One day the disciples were in a little bitty boat in the midst of a great big storm.  Other boats were with them. (Mk. 4:36) So there were the disciples (and others) in the midst of the sea – the wind was blowing, the waves were breaking, the disciples were scared and the Lord was – asleep.  Finally, fearing for their lives, they exclaim, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (Mk. 4:38)  Jesus awoke, rebuked the wind and said to the sea “Peace!  Be still!”  (v. 39)   And there was a “great calm.”

I find it interesting that to create peace, Jesus had to “rebuke” the wind.  He also on one occasion “rebuked” a fever. (Lk 4:39) Someone typically “rebukes” something that is out of line, correct?  Here the Creation, being under the curse/bondage, was “out of order.” (Gen. 3:17; Ro.8:19-22) Consequently, the Lord addressed it.  While both wind and fevers have valuable functions (fevers fight infection; waves stabilize temperatures, increase adaptability and strength in sea creatures, etc.), sometimes they get out of hand and can cause harm.  In such cases, they are “out of order” and in need of “rebuking.”

Friends, our Lord did not come to die at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee, but vicariously upon a Cross.  Thank God for that! May you find the peace that resides only in Him.

Les Bonnett

 

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Peace Be Still – Mark 4:35-41

July 24, 2019

07/24/2019

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