Summary: A study of the Gospel of Mark 4: 35 – 41
Mark 4: 35 – 41
The Perfect Storm
35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
In the Gospels of Matthew and Luke we find their reports on this same situation. So, let us see what they have to say.
Matthew 8:23-27, “23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” 26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
Luke 8: 22 – 25, “22 Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. 23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”
By most historians findings the Gospel of Matthew was written before Mark and Luke penned their Gospels. Matthew was an apostle who was also called Levi. Our Lord approached him while he was working as a tax collector and instructed him to leave his profession and become the Lord’s follower. Matthew had over three years of personal interaction with our Precious Lord. He was an eyewitness to this entire amazing occurrence
Mark was Peter’s step son in the faith. Peter was a disciple before Matthew. He was also in the Lord’s inner circle and witnessed more fantastic displays of the Lord’s Power and Authority. Peter rehashed all that he knew about his life walking with the Lord to Mark who wrote down all the information as inspired by our Wonderful Holy Spirit.