Get Out Of The Boat and Give God A Testimony
Mat 14:22 And straightway Jesus constrained [ compelled] his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
Mat 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
Mat 14:24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed [ tortured tormented] with waves: for the wind was contrary.
Mat 14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night [ 3- 6 a.m.] Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
Mat 14:26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; [ always think it is devil]and they cried out for fear.
Mat 14:27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
Mat 14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid [ command order] me come unto thee on the water.
Mat 14:29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
Mat 14:30 But when he saw the wind boisterous,[ forcible mighty] he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
Mat 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
Mat 14:32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
Mat 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshiped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
they are straining at the oars (Mk 6:48)
3.5 miles from land (Jn 6:19)
lit "tormented by the waves" (Mt, v24)
Because of what is around us and we have given ourselves to our surroundings dictating our emotions which declares what we feel and believe if it is stormy we begin to sink
3 types of storms
•Natural storms – we live in a fallen world, and some of the troubles we face are simply that – natural disasters
Rain falls on just and unjust
•Storms of correction – Like the storm sent to the boat Jonah rode to escape the call to preach to Nineveh. These usually last until we turn from our false course.
•Storms of perfection – Storms that God uses to build our strength and our faith. God doesn’t rescue us immediately. They are like the silversmith’s refining fire, where the raw silver ore is kept in the hottest flame until all the impurities are burned away, and it becomes strong, pure metal.
According to the Holy Scriptures, human extremity is the frequent meeting place with God
At least four had been professional fishermen on this very lake, and were well aware of the danger to their lives. Despite the efforts of 12 men, their boat was making no progress. Jesus, walking on the water, easily caught up to them. The disciples were exhausted and afraid. When they caught sight of Jesus, they thought it was a ghost and screamed. Mark 6:52 says “They still did not understand the significance of the miracle of the multiplied loaves, for their hearts were hard and they did not believe.” Even today, we often fail to recognize the presence of Christ.