Monday, February 6, 2006

Mark - Walking on Water

Walking on water

Mark 6:48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.

Jesus, high on the mountain praying, could see out to sea that the disciple's ship was not moving very fast, for they were fighting the wind. Jesus was watching out for the disciples while praying in a quiet place. Watch and pray:

Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

It is good to know that Jesus watches out for us, but we also must be aware of things. Our concerns come to light in prayer, also the concerns of others are brought to our mind. I like to pray away from other people, this was the pattern of Jesus, to be alone with the Father in a wilderness place. Group prayer is good too, especially when a problem faces the whole church body.

Jesus walked upon the angry sea at the fourth watch; about 3 AM. It appeared that he was going to walk past them. He caught up with them, unhindered by the fierce wind. Why was he passing by? From other stories we see Jesus passing by as he walked to different places. It is when people reach out to touch him that help comes. Touching the hem of his garment or crying out to him, Jesus, Jesus, he responds when we approach him when he is near. Salvation comes when Jesus is nearby, first we must cry out to him.

Mark 6:49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:

They cried out in fear, thinking he was a ghost.

Mark 6:50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.

Cheer up, peace be with you, it is I, be not afraid, fear not. Mark does not tell us about Peter walking on water to Jesus.

Mat 14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
Mat 14:29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water,to go to Jesus.
Mat 14:30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
Mat 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Perhaps Peter had spoken the account to Mark, leaving out the part of him walking on water, not wanting to share this with him.

Mark 6:51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.

They were in wonder at this miracle. Never had a man walked on water.

Mark 6:52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

They had put out of their mind what had occurred earlier, the feeding of the five thousand, why? It says because their hearts were hardened. Many we witness to, do not receive the evidence of Jesus, Son of God, because their hearts are hardened. Many in our churches do not care to see more of Jesus and to be his disciples. Are we seeing the glory of the Son of God in these gospel accounts? We must see with a tender heart the love and glorious workings of the Lord.

Eaglewings New Testament Studies

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