Our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrates His divine mastery over creation by walking upon the very water of the sea of Galilee in the midst of a storm. The passage in Matthew seems to suggest that the event was deliberate, that the Lord intended to find them in the midst of a storm tossed about as He approached them on the water.
“O ye heavens, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him for ever.
O ye angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him for ever.
O all ye waters that be above the heaven, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him for ever.”
The scene takes on significance as we take in the enormity of what it implies. This event coupled with the entire witness of Scripture, demonstrates that God, creator of heaven and earth is not in those things which He created, He transcends creation and commands the elements. They obey Him, nature and its laws are His to command or suspend.
“O ye sun and moon, bless ye the Lord: praise and exult him above all for ever.
O ye stars of heaven, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
O every shower and dew, bless the Lord: praise and exalt him for ever.”
It is the witness of the apostle John in the first chapter of his Gospel who boldly states: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him nothing was made that was made.” This testimony along with the wisdom of proverbs 8 verses 23ff state:
“The Lord created me in the beginning of His ways for His works; He established me in the beginning before time, before He made the earth, and before He made the abysses, before the going forth of the fountains of the waters, before the mountains were created; And He begot me before all hills. The Lord made the fields and the uninhabited places and the inhabited heights under heaven. When He prepared heaven, I was present with Him, and when He set apart His throne upon the winds. When He made strong things above the clouds, and made sure the fountains under heaven, and made strong the foundations of the earth, I was working beside Him; I was He in whom He rejoiced; daily and continually I was gladdened by His face…”
The person of Wisdom in Proverbs was established by the Father over His works; for the Father made all things through wisdom. For Wisdom is the Word and Son of the Father, He is the Begotten of God before all time.
“O all ye winds, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all forever.
O ye fire and heat, blessed the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all forever.
O ye winter and summer, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all forever.”
The storm and the raging of the sea also speak of fallen humanity. Psalm 2 asks, “Why do the heathen so furiously rage together?” The implication is that they are as unstable as water itself. In their emotional frenzy they are equally tempestuous and destructive as the storm. Blown upon by the winds of unholy doctrines, the Lord has mastery over them as well able to use their energies for His ultimate glory.
So we take courage when the world rages! The one who made the eye, He is able to see; the one who planted the ear, He too has ears to hear. Jesus is Lord of the Heaven and Earth, He is King of the Storm, Winds and the waves obey Him, It is He who called Peter out upon the water, and when he began to sink it is He who saved him from its unruly depths.
“O ye lightnings and clouds, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
O ye seas and rivers, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
O ye fountains, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all for ever.”
“And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught Him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’”
Praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
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