5.26.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 114. The boat.

Matthew 8:23 says this, “When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.”

So, I wanted to start with this verse as we get into this story about what actually happens in this boat. But a few points about the boat.

Jesus climbs into the boat and they climb in after Him, beginning to set out on the water. This was probably another instance where Jesus chose to take some time away from the spotlight (Matthew 14:23; Luke 6:12). Since we find Him fast asleep in the following verses, He was likely quite tired.

A 2,000-year-old fishing boat was found in this region in 1986. That boat was about 26 feet long, or about 8 meters, and could hold 15 men. It may have included a single, simple sail. This boat may have been similar to the boat used in this passage.

This body of water is relatively shallow, and the hills around it are steep. This lends itself to extreme changes in wind and weather. Calm seas can become choppy and dangerous quickly, which is what apparently happens during this trip (Matthew 8:24).

So before we get into the trip, think about this scene. Jesus, tired, gets into a boat. The other dudes around Him get in as well and they push off. They don’t know what’s about to happen but they go. As with most of the journey’s with Jesus, they don’t know what’s about to go down. They just go. They get in the boat and go.

Are we ready to get into the boat and go?


  1. Margaret K on May 26, 2021 at 12:52 am

    I’m ready to get into the boat and go with Jesus. As long as He’s in the boat, I will not fear the ride.

  2. Bruce B on May 26, 2021 at 6:20 am

    The disciples knew that they had to get into the boat because they would be “sunk” without Jesus.

    I want to step into that boat too!

    I wonder if it has. 24 hour buffet!

  3. Greg S on May 26, 2021 at 6:30 am

    I did follow Jesus into the boat but I didn’t see the storm coming and even though Jesus is right there next to me, I have felt that he was asleep and I was dealing with this alone. I know that when he wakes up, with a word he can calm the sea.

  4. Peggy F on May 26, 2021 at 10:57 am

    And, how many times in this ” journey” of life, have we stepped into ” the boat” , (situations and circumstances” ) and followed Jesus? I was given a scripture this morning, a very familiar scripture to me for all my ” journeys” with Jesus, Romans 8:28. ” And we know that all things, work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are the called, according to His purpose. .”

    For me this fits so perfectly with this story of the disciples getting into ” the boat” , to go , because, Jesus told them to. This is now, and has always been ” my anchor”, the firm foundation I have stood upon, when the waves and storms { of life} have threatened to overwhelm and swallow me . Seeing only the natural all around me, but ” knowing” , and ” believing” , that no matter what happens, I can ” know” that ” all things” ,…….. God is working together , for my good. Jesus, the Living Word ! is our anchor! our firm foundation and no
    matter where that boat we step in, will take us, we can ” trust” and ” surrender” to the One we are in the boat with.

    Once again, we come back to our ” action” part to ” surrender all “, trust, and obey !!!! Amen!

    • Suzanne Robinson on June 3, 2021 at 5:04 pm

      Inspirational !!!!!

  5. Carol B on May 26, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    One of the biggest times we had to let go and just let God lead us in that boat so to speak was when we moved. We retired early to come and help my Mom. Sold our house, moved this way. We weren’t sure how it was all going to work out but God did. We moved without health insurance and knowing what we were going to do. By blind faith we just came. God connected it all, made it happen. Every step of the way Gods timing was perfect. God knew what we needed as we needed it and provided along the way. Has it taken time to get settled yes. But God… God doesn’t call us to be successful. He just calls us to be faithful. Jesus guide my boat in life. Guide me. Help me keep our eye on you.

    • Suzanne Robinson on June 3, 2021 at 5:05 pm

      AMEN !!!!!

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