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“And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the
Just like walking through a neighborhood allows you to see more than if you drove by, reading the Bible slowly and stopping after short sections
Here is Jesus, resting after a long day of preaching and miracles, sitting on a mountainside, watching His disciples struggle across a lake with the wind against them. He has healed people of deadly diseases, cast out armies of
As hard as rowing against the wind can be, it seems like walking on water against the wind would be more difficult. It’s about 8 miles across, so it would take a couple hours if you walked a
You can’t blame the disciples for being afraid when Jesus goes walking by. They are exhausted too, and tensions are high in that boat. It says they were “utterly astounded because they didn’t understand about the loaves” WHAT? Yes! You have to tie all of these events together now. The crowds, the lack of food, the miraculous feast, the night out struggling on the lake, and now Jesus walking up to the boat in the middle are all part of the same lesson for us.
Jesus utterly wipes out our fear of starving and our fear of death and rules over creation as Lord and King. Wind, waves, and lack of food are no hindrance or cause for alarm. He wants to soften our hearts so that we will believe Him. He wants us to notice the obvious things He is doing to that we will know He is the Lord. The disciples “did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened,” and so Jesus went away to pray for them that their hearts would be opened.
If such things happened to men whose hearts weren’t open, how much more will Christ show to us as we open ourselves to Him?