Heavenly Father, thank You for gathering us together to read, study, meditate, and apply Your word to our life. May we be transformed, in Jesus’ name, Amen
Mark 6: 45-56
The gospel of Mark is an action packed narrative written to a Roman audience by Mark who emphasised what Jesus did, presenting Him as the Suffering Servant.
VV 45-48, ‘’45 Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away. 46 And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. 47 Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. 48 Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night, He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by.’’
Jesus was growing in popularity and the disciples were excited. Jesus sent His disciples into the boat to go to Bethsaida while He dismissed the crowd, promising to join them later. Even though they were obedient to Jesus, they were heading straight into a storm. Sooner or later, you too will get into a storm. God will deliberately send you into a storm to build character, faith, perseverance, humility, and deepen your walk with Him. Blessings had to be balanced with sufferings. The Sea of Galilee, 680 feet below sea level, is the lowest freshwater lake in the world. Storms are due to cold air from the Mediterranean Sea colliding with warm air above the Sea of Galilee after rushing down the valley at a high velocity. Jesus was 3 to 4 miles away, but He saw them rowing and struggling in the storm. Jesus can see all your struggles and He is never far away. The fourth watch of the night was between 3 am to 6 am. The disciples had been in the storm for many hours.
VV 49-52 ‘’49 And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; 50 for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” 51 Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure and marveled. 52 For they had not understood about the loaves because their heart was hardened.’’
When they saw Jesus walked on the sea, they were frightened, thinking that they had seen a ghost. Jesus said, ‘’ it is I, do not be afraid.’’ Their hearts were hardened. Just hours ago, the disciples saw the feeding of the 5000 and yet their hearts were hardened. Is your heart hardened?Why did Jesus walk on water? The disciples feared the waves and the storm. Jesus stepped on the things they feared to show that He was in total control.
VV 53-56, ‘’53 When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, 55 ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was. 56Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.’’
When they landed in Gennesaret, the people immediately recognised Jesus because He wore a special garment called the ‘’tallit’’. The sick people who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment with faith were healed. Even though the multitude followed Jesus, not all of them all believed in Him. John 2:23-24, ‘ ’Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men’’.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You gave Your one and only Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins for us, to give us salvation and eternal life. Thank You for speaking to us as we are hunger for Your truth, in Jesus’ name, Amen.