On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him.” (Mark 4:35 – 36)

We heard last week that Jesus taught with parables and metaphors that were sometimes difficult to discern. But he gave explanations to his disciples, so that they might understand. Might understand, beloved reader. The following verses put a great emphasis on the possibility but not the surety of their understanding.

“A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.” (Verses 37 – 39)

If someone says to you, “Let me tell you what a certain place is like” and is able to explain not only the look but the spirit and intent of the place – you might rightly assume they know it well and most likely have been there. Jesus told his disciples in clear terms (or at least clearer than what he told the crowd in parables) what the Kingdom of God is like. Is it such a difficult assumption that Jesus might be someone who has greater knowledge and experience that the rest of humanity? Jesus was surprised that they were surprised.

“He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Verses 40 – 41)

We live in a culture where faith and theological knowledge is easy to access. Even if one is not part of a faith circle or fellowship, the social media gives us enough news to a broad (but perhaps shallow) understanding of faith. I have to remind myself that the disciples may not have had that “advantage”. The Yahweh they knew (think of the Divine that the Old Testament presented) did not come to them and sit with them. In fact by Jesus’ time, much of the “heavy lifting” of faith was done by the Pharisees & Sadducees, and the scribes & Jewish leaders who ran the temples and synagogues. Jesus was an unknown. He was trying to be known, but his disciples were slow to comprehend.

I hope and pray, beloved reader, that you faith knowledge has been informed not just by the social media but by an intimate and personal relationship with the Holy Presence as gifted to us by the Divine. I further hope and pray that you understand the proofs that Jesus has given from the time of His ministry on earth until the present. Shalom & Selah!