Dec 312016

Matthew 14:22-36

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.

  • More movement – more separation
  • We see here … the mass has ended.
  • What were they being dismissed to? Going into all the world…

23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,

  • Finally, alone
  • I wonder what is the significance of always going ‘up the mountain’.
  • Why didn’t Jesus just drop where he was and pray – or pray while he was walking up the mountain?

24 but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them.

  • What is our condition, are we not far from shore, beaten by the creation and the world is against us? … even as Christians if we get too far from Jesus.
  • What is too far from Jesus?

25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.

  • Jesus, just passing by.

26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear.

  • In the OT, the sea was the enemy of God – In the sea was the home of Leviathan — The Beast
  • The beasts Leviathan & Behemoth – both stand for all things anti Christ.
  • Rev 13 the beast coming out of the sea and the beast of the land
  • If you know your OT, you see it.
  • Did the disciples believe in ghosts?

27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

  • They are saying “who is this?” And Jesus answers “It’s me – God.”
  • Jesus walking on the water is trampling down the sea – trampling down Leviathan, behemoths and the beasts. Trampling down his enemies.

28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”

  • “If it is you” – is Peter actually putting Jesus to a test?

29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.

  • Watch this closely – Jesus is inviting Peter – his Church, to come walk on the sea – come walk and trample on the head of Leviathan.
  • This is faith on steroids!
  • Jesus gives Peter the authority to walk on water by his word “Come”
  • Faith receives what the Word gives by his word.

30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”

  • And what happens when we are distracted from the object of our faith?
  • This is what we do – then we resort to “Lord save me.”
  • Don’t take your eyes off Jesus (and this needs to be developed)
  • When my faith gets distracted. Whoa, I am food for Leviathan.

31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

  • Rescue – pulling Peter back is like bringing Peter back into the church.

32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

  • The wind was probably there for God’s purpose. Everything is there for God’s purpose.
  • The wind is just backdrop to the story – Peter is backdrop to the story. The entire story is about Jesus.
  • Jesus tramples his enemies – Jesus rules over creation – Jesus saves his own.

33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

  • This is what happens when Jesus does his work – we have church and we worship.
  • Notice that it is not just Peter who makes this confession – all of them say it.

Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret

34 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.

  • A small plain located on the West side of the Sea of Galilee.
  • After feeding the 5,000, Jesus’ disciples crossed over the Sea of Galilee to Bethsaida, then crossed back again and came to land at Gennesaret.

35 And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent around to all that region and brought to him all who were sick

  • Word spreads; the works of Jesus are recognized.
  • They brought him the sick – Jesus never needed to go searching for people in need.
  • If we look around, people in need are coming to us – do we notice?

36 and implored him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.

  • What was this touch? FAITH


  8 Responses to “The Weekend Word”

  1. “I wonder what is the significance of always going ‘up the mountain’.”

    The mountain symbolizes the Gospel. The valley symbolizes the Law.

    The mountain symbolizes our relationship with God. The valley symbolizes our relationships with our neighbors.

    We never bring the Law up the mountain.

  2. I think that this story of Jesus is central to the whole of scriptures. To repeat my comment finishing up v.32 – we see the work of Jesus in it’s entirety.

    “Jesus tramples his enemies – Jesus rules over creation – Jesus saves his own.”

  3. My reference in #2 – was to Jesus walking on the water. I thought I typed that in but I must have just been in a vision. 😉

  4. I want faith on steroids! 😉

  5. Hope the new year brings blessings beyond measure to all here. Love you

  6. “In the OT, the sea was the enemy of God – In the sea was the home of Leviathan — The Beast”

    The sea also symbolizes chaos/disorder.

    One other passage that supplements your teaching is Revelation 21:1:

    “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.”

    In the new earth, there will be no sea, perhaps symbolizing the end of chaos, or, if you will, all of God’s enemies.

  7. Jean, I think you have it. If we watch closely and pay attention as we read, we find a few passages that enlighten the whole. This passage explains the gospels and another (which I think many miss) is Revelation 5 gives us the clue as to how The Book of Revelation is to be read.

  8. i’ll stay out of the gambol in the last book of the N.T., but…
    it occurred to me to wonder on “going up the mountain”… the Law (the basic 10) came down from the top of a mountain … God’s Book is so thorough that it’s almost supernatural… 🙂

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