Mark Chapter Four part 5, A study of Mark 4:35 - 38 and Mark 4:39 - 41 featuring our Common Man's Commentary and study quiz

Mark 4:35 - 38

"That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, 'Let us go over to the other side.' Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, 'Teacher, don't you care if we drown?'" NIV translation

Can you imagine asking our Savior that question? We may not actually speak it but that type of question probably runs through our minds more than we want to admit. The disciples got scared in the storm and feared for their lives because they did not completely understand who Jesus was and that He was in charge of all things. They misunderstood the peace of Jesus (sleeping in the back of the boat) for lack of caring. Why didn't Jesus wake up and stop the storm as soon as it began (after all He is God)? The simple fact of the matter is that God allows the devil to tempt and to try our faith but He knows how much we can stand.

Mark 4:39 - 41

"He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! Be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, 'Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?' They were terrified and asked each other, 'Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!'" NIV translation

The mystery of nature and its control is introduced to the disciples. We often see amazing things happen and many give credit to some man made idea of "mother nature" but we see that everything is subject to Jesus. Nature obeyed His command and it left the disciples amazed at who He was. Jesus asked them the questions about their faith not to belittle them but to get them to see that the answer to all of their fears would be their faith in Him. Little did they know that when the boat landed on the shore they would see even greater things.

Mark Chapter Four Study Quiz