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LEISURE and PASTIMES

March 22, 2017

Wednesday

 

Mark 4:38

 

Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

 

 

LESSON

 

The Sea of Galilee was susceptible to sudden violent storms because of its geography. Jesus was probably sleeping on a seat, “in the stern” of the boat, that had a “cushion” on it. The fact that Jesus could sleep in such a storm shows His physical exhaustion, another indication of His full humanity. The disciples did not yet fully appreciate who Jesus was. They did not like the fact that Jesus appeared to be unconcerned about their safety. Their cry was a cry of distrust, but one often matched by believers today in difficult circumstances when they feel that the Lord has forsaken them.

 

The disciples should not have been fearful. Jesus had told them that they were going to the other side; He implied that they would arrive there. Second, He was with them; they would not die because He would not die before His time. Third, Jesus was sleeping peacefully and was not

afraid of the storm. Fourth, He had demonstrated compassion for them and the multitudes many times.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Peter 4:9
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.

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