Matthew Lesson 9 Day 4

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Matthew Lesson 9 Day 4

Matthew 8:23-27

Jesus calms a life-threatening storm.

10) The Word became flesh (John 1:14)

While on earth, Jesus was fully human and fully God. I wonder if Mary told him who is was or if he knew. Did He have to develop His prayer life? When he was only twelve, we know he understood enough to amaze the Jewish scholars. (Luke 2:42-52)

That same evening, after casting out demons and healing everyone who was sick, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s go across to the other side [of the lake].” (Mark 4:35-41)

Even before they left, would-be followers tried to bargain with Him. In speaking to the scribe, Jesus called himself the Son of Man.

“He used this phrase 81 times in the gospels; every time it is either something jesus said of himself, or the words of someone quoting jesus. . . . he used it as a title that reflected both the glory (Daniel 7:13-14) and the humility (Psalm 8:4) of the Messiah. . . . By using it often, Jesus told his listeners: “I’m the Messiah of power and glory, but no the one you were expecting.”1

Jesus didn’t seem to thrive on the large crowds. We don’t see Him sending anyone to announce where He would be speaking next.

Leaving behind the crowd, they left the shore along with some other boats. Jesus soon fell asleep on a “[leather] cushion in the back of the boat” (Mark 4:38 AMPC)

One translation says “Jesus, exhausted, fell asleep” (TPT). His human body required sleep just like ours.

Jesus went to sleep at perfect peace. The waves splashing on him didn’t wake him up—but the panic-stricken disciples did.

Jesus rebuked the storm and the wind stopped blowing and the sea calmed down immediately.

After asking, “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith yet?”They just witnessed Jesus casting out demons and healing the sick with a word. 

11a) Jesus’ words

When Jesus said, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake,” he said it was possible—they would make it to the other side, not drown in a storm.

The disciples woke Jesus, He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still! The wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”

“Who is this that even the wind and the sea obey him?” the

b) His actions

Jesus calms the storm completely.

He rebukes the disciples for their fear and lack of faith.

12a) Personal storm

The entire world ongoing continues to face the raging chaos, health crisis, and media storm following the pandemic. An ongoing volcano spewing lava in Spain. Political unrest in my country. Attacks on churches in Canada, abortion wars, education wars, sexual identity wars, conspiracy arguments, families divided because they disagree, etc.

b) Jesus offers perspective in the storm

He is good, merciful, gracious, loving, ever-present Emanuel, all-powerful omnipotence, sovereignty, and transcendent (not like us).

The disciples feared for their lives. If they truly believed in the destiny of Jesus and their calling as His followers, they would not have been afraid. Jesus commended the centurion for his faith and understanding of authority. They had the same authority to calm the storm.

2013: I believe we have authority over storms. Several months ago we received an emergency tornado warning specific to our location. We commanded the tornado to dissipate. Thankfully, our area experience no damage.


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2 AWM Living Commentary used by written permission.
3 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations from *The ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
4 Strong’s Concordance, public domain.
5 *Spirit Filled Life Bible®copyright © 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. (The Holy Bible, New King James Bible) copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
6 Ellicott’s Commentary, public domain.
7 Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, public domain.
8 The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

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