5.30.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 118. Fear?

Matthew 8:27 says this: “The men were amazed, and said, ‘What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?'”

Yes, that probably would have been my reaction as well. Amazement. Sheer unbelief that this actually happened…yet, it did. Jesus calmed the seas and silenced the winds.

Through the entire length of Jesus’ earthly ministry, His disciples were continually amazed to learn more about Him. Learning that He could immediately calm a storm by telling it to stop causes them to marvel and ask, “What kind of man is this?” They were shocked to learn that even the wind and waves of nature obeyed His voice.

Mark’s report of this same event (Mark 4:35–41) makes it clear that this marveling at Jesus was less about wonder and more about fear. As the disciples realized that this man in their boat could command the sea and the sky, they may have been afraid to be near so much power.

The fact that they asked this question shows that the disciples did not yet understand Jesus to be the Son of God with all of God’s authority at His command. They may have believed Him to be the Messiah in the sense that He had real power and was destined to be king over Israel, but they had not yet grasped who He truly was.

They were about to see yet another demonstration of His authority over demons. Once again, Jesus’ power and the cost of following Him would inspire others to fear.

Fear more than amazement. I have never looked at it that way but I see it now. Fear of being in the presence of such power. Totally understandable now that I think about it.

Do you feel the same way? Would you feel the same way?

4 Comments

  1. Bruce B on May 30, 2021 at 10:56 am

    In the text from today’s devotional today, it says: Mark’s report of this same event (Mark 4:35–41) makes it clear that this marveling at Jesus was less about wonder and more about fear. As the disciples realized that this man in their boat could command the sea and the sky, they may have been afraid to be near so much power.

    I recall once that the daughter of a woman who was visiting my church was healed from a hearing disability. The woman was concerned. “What will I do now”, she said. Obviously it was that spirit of fear!

    How many times have we prayed, and had our prayer come to pass, but we say to others “I can’t believe the Lord answered my prayer”! I’m guilty of it. What are we afraid of? Sometimes there is comfort in our discomfort!

    Lord help us to realize that FEAR is just “F”alse “E”vidence “A”ppearing “R”eal

  2. Peggy F on May 30, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Psalm 27:1
    ” The Lord is my light and my salvation:
    Whom shall I fear?
    The Lord is the defense of my life:
    Whom shall I dread?”

  3. Margaret K on May 30, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

    • Suzanne Robinson on June 4, 2021 at 5:47 pm

      Exactly !!

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