Study Notes on Matthew 14:22-33
Jesus Walks on Water
This account was also reported in Mark 6 and John 6.
- God sometimes puts us in trying circumstances to help us learn something. Like the disciples, sometimes we have to go against waves and boisterous winds in life. But take heart! for God will help us overcome them, as long as we turn to Him and call on Him to help us.
- Such circumstances help us to learn to rely on God.
- Jesus always comes to us in the storms of life. Here, we are reminded of the words of God to Isaiah: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you” (Isaiah 43:2).
- The Lord may not come at the time we think He should come, because He knows when we need Him the most. Jesus had waited until the boat was as far from land as possible, at a time when His disciples were all exhausted.
- Jesus walked on water to show His disciples that the very thing they feared – the sea that was seething with rage, was merely a set of steps for Him to come to them.
- Often we fear and are stumbled by the difficult experiences of life such as illness, loss of loved ones, and financial hardships only to discover that these experiences can bring Jesus closer to us.
- Jesus is a man of prayer. He seeks God prayerfully and spends time alone with Him.
- Know that God is infinite and cannot be bound by our imagination or even be confined to a particular place, He is omnipresent!
- Though He is God Almighty, yet He is so approachable as He hears our prayers when we call out to Him.
- The disciples underestimated the power of Jesus Christ. Know that our Lord is always with us. He always responds immediately when we cry out to Him. God will bring us through the storm.
- Fear and faith cannot live in the same heart, for fear frequently blinds the eyes to the presence of the Lord.
- Do not doubt the very presence of The Lord. Peter was not reprimanded for doubting the power of Jesus, but rather, for his little faith.
- The nature knew well Jesus Christ is The Lord. He has authority over nature. Unlike in Matthew 8, Jesus Christ didn’t have to command the storm to die, once He stepped into the boat, the storm quietened down. In the old times, the Jews believe that anyone who can command and control nature is a sign of God’s authority in the biblical record.
- Jesus proved Himself to be in command of the elements, something only God can do.
- Earlier in Matthew 8:27, the disciples asked “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him.” Here they answer their own question: “Truly you are the Son of God.”
- When we recognize Jesus’ works, thereby learning more of His character, the appropriate response is to worship Him. This will deepen our relationship of faith with the Lord we love.
- Matthew here, is not trying to tell us about how powerful Jesus is. Rather, he is emphasizing on placing our faith in Jesus.
- Peter was not testing Jesus. His action was in reaction to his faith in Jesus.
- Jesus approved Peter’s show of faith. Likewise, He will approve our show of faith. He says “Come”. Peter imitates JC, he trusts JC his Lord. However, once he took his focus off Jesus, and noticed the boisterous waves around him, he became afraid and started to sink. Likewise, we must not take our eyes off Jesus, and may we not be distracted by the circumstances that surrounds us. Instead of relying on ourselves, we must rely on the sustaining power of Jesus our Lord. Whenever we are sinking, call out to Jesus.
- Once again, the word “immediately” appears in verse 31. Unless it is not His will to do so, but be assured that God’s timing is always right.
Other places in the Bible that illustrates The Lord walks on water
- “Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.” (Job 9:8 KJV)
- “Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.” (Habakkuk 3:15 KJV)
As soon as we have finished our study, the door popped open, and there was Isaac carrying Baby E, and walking in with her. Baby E enjoyed it so much, she was beaming with joy!
During the entire 1 hour away from me, tucked into the adjacent room, with myriad of colourful stimulating toys and great company, Baby E did not exhibit any separation anxiety. That allowed me to have a “waveless” session of quiet bible study. Thank God and praise Him for His goodness!
When we were discussing and collating petitions and thanksgiving to bring to The Lord, Baby E the little lamb was well-loved by our bible study facilitator, Aunty Judy.
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