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Luke 8:25 – Even the Winds & Water Obey Him

23 May on New Testament   Tags: , , , , ,

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This has always been one of my favorite verses. Just imaging the disciples with giant eyes and mouths dropped in amazement after seeing Jesus stop a storm is a picture I can’t forget. By now Jesus had already performed some miracles, has pretty much already proven His deity and has gain the love of His disciples; which gave Him good reason to ask them “Where is your faith?” And He still finds a way to stun them with His amazing power. This verse clearly displays God’s power. It clearly shows that Jesus is God in the flesh. Only the God that created the earth & sky (Genesis 1:1-8) and parted the Red Sea (Ex 14:21-22) could stop a storm. This is a powerful verse about our powerful God, someone to have faith in and someone worth fearing. Gotta love it!

 And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”

– Luke 8:25

Commentary

NET Notes (Net.Bible.org)

tn Here δέ (de) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.

sn “Where is your faith?” The call is to trust God and realize that those who exercise faith can trust in his care.

sn The combination of fear and respect (afraid and amazed) shows that the disciples are becoming impressed with the great power at work in Jesus, a realization that fuels their question. For a similar reaction, see Luke 5:9.

sn Jesus’ authority over creation raised a question for the disciples about who he was exactly (“Who then is this?”). This verse shows that the disciples followed Jesus even though they did not know all about him yet.

Constable’s Notes (Net.Bible.org)

This section is quite similar to Mark’s account. Luke chose miracles that demonstrated Jesus’ power over nature, demons, and illness and death to show Jesus’ authority as the divine Savior. Again he stressed the powerful word of Jesus. These miracles also revealed Jesus’ compassion and willingness to save people in need.

Luke 8:24-25 – This time of testing was a challenge to the disciples’ faith in Jesus’ word (cf. Luke 8:13). They stopped believing momentarily. Their double address, “Master, Master,” showed their urgency. Jesus reminded them of their unbelief with His question. Luke recorded a milder rebuke than Mark did (Mark 4:40) perhaps showing that faith is a dynamic quality that grows and shrinks (cf. Luke 8:13-15). The disciples’ question showed their lack of perception of Jesus’ true identity (cf. Luke 9:20). They had believed that He was the Messiah, but they had thought of Him as their contemporaries did. Now they saw that He could perform works that only God could do (cf. Ps. 107:28-30). The disciples should have trusted in Jesus’ word.

Christians have often seen this storm as typical of the storms of life we encounter that threaten our faith (cf. James 1:6).

“The point of connection is not in the precise situation the disciples face in the boat, but in the feelings of helplessness they have about where Jesus has led them. Events in our lives sometimes leave us feeling at risk, whether it be in a job situation that calls us to take a stand, in the severe illness of a loved one, in an unexpected tragedy, or in the breakdown of a relationship. Any of these can be a storm in which we doubt God’s goodness. We may feel God has left us to fend for ourselves.”[260]

Experiencing deliverance in such situations should expand our appreciation for Jesus.

Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (Complete)

Christ’s business is to lay storms, as it is Satan’s business to raise them. He can do it; he has done it; he delights to do it: for he came to proclaim peace on earth.He rebuked the wind and the raging of the water, and immediately they ceased (Luke 8:24); not, as at other times, by degrees, but all of a sudden, there was a great calm.Thus Christ showed that, though the devil pretends to be the prince of the power of the air, yet even there he has him in a chain.

When our dangers are over, it becomes us to take to ourselves the shame of our own fears and to give to Christ the glory of his power. When Christ had turned the storm into a calm, then were they glad because they were quiet, Ps. 107:30. And then, (1.) Christ gives them a rebuke for their inordinate fear: Where is your faith? Luke 8:25. Note, Many that have true faith have it to seek when they have occasion to use it. They tremble, and are discouraged, if second causes frown upon them. A little thing disheartens them; and where is their faith then? (2.) They give him the glory of his power: They, being afraid, wondered. Those that had feared the storm, now that the danger was over with good reason feared him that had stilled it, and said one to another, What manner of man is this! They might as well have said, Who is a God like unto thee? For it is God’s prerogative to still the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, Ps. 65:7.

John Gill’s Exposition o the Bible

And he said unto them, where is your faith?…. That is, he said so to his disciples, who had professed faith in him, but now discovered very little:

and they being afraid, wondered; being filled with awful sense of his majesty, were amazed at his power and authority, in rebuking the wind and sea, which at once obeyed him, and were still:

saying one another; among themselves, privately:

what manner of man is this? for he commandeth even the winds and water; or the sea, as the Vulgate Latin. The Syriac version reads both, “the floods and the sea”;

and they obey him: according to Matthew, these words seem to be spoken by the men of the ship, the mariners; but here, according to Luke, they seem to be the words of the disciples; See Gill on “Mt 8:27” See Gill on “Mr 4:41.”

MacGarvey & Pendleton Commentary

Jesus’ complete lordship over the realm of nature made his disciples very certain of his divinity.

Henry Morris Bible Apologetics Commentary

(Technically on Luke 8:24) – there was a calm. How could Jesus control the sea? “The sea is his, and he made it (Ps 95:5). This is how! And what about the stormy wind? He “bringeth the wind out of his treasuries” (Ps 135:7). The, “He maketh the storm a calm” (Ps 107:29.

References

260 – Bock, Luke, pp. 237-38

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