During the Storm - Part 2
HALF-HEARTED TRUST Page
** Like last time, there has been a supernatural demonstration
by the Lord just prior to this event taking place. Do you recall what
Jesus fed the multitudes from just five loaves and two fish. Some twenty
to twenty-five thousand people, when you include the women and children!
HIS DIVINE AUTHORITY
V.22 ** What took place "immediately" after the disciples
had gathered up the twelve full baskets of left over food?
Jesus "made the disciples get into the boat, and go ahead of Him
to the other side".
** Where is this "other side"?
They were to go to Capernaum. (cf. John 6:17,24 with Mark 6:45 - Bethsaida,
a small fishing village outside of Capernaum)
cf. John 1:44 (Bethsaida) with Mark 1:29 (Capernaum)
** Why would Jesus have to use His divine authority and "make"
the disciples leave?
After two years with Jesus, at this point, and after just witnessing
the supernatural creation of food to feed so many, there was no way
that the disciples wanted to leave the side of Jesus.
** Who else was to obey the authority of Jesus?
The multitudes! One ordinary man is not likely to disperse a crowd
of some twenty-five thousand who liked getting free food and wanted
to make Him their new king (even by force)!
cf. John 6:15
V.23 ** Even though Jesus Christ has all divine authority, what
pattern does He give us to follow after He had sent the multitudes away?
"...He went up to the mountain by Himself to pray"
** What do you think He was praying about?
Perhaps; the welfare of His disciples, the lostness of the multitudes,
the need for restored fellowship with His Father, or possibly just to
avoid the temptation of becoming their king.
cf. Luke 4:6-8,13
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