During the Storm - Part 2
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Just a note about the time of day, the Jewish day was divided
into three hour increments. Their evening was in two parts, the first
would be from 3:00 to 6:00 when Jesus had been feeding the crowd (V.15).
The second would have been nightfall, from 6:00 to 9:00, when Jesus was
HIS DIVINE KNOWLEDGE
V.24 ** How far out to sea were the disciples, by this time?
"...the boat was already many stadia away from the land..."
A "stadion" was about six hundred feet, but John tells us
that they had rowed out about three or four miles - 26 to 35 stadion.
cf. John 6:19
** As the night wares on, how are the guys doing not having Jesus with
Their boat was being "battered by the waves; for the wind was
** Was this an unusual storm, something strange to them?
No, remember from last time how we learned that the wind would race
down Mount Hermon, some 10,000 feet to the surface of the Sea of Galilee
and stir up the waves.
V.25 ** What time of night was it when Jesus came to them?
"...in the fourth watch of the night..."
Remember the three hour increments to the Jewish day? Well the first
watch was from six to nine (or the second evening), the second watch
was from nine to twelve, the third from twelve to three and the fourth
from three to six.
This is the dark of the night and in the middle of a storm!
** How in the world could Jesus find this little boat that was three
to four miles out at sea, in the all that darkness?
By His divine knowledge! (cf. Proverbs 5:21, 15:3)
HIS DIVINE PROTECTION
V.26 ** Besides being terrified by the wind and battered by the
waves, what new fear gripped them?
They thought they had seen "a ghost".
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