by Pastor Gene
“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
- How might this passage speak to our current situation in the midst of a global pandemic? What is Jesus saying to us through story?
- What has the pandemic shown us about ourselves, including many believers? Contemplate Leviticus 26:15-16, Psalm 53:5, Proverbs 28:1, Joshua 1:9, Hebrews 13:5-6, Luke 17:33 and Matthew 6:27.
- Think especially about Joshua 1:9. Why do we fail to “be strong and courageous” and become “frightened” and “dismayed”?
- Pastor Gene thinks of Mark 4:35-41 and John 6:16-21 as a “sea-disaster sandwich with the Feeding of the 5000 men as the meat in the middle. Do you see anything in the text that would warrant such a connection? Be sure to look at all of the Gospel accounts of these same events. The first ‘near-disaster-at-sea’ is recorded in Mark 4:35-41, Matthew 8:23-27 and Luke 8:22-25; the second is recorded in Mark 6:45-52, Matthew 14:22-33 and John 6:16-21.
- With respect to the second ‘near-disaster-at-sea,’ what striking detail does Matthew include that Mark and Luke omit?
- Why does Pastor Gene always try to sit on a cushion (compare Mark 4:38a with Luke 10:37b).
- What are two things that actually astonished Jesus? See Matthew 8:5-13 and Mark 6:1-6. What should we learn from this as followers of Jesus in 2022?
Reflection Questions: “O Lord, Make Me Know My End and the Measure of My Days!” (Psalm 39.4)
March 12, 2023