Pastor Scott Olin, Washington
And straightway he
constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side
before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the
people. And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to
pray. And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the
sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing;
FOR THE WIND WAS CONTRARY unto them: and about the forth watch of the
night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by
them. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it
had been spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were
troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, be
of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the
ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond
measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves:
for their heart was hardened. Mark 6:45-52.
Everything in the word of
God applies to us. EVERYTHING! The scripture has been given to us
to learn what to, and what not to do.
In vs. 45 Jesus has just sent his men
over before him to the other side. He Himself had every intention of
joining them. They were on their way to Bethsaida. The word Bethsaida means, "Fishing
house." Great picture!
Here the King of Glory
clearly reveals His intention, and His heart. He's on His way to a place
that references fish. That's who He is today. He is consistently moving
toward those places that have fish. And He has commanded us to do the
same thing. As He is, so should we should always be moving toward places in
this world to catch fish.
This story is intriguing
to me because of this one line in vs. 48,
"... for the wind was contrary unto them."
A fact or condition incompatible with another. In a manner
opposite of what is usual or expected.
Now, these guys had
fished these waters for years. They knew where the fish were, and when
they were there. They understood the currents and the wind patterns.
If anyone knew this body
of water, it was these fisherman. And yet the
scripture says that this wind was contrary unto them. Question: Is
there a wind blowing from heaven that is unlike what we've experienced in the
past? Is it a wind that is contrary to us? Does this wind feel like
it is opposing us at times? Now remember, Jesus was set on Bethsaida. That's where He
was set to go. Matter of fact, vs. 48 says that if these guys hadn't
cried out, He, Jesus, would have passed them by. He was then
and is today set on going to where the fish are! He longs for us to go as
well. But He has given us free choice. We can either get on board
with what He's doing, or sit on the sideline, but Jesus is going fishing!
So it's clear what His
intentions were. He was going to the ''Fishing house" but the
disciples were struggling with this storm.
Question: Where did
this storm come from? I mean was it natural,
spiritual? Was it an attack from the enemy? Or, is
it possible that God had something to do with this?
You have to go back and
read Ps. 107:23-27. It very clearly reveals the character of our
Father. In short that passage says that God sends storms to get the
attention of those that He loves. Does He do that today?
Has He changed in character? Yes we are living in grace, but the
nature of God has never, and will never change.
Wear this loosely, but
I believe that the storm came from God. Here's why. If you read the
account in John 6, the bible says that as Jesus got into the boat, that
not only did the storm stop, but immediately the boat was on dry
land, or at the place that they were headed. Now, that's not
natural, and it's not to probable that the devil
is going to support anything that Jesus is doing. I
believe that this is a supernatural moment. Also, Jesus just steps into the
boat and the wind stops. In Mark 4, there is another
storm. In this storm Jesus spoke to, and rebuked
what was going on. I'm not sure that the Son of God would stand
against anything that the Father is doing. As a matter a fact, the
bible says in John 8:29, Jesus speaking,
" I do always those things that
please Him, (The Father.) I think it's quite possible that this
particular storm came from heaven. Why? Before we get into that,
let me point out a few things. Let's suppose that this storm did come
O.K. Then why does the
bible say that the disciples were fighting against it? Vs 48, "He
saw them toiling in rowing;"
Now if this was God, why
were the disciples fighting against it? Answer? Simple: They
didn't know it was God. But we do the same thing from time to time. We
get caught in something and are convinced if we don't get out, we're are going' go down. We don't even consider
stopping and asking the Lord what's going on. In this story this storm
came to do something. It came to reveal the hearts of the
disciples. Jesus wanted to take them to
the next step, but first He needed to deal with some heart stuff. It's
the same with us. Anything that opposes us, is painful to us, that is uncomfortable, we chalk up to a storm. I
have always wondered what Jesus saw. I mean, the disciples
saw a storm. They saw something that could quite possibly pull them
under, for good. But what did Jesus see? What was this
incident all about?
Well the scripture says
that as Jesus came into this little boat, that the wind
ceased. It also says: “they were sore amazed in themselves beyond
measure, and wondered." Here is
what we needed to get to. Vs. 52 "For they considered not the
miracle of the loaves, for their heart was hardened." Let's recap and see
what we've got so far. Jesus is looking for
fish. He has sent his men ahead of him. But he knows about this
hard heart thing. His mission and passion is to release these guys into
the world, to do the same stuff He Himself is doing. Yet, He needs to
deal with this issue of "hard hearts." So, here comes the
storm. Jesus sent them knowing the storm was coming up, and
in my opinion, knowing who sent it. Again, the word says storm.
What did Jesus see? If you read Johns account, it was the
storm that got them to the other side in the first place!
Here's the problem.
Vs.51, "They were sore amazed!" WHY? Jesus had just fed 5000 men,
not counting woman and children. They had seen him do so much in the time
they had been with him. Heal, cast out critters, raise the dead and open
blind eyes, and so many other things. Why were they surprised at
They shouldn't have been
surprised at anything they saw. That seemed to concern Jesus. The bible says
they were sore amazed because they had not considered the miracle of the
loaves. The reason they had not considered the loaves was because their
hearts were hard. I believe that Jesus is longing to see His
people live in an expectation of what He is going to do. My hard heart
will keep me from living there. He longs for the church to once again
begin to experience the power and authority that the first century church lived
and walked in. My hard heart will not allow me to do that.
I believe that he wanted
to release his disciples in a new and fresh way to imitate all He Himself was
doing, but knew until their hearts were softened, that was not possible.
These men, like us today, needed to walk in the expectation of what Jesus was doing, and what He
had called them to do. They were amazed because they didn't know how to
walk in expectation of what He could do. They were unable to because
of their hard heart. It keeps me from living on the level that Jesus needs me to be.
That windy day was all about the Father revealing the hearts of His men so as
to take them further on in the journey with His Son Jesus.
The King of Glory wants
us to be expectant every day we get up, and every time we gather in his
name. His Kingdom is not just about word, but power. I Cor. 4:20 He longs to show Himself
strong through His body. How can He do that if we don't believe that
He'll do the same things today that He did back then? I need to expect
the unexpected. I need to believe the unbelievable. I need to live
in a supernatural mindset.
The storm that the disciples
fought against, will we do that also?
Let me challenge you with
this: The next time you are in a storm, take a moment and ask the Lord: "OK,
is this you Father? Or is it satan, or simply
¨ If it's satan, you have authority over him.
¨ If circumstances, then Jesus will give wisdom to deal
¨ If it's God, then maybe
He's trying to reveal something to you that needs to change.
If we don't live in the
word of God and consider, meditate, chew on all the miracles of yesterday and
the power of our Lord, we to may end up with a hard heart, and not
live in the expectation that He wants us to.
Are you in a storm today? They often come to reveal my heart.
What's the Spirit of God saying to you, about you?
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