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Mark 4:35-41

In Mark 4:35–41, Jesus crosses the Sea of Galilee with his disciples. It is the first of four crossings (Mark 4:35–41, 5:21, 6:45–52, and 8:13). Jesus is teaching and ministering on both sides of the Sea of Galilee, among Jews and Gentiles. The two longest passages, today’s reading and the story of walking on the water in chapter 8, are linked by a common theme: Jesus’ power over the sea and wind. In both, the disciples fear and wonder about Jesus.

After a long day of teaching Jesus leaves the multitude to cross the Sea of Galilee to Gentile territory with his disciples. Other boats accompanied the journey. Mark does not tell us who was in them and does not mention the other boats again. One possibility is that Mark is providing credibility. Others had been on the sea that day and can testify to the storm and sudden calm. Another possibility is that Mark is expanding the story to include all people who experience life’s storms, not just Jesus’ disciples.

The storm arose quickly, as storms still do in that area. Details paint the picture clearly in our minds. Waves “beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped” (v. 37). Jesus was “in the stern, asleep on the cushions” (v. 38).

In fear of their lives, the disciples wake Jesus with phrases that contradict one another. On the one hand, they call him “teacher,” showing respect, loyalty, and devotion. On the other hand, they question his loyalty and devotion to them: “Do you not care…?” (v. 38).

The contrast between Jesus resting in trust and the disciples struggling with fear and confusion speaks to the hearer about the nature of faith in God. The violence of the storm may recall the watery chaos preceding creation in Genesis 1:2. God took control of that stormy chaos and brought about order.

Psalm 89:9 and Job 38:8–11, as well as other passages in the Hebrew Scriptures, repeat the assurance that God controls nature and can bring calm and order. Mark affirms Jesus as God’s Son by relating how Jesus, as God’s agent, also commands natural forces, and brings order.

Like the episodes of exorcising demons, Jesus “rebukes” the wind and commands the sea to be silent and calm. His words are translated as “Peace! Be still!” in the NRSV Bible. The original Greek words were strong and powerful, echoing with authority. With that same authority, Jesus then turns and rebukes the disciples for their lack of trust and their fear.

Ironically, Jesus’ power over the storm does not dispel their fear. The scene ends with the disciples still fearful— this time of Jesus himself. That fear resurfaces in the coming scene, when Jesus walks to them on the waves. They still do not understand who Jesus is.

Those who heard the Gospel of Mark were similarly challenged to declare their trust and confidence in the Son of God, rather than retreat in fear when storms come. Jesus’ power is always greater than the storm for those who believe and trust. But the closing question in Mark 4:41 continues to haunt Jesus’ followers today: “Who is this, that even the wind and sea obey him?”

 

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Sunday School,  9:45 AM

 

Worship Service, 10:45 AM

 

Pot Luck Dinner on 2nd  Sundays  (Next: Sept. 9th)

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Men's Prayer Breakfast,  8:30 AM
 

Tuesday

Women's Bible Study  Group 
9:00 AM 2nd and 4rth Wks
 

Wednesday

Prayer & Testimony Service, 7:00 PM

   

 Coming Events:

 

Aug. 26: Pastor & CFO
    Gathering @ Topeka

 

Sept. 8:  LDS Seeker Class,
    John Wight  @ Topeka

 

 

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June 24–29: Doniphan
  Reunion

July 5–7: Youth Quest

July 8–13: Chihowa Reunion

July 18–20: International 
  Youth Forum

July 21–28: Spectacular

July 22–27: MITIOG

July 29–Aug 2: Junior Camp

 

   

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