Surprising Storms-Mark 4:35-41

Mark 4:35-41 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Marco 4:35-41 “In quello stesso giorno, alla sera, Gesù disse loro: «Passiamo all’altra riva». 36 E lasciata la folla, lo presero con sé, così com’era, nella barca. C’erano delle altre barche con lui. 37 Ed ecco levarsi una gran bufera di vento che gettava le onde nella barca, tanto che la barca già si riempiva. 38 Egli stava dormendo sul guanciale a poppa. Essi lo svegliarono e gli dissero: «Maestro, non t’importa che noi moriamo?»39 Egli, svegliatosi, sgridò il vento e disse al mare: «Taci, càlmati!» Il vento cessò e si fece gran bonaccia. 40 Egli disse loro: «Perché siete così paurosi? Non avete ancora fede? » 41 Ed essi furono presi da gran timore e si dicevano gli uni gli altri: «Chi è dunque costui, al quale persino il vento e il mare ubbidiscono?»
     This text indicates that Jesus intentionally set out for the other side of Galilee. He most likely needed to rest from the full day of ministry with the large crowds; but the people with boats still followed along. The disciples were skilled fishermen and able to manage the journey while Jesus slept. Crossing the shallow sea in the evening was somewhat questionable however because of the potential dangers. In this case, there suddenly arose a great windstorm. What is surprising is that Jesus could rest in the back of the vessel with the rocking of the boat and the enormous amount of water that flooded in.
     The experienced fishermen had never been in a storm like this and their fears of dying at sea were imminent. When they woke Jesus, it was not for help but to chastise Him for His apparent unconcern. When Jesus spoke, He addressed the wind in a rebuke and instructed the waves to be quiet. The words used here are ones that the disciples had heard before when Jesus delivered demonized people. It seemed Jesus knew the source of this storm was not just a natural occurrence that happened on the sea but rather had its origin in demonic power. When Jesus rebuked and commanded, these disciples knew their teacher had power even over the demonic forces of this world. The miraculous victories God brought about in the Old Testament now also had their authority in Jesus. In amazement, the disciples said “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
     Jesus used this occasion to rebuke not only the waves but also the disciples for not learning from the parables He had taught from earlier that day. Regardless of their origin, let us not fear the surprising storms in life because greater is He who is in us than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
Pray with me: Lord, as You teach me Your Word, help me to apply Your lessons to my life so when the storms of life take me by surprise, I will remain steady with my faith in You.

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