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April 26, 2016

Tuesday

 

Matthew 8:26

 

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm

 

 

LESSON

 

Jesus did not rebuke His disciples for disturbing Him but for failing to trust Him as they should have. He said they had “little faith”. Wherever Matthew used this word in his Gospel, it always reflects a failure to see below the surface of things. Faith in Messiah and fear are mutually exclusive. Therefore the disciples should not have been “timid” or “afraid”. Even though the disciples believed Jesus could help them, they did not grasp that He was the Messiah who would die a sacrificial death for their sins. How could the divine Messiah whom God had sent die in a storm before He had finished His messianic work? It was impossible.

The life of discipleship is susceptible to bouts of little faith. Such little faith is not to be condoned. Nevertheless, Jesus does not abandon his disciples at such times but stands ever ready with his saving power to sustain them so they can in fact discharge the mission he has entrusted to them.

The disciples expected help, but they were unprepared for the kind of deliverance Jesus provided. It was a much greater salvation than they hoped for. “The sea became perfectly calm. His disciples who were seasoned fishermen had been through storms on this sea that had suddenly ceased. But after the wind would pass, the waves would continue to chop for a while.

Jesus’ ability to calm the wind and water with a word made it clear that He had greater powers than these disciples had witnessed previously. This storm served to make their faith stronger.

 

Memory Verse: Nahum 1:7

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