Walking on Water

In Mark 6:47-52, the disciples were out on a boat after being told by Jesus to go ahead of Him. He stayed back to pray on the mountain alone. So He was not in the boat. Mark makes it very clear if you didn’t see it the first time “and He was alone on the land.”

Out in the middle of the sea of Galilee as evening came the boat was being battered as they rowed because the wind was against them. From evening to around 3 in the morning their boat was in the storm. Maybe 6 hours or more fighting against the wind. Most of the disciples were fisherman so this was a storm they have experienced before. Mark doesn’t say if they were afraid.

No where in Mark does it say how Jesus was going to regroup with the disciples. I suppose since He told them to go ahead of Him they figured He would meet them after walking or taking another boat.

What they did not expect was to see Him walking on water. And once He got into the boat the wind ceased. They were terrified because they thought they were seeing a ghost. Man cannot walk on water or make the wind stop. God can. And since Jesus is God in flesh it should not be surprising to see Jesus do this.

After seeing the healing, demons leaving people, feeding the 5,000 they were still “completely astonished, because they had not understood about the loaves.” Why? “their hears were hardened.”

How can that be? The disciples with hardened hearts? Isn’t that why pharaoh wouldn’t let the Israelites leave Egypt? His hardened heart? The disciples had hardened hearts.

I wonder how I would be if in their shoes


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