A thought for the day on Matt 7-9 – 22 Jan 2013

“And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

What was Jesus expecting? I’ve wondered how Jesus could say to his followers “you of little faith” when they waked him with the words “Save us Lord!”. Isn’t this the kind of faith we should have?

There is a keyword in there somewhere. “Why are you afraid?”. I believe Jesus was expecting Lion faith, not Weasel faith. His followers did believe in him, but they were crying out in blind desperation. Compare this to the leper, Centurion, the dead girl’s parents, the bleeding woman, and the blind men (all in Matt 8-9).

There is a world of a difference whether we cry out “Save us Lord!”, or “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”. I believe God prefers children who believe and expect in hope that “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him.”

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2 thoughts on “A thought for the day on Matt 7-9 – 22 Jan 2013

  1. I think the reference should be Matt 8:26, not 7-9?

    Possibly the “you of little faith” was directed at their lack of belief in his intention to go to the other side (see vs18). He said he wished to go to the other side, and that should have been sufficient for them to know that they would get there.

    • Hi Kenguy,
      I think this post was more of a devotional about Matthew chapters 7-9 rather than a breakdown of that specific passage. What I got out of it was although the disciples cried out to the Lord, they were crying out out because of a fearful lack of faith looking at the situation – whereas the other examples in 7-9 seem to be of people crying out because of confident faith looking to Jesus. Thanks for explaining what their faith should have been based in in this specific example. It ties in with the general principle I think Finch was trying to highlight. What did you think of the Lion\Weasel image?

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