaven a hero, than to ignore Him throughout our life and go into heaven with a totally wasted life, being merely filler for history.
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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