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Scripture: Mark 4:35-41

35On that day, when evening had come, [Jesus] said to [the disciples], “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd, they took Him with them in the boat, just as He was. And other boats were with Him. 37And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38But He was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39And He awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey Him?”

 

 

Thrust: Look for God in the storm; He will bring you safely to shore.

 

1. Purpose in the Storm

The heartache and the thousand natural shocks …
That flesh is heir to …
~ Hamlet: To be or not to be, Act III, Scene 1, Lines 63-64

In this world you will have trouble … (John 16:33)

You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. (Gen 50:20)

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on Me… to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. (Isa 61:1, 3)

The right thing to do: Stop, Look, Listen and Learn

He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when He was alone with His own disciples, He explained everything. (Mark 4:34)

We have never seen anything like this! (Mark 2:12)

… a great windstorm arose (Mark 4:37)

  • lailaps – storm, tidal waves, billows
  • anemou – wind, wind from four corners
  • megale – big, gigantic, colossal

Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. (Mt 8:24)

But He [Jesus] was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher do You not care that we are perishing? (Mark 4:38)

 

2. Protection Through The Storm

God specializes in impossibilities.

“Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you … and Sarah shall have a son.” (Gen 18:14)

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (Jer 32:27)

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. (Isa 59:1)

For with God nothing will be impossible. (Luke 1:37)

Jesus Spoke to the Storm

  • rebuke (eipen) 
  • quiet (siopao = made dumb)
  • Be still (phimoo = muzzle)

… it was completely calm (Mt 8:26)

… the storm subsided, and all was calm (Lk 8:24)

… the wind died down and it was completely calm (Mk 4:39)

Jesus Spoke to the Disciples

Why are you SO afraid? Have you still no faith? (Mk 4:40)

Why are you afraid, O you of little faith? (Mt 8:26)

Where is your faith? (Lk 8:25)

Supernatural Protection

  • Boat stayed afloat
  • Disciples set foot on shore

1They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. 2And… Jesus… stepped out of the boat. (Mk 5:1-2)

 

The Challenge

  1. Storms are inevitable.
  2. God has a purpose in the storm.
  3. God will protect us in the storm.

 

 

By: Rev. Peter Lui

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