Chapter 51

GET OUT OF JAIL, AND (immediately) “get into a ship”
AND GO “unto the other side” (heaven)


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(Mat 14:22,23)  And straightway [immediately] Jesus constrained [to necessitate; compelled /// distress: must needs, needful (heavy connotations of urgency)] his disciples to get into a ship [why?], and to go before him unto the other side [the Promised Land, a type of heaven], while he sent the [unsaved] multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening [nightfall – about 6pm] was come, he was there alone.

1.       Commentary: One of the things that this beautiful narrative symbolizes is the experiences of true believers now, during the time between the first and second advents of Jesus Christ.

2.       get into a ship” = The tabernacle of Moses was assembled of forty eight shittim wood boards, each board having two tenons, rather like the two prongs of an electrical plug, each tenon inserted into and standing upon one silver socket, “(Exo 26:19) two sockets under one board for his two tenons.”

a.       (Num 35:7)  So all the cities which ye shall give to the Levites shall be forty and eight cities: them shall ye give with their suburbs.

3.       Associations: the two trees in the Garden of Eden “(Mark 8:24)  And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking;” Noah’s ark, the tabernacle of Moses, the barn of Jesus “(Mat 13:30b) Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” Symbolically, the church is the ship of Jesus Christ. These associations “save” and protect you.

(Mat 14:24-26)  But the ship was now in the midst of the sea [of Galilee: 8 miles wide by 13 miles long], tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary [opposite; fig. antagonistic:--against]. And in the fourth watch of the night [between 3am & 6am] Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea [a type of the Second Advent]. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

1.       (John 6:19)  So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs [3 ˝ to 4 miles], they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.

2.       (Rom 8:28)  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

3.       (Mark 6:47-49)  And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling [tortured:--pained, tormented, tossed, vexed] in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:

a.       (Exo 1:12)  But the more they [the Egyptians] afflicted them [the Israelites], the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

4.       (Rom 8:15)  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

5.       (2 Tim 1:7)  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound [disciplined: self-controlled] mind.

(Mat 14:27-31)  But straightway [immediately: 2x] Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me [command me to] come unto thee on the water [why "bid me"?]. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous [forcible: mighty, powerful, strong], he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately [3x] Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him [seized him], and said unto him, O thou of little faith [note “little” rather than “no”], wherefore didst thou doubt?

1.       (John 14:12)  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth [have faith] on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

(Mat 14:32-34)  And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.

1.      (John 6:21)  Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went [a fulfillment of the Second Advent].


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