CARRIED IN THE BOW OF THE BOAT 7/01/09
When I was a grade schooler, I remember riding in the
bow of my Dad’s river boat. I would sit on the floor
and read comic books. I could look up and see the sky
and the passing trees and rocks, but not see where we
were headed in the waves. Each dip and swerve was a
surprise and I was simply carried without worries.
These were wonderful memories where I found peace in the
movement knowing I was in good and safe hands.
When Jesus was riding in the boat while crossing over to
the other side, He was so much at peace that He fell
asleep on a pillow. The fishermen who knew storms so
well were really worried and woke Him up. I don’t think
Jesus was falling asleep on the job, He just knew Who
was God, even over storms. This particular storm must
have been inspired by a principality, because Jesus told
it to shut up, be muzzled and not speak! That is the
full meaning of the Greek words He spoke. (See study
Mark 4:35-41 NKJV
On the same day, when evening had come, He said to
them, "Let us cross over to the other side." 36 Now
when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in
the boat as He was. And other little boats were also
with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves
beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38
But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And
they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not
care that we are perishing?" 39 Then He arose and
rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be
still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great
calm. 40 But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful?
How is it that you have no faith?" 41 And they feared
exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be,
that even the wind and the sea obey Him!"
NT:2008 epitimao (ep-ee-tee-mah'-o); from NT:1909 and
NT:5091; to tax upon, i.e. censure or admonish; by
KJV - (straitly) charge, rebuke.
NT:4623 siopao (see-o-pah'-o); from siope (silence, i.e.
a hush; properly, muteness, i.e. involuntary stillness,
or inability to speak; and thus differing from NT:4602,
which is rather a voluntary refusal or indisposition to
speak, although the terms are often used synonymously);
to be dumb (but not deaf also, like NT:2974 properly);
figuratively, to be calm (as quiet water):
KJV - dumb, (hold) peace.
NT:5392 phimoo (fee-mo'-o); from phimos (a muzzle); to
KJV - muzzle.
NT:2869 kopazo (kop-ad'-zo); from NT:2873; to tire, i.e.
(figuratively) to relax:
KJV – cease.