by Christina Farris
45 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.
46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.
48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.
49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:
50 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.
51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.
52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.
53 And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.
54 And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,
55 And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.
56 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole. How many signs and wonders does God have to do for man for man to believe. I question that even in myself, why because it was when the pain was gone I knew my Lord had touched me, though I had receive even greater miracles in my life, the pain being gone was instant. When I read scripture that even the disciples had trouble dealing with all the miracles that Jesus performed in regards to belief an amazement, I truly think I get it. See that very day they climb aboard the ship to cross to another shore, Jesus had fed the five thousand we read. Disciples had been traveling with Jesus for a time, and yet miracles were not fully comprehended, because their hearts were harden. Yet Jesus calmed the wind at sea, and then Jesus walks on water and passes by their ship startling the disciples that were at night watch, they thought Jesus was a ghost, and no Jesus tells them to not be afraid it was him, yet not until Matthew 14 account is told do we see Peter who desire to walk on water as well, that tells the fully story of the event of Jesus walking on water. How Jesus calmed the waves when Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and began to sink. Jesus lifts him up. Mark does not tell this part why because he desiring to point out something else. He is pointing out the harden hearts of the disciples after the feeding of the five thousand as well as the belief of city that they enter and seen Jesus and the disciples departing the ship, they began to gather their sick and lay them in the pathway that Jesus hem of his garment might just touch them and they would be healed.
Chapter 6 of Mark is a long chapter but if we back up to the woman held of issue of blood, we understand that the hem of Jesus was all it took for her faith to heal her, and the city remember this healing, and the people began to gather all to be healed. There hearts were not harden to the miracle of Jesus. How long had disciples seen the works of God that faith had to spring a new in their hearts once more and they were with Jesus.
I not sure why God hardens man's heart or allows man's heart to be harden, but perhaps if we all received the same blessing immediate of faith, there be no one to calm the crowd. The jack rabbit of faith, the miracle run of the energizer bunny who was healed and needs to tell their story. The point being with one miracle it going to spread if the heart is not harden, calmed by God. It is the miracle that causes that energize bunny to keep running through hoops praising God, for his blessing without ceasing, not the faith alone. Disciple had not received necessarily their own miracle. Peter mother in law was healed, but it did not cause the continuation of bringing people to Jesus as the first had. No do not think Peter did preach, teach and bring people to Jesus, I sure he did, but he was harden in faith, yet with walking on water he would be spurred on in faith, because he had taken his eyes off of Jesus and began to sink, when he seen the storm around him. When he cried out to Jesus, Jesus reached out and lifted Peter up. It easier for Mark to say the disciples heart was harden then to tell the whole story. Yet when disciples heard what happened to John the Baptist they went into a private place in the desert to talk. The reality of their faith might cause their death had reach not only their ears but their heart. Yet the close of Mark 6 you see the victory because people were coming to see Jesus and disciples were still with him.
God wants to give a boost in our faith, not just a one time boost but many boost of faith, whether it healing of another, healing within our own body, the calm of the storm, the ability to do more then we thought possible, and to strength us so we can carry our cross to the end. Many of us right now wonder can we carry the cross to the end of our journey, as church have had to reorgainize themselves to adjust to the pandemic. Some church with enough finance to function through the pandemic worry little and others having to find other ways to meet the needs of their people. Yet God's word is going forth.
What is my point, we have to learn not to be harden to faith, or to question what we can not preceive as being a work of God, until we see Jesus standing before us holding out his hand and saying keep your eyes on me, that part of the discipline of faith. We get to melon collie because of the miracles in others, we forget to keep our eyes focus on Jesus. Disciples seen to much to not believe but harden to the miracles that were spurring on more faith. Their gaze not on Jesus until Jesus past by and scared them in the night watch. It sometimes takes Jesus startling us for us to understand we need to not be watching for the storms but keeping our focus on Jesus.
Mark 6 shows us how easy it is to go from faith to failing in faith and focus because of hardness or blindness of the work God is doing in our own life. Church can be boring, reading the Bible can be boring at times, that is life. the prayer closet so to speak can seem dry, but truth is Jesus wants to keep us feed to the point our cup is overflowing, the miracles are real in us so we can continue on in our journey. When the last time you wrote a list of miracles Jesus as done for you, your family and friends to hold to the knowledge Jesus is still with us and doing the work in each of our life. The revival spirit of Jesus still goes forth with works of faith, of prayer and dedication to the mission of faith. Hold to the faith in Jesus for our journey is not over tell the trumpet sounds. Then the celebration is only just beginning. Remember faith is more then the hem of the garment being touch but the continuation of faith.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us in our journey to move forward in faith looking and focusing our eyes on Jesus. Knowing that the miracles will come and go but our focus needs to be on the prize, and celebration with Jesus. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Matthew 14:25-32 KJV
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.