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Trusting During the Storm - Part 1

THE ABSENCE OF TRUST            Page 3

V.24 ** What rather shocking event takes place next?

"...there arose a great storm in the sea..." The word translated 'storm' here is seismos, and literally means a 'shaking'. We get our terms like seismic or seismograph from this word.

** What was the impact on their little boat?

"...the boat was covered with the waves..." Mark adds "the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up". (4:37)

** Which sea is this?

The Sea of Galilee, on which they were going to travel from Capernaum to the other side. (V.5,18)

Matthew says "behold" because of the shocking and quick manner in which this storm develops. Mount Hermon to the north rises 9,200 feet above sea level, while the Sea of Galilee was some 600 feet below sea level. The result was, winds that would rush down the Jordan Valley were fierce and could create a devastating storm in minutes.

** What similarities do the storms of our life have with this "seismos"?

Our storms can come upon us suddenly, without warning and can shake us to our very core. They are fierce in their attack on our peace and can overwhelm us to the point that we think we are sinking in the sea of life!

** How was the Lord doing in the midst of this chaos?

"...but He Himself was asleep." Being exhausted in His humanness, Jesus was sleeping just before He was about to display His divine power!

V.25 ** How real was the storm around the disciples?

It was very real and apart from a miracle, these seasoned and professional fishermen were certain that they would die!

** How did they respond?

Absolute panic! "...they came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, 'Save us, Lord; we are perishing'".   Marks adds, "do You not care" we're perishing?

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