Matthew Lesson 15 Day 5

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Matthew Lesson 15 Day 5

Matthew 14:25-36

Jesus comes to their rescue walking on the water

12. Between 3:00 and 6:00 AM, Jesus showed up.

The disciples were terrified at the sight of someone standing and walking on the water. They thought it was a ghost.

They were in the will of God when the storm came. Various versions of Matthew 14:22 say Jesus “constrained, made, insisted, had, and compelled” the disciples to get into the boat and go to the other side ahead of Him.
Verse 23 says, “After He had dismissed them…” Mark 6:45 also employs the same Greek word as Matthew 14:22.

The disciples allowed fear to take hold. Since they knew Jesus sent them and had future plans for them, they should have trusted that He would protect them. But I’m sure I would have reacted the same way.

b.  Then Jesus said, “Be brave and don’t be afraid. I am here!” (TPT)

This was the second time the disciples were caught in a terrible storm at sea. The previous time, Jesus was on board but asleep. (Matthew 8:23-26)

13. a. Peter believed that if Jesus said “come,” it was possible.

When Peter took his eyes off Jesus, distracted by the threatening situation, he went from faith to fear.

Jesus immediately responded with compassion to Peter’s cry for help by extending His miracle-working hand. Then Jesus cautioned Peter against doubting. What a great lesson for all of us!

The Greek word translated little faith is oligopistos (Strongs #3640) Jesus used this same word (probably the Aramaic version) in Matthew 8:26 in the previous storm.

“From oligos, “small,” and pisits, “faith,” describing a faith that lacks confidence or trusts too little. Jesus used the word in various situations as a tender rebuke or corrective chiding. Another way to term it is “under-developed faith” as opposed to outright unbelief or distrust (apisitis).” (9)

It is encouraging to know—even when we lapse into doubt, Jesus is there to prevent us from drowning. There’s no shame in crying out to Him.

b. When my eyes are on the problem . . .

. . . and I’m assessing my ability or inability to solve it, I’m not relying on God.

14. a. Truly you are the Son of God.

Jesus and Peter got in the boat.

Immediately, the winds were calm. Several other versions say the winds “stopped” or “ceased.”

The disciples came and worshiped Jesus saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Something about this moment convinced them that Jesus wasn’t just an amazing Rabi or prophet. He truly was the Son of God.

b.  They were completely astonished.

Jesus can turn off the switch in threatening situations.

He imparted the ability to multiply food from their hands, and they saw Peter walk on water to Jesus. The presence of God calmed the sea and I believe the glory remained in a tangible way, confirming to them that Jesus was the Messiah.

In the days and years to come, they must never doubt that.


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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.
9 The Passion Translation®. Copyright © 2017, 2018, 2020 by Passion & Fire Ministries, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. thePassionTranslation.com

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My answers, research, and notes for BSF Bible Study Fellowship questions Matthew Lesson 15 Day 5