Mark 4c Notes

Mark4c (vs35-41)                                      Notes



35 On that day, when evening had come


long, hard day -- as usual -- perhaps this one even more so,   with extensive teaching


he said, "Let us go across to the other side."


intent to move on. another meeting lay ahead. A request   & a promise. 1&2


36 And leaving the crowd,


saying good-bye, their time together had come to an end --   at least for now.


they took him with them in the boat,


The fisher's conveyance -- their business to conduct it, He   the passenger.


just as he was.


W/o returning to shore for provisions. Any extra cloak or   food -- all left behind.


And other boats were with him.


no alone. other friends share in this journey and peril   (and great miracle).


37 And a great windstorm arose,


Caught in this due to their obedience! Common to have   sudden storms here.


and the waves were breaking into the boat


Such wind that water crashed over the edge of the boat...


so that the boat was already filling.


and filled the small vessel with water. capsizing an   imminent threat


38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion


weary, the passenger needs rest. So tired -- asleep amid   the storm. Not worried. 3


And they woke him and said to him,


Why wake Him? Perhaps He could help with the ship. Or at   least ready to swim.


"Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?"


Care? not worried, but of course He cares.


Perishing? their destruction that certain? 4


39 And He awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea,


Aware of their plight & need for help. He directly   addresses the source of the trouble.


"Peace! Be still!"


"Hush, Silence, Cease Talking!"


"Be Muzzled (unable to speak)!"


And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.


"The sea sank to rest as if exhausted by its   own beating" (Vincent).  & was   tranquil.


40 He said to them, "Why are you so afraid?"


Not the storm, but unbelief that disturbs Jesus. The   source of their fear. & ours.


"Have you still no faith?"


Not small, but NO faith. Don't believe at all -- that He   can do ALL things. 5


41 And they were filled with great fear


More than the terror of death on the sea. A greater fear   gripped them. The unknown. 6


and said to one another, "Who then is this,


In view of what just happened, Who can this man really be?


that even the wind and the sea obey Him?"


The unpredictable, untamable, insurmountable forces of   nature listen. 7



1 Sea of Galilee: 8x13 miles, 5 miles across here, 64 sq miles, max 141' deep, average depth: 84'. largest fresh water in Israel. lowest freshwater lake on earth -- 700' below sea level.


2 The promise: "We will cross to the other side." Not die in the Sea of Galilee.


3 Jesus at other times urges the disciples to watch & pray. He does so Himself. Now is the time to rest. There is the watch of faith & the rest of faith.


4 Gripped by the fear of every fisherman on the water: the certainty of storm and the possibility of drowning. Their greatest nemesis here seemed to be hovering close, about to become reality. They did not ask for help, but protested the Lord's apparent lack of sharing in their concern.


5 How to have NO faith:

  1. Miss      the promise to reach the other side. Questioning His word.
  2. Accuse      the Lord of lack of concern for them. Doubting His care.
  3. Forget      the big picture: He IS the Messiah. Unreasonable for Him to die here.
  4. YOU      STILL -- of all people, having seen & heard so much from Him. All that      evidence did not yield proper result.


6 Poisoned hearts are plagued by fear. Fear when tempest rages. Fear when it is gone. Always finding something to worry about. Never at rest, at peace.


7 The answer is evident: He is Yahweh, the Lord of Heaven and Earth. The mind resists the obvious truth, not willing to accept the ramifications of such a fact.


NOTE: "In the span of a few moments, the disciples saw both the complete humanity of Jesus and the fullness of His deity. They saw Jesus for who He is: truly man and truly God." (David Guzik)


notes by David Teel II Friday, March 14, 2014