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(Matt 14:21) And they [in a “desert place” (Matt 14:13) on the east (wilderness) side of the Sea Galilee] that had eaten [the supernaturally multiplied five loaves and two fishes] were about five thousand men, beside women and children [i.e., fifteen thousand persons altogether]



(Matt 14:22-24) And straightway Jesus [Heb: Jehovah-saved: Joshua] constrained [Gk: to necessitate: compelled] his disciples [Gk: learners, pupils] [students] to get into a ship [a container (the church) composed of the assembly of wooden priest-boards], and to go before him unto the other side [of the 7 miles wide Sea of Galilee], while he sent the multitudes [of unbelievers] away. And when he had sent the multitudes [of unbelievers] away [i.e., repeated for emphasis], he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst [Gk: middle] of the sea [of Galilee], tossed [Gk: tortured: pained, tormented] with waves [“toiling in rowing” Mark 6:48]: for the wind [of the world, i.e., Satan] was contrary [Gk: opposite; fig. antagonistic]


(Matt 14:25-27) And in the fourth watch of the night [6 am, about sunrise] Jesus went unto them [rising from the east, unto the disciples], walking on the sea [the sea is a symbol of humanity; “walking on,” is thereby expressing His dominion as King of Kings, Lord of Lords]. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit [Gk: “phantasm”; a spectre] [i.e., they did not recognize Him, just as when they were fishing, the disciples, excepting John, did not recognize the man on the shore (John 21:4)]; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid [Gk: frightened]


(Matt 14:28-33) And Peter [Gk: a (piece of) rock] answered him and said, Lord [Gk: supreme in authority], if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water [indicating a measure of belief, and unbelief]. And he [Jesus] 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 [Gk: looked at] the wind boisterous [Gk: forcible: mighty, powerful], he was afraid [Gk: frightened]; and beginning to sink [Gk: submerge: drown], he cried, saying, Lord [Gk: supreme in authority], save [Gk: deliver or protect: heal, preserve, make whole] me. And immediately [Gk: at once] Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught [Gk: seized: layed hold upon, took hold of] him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith [Gk: lacking confidence (in Christ)], wherefore didst thou doubt [Gk: waver in opinion]? And when they [Peter and Jesus] were come into the ship [the church], the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God


(Mark 6:45-52) And straightway he constrained [Gk: to necessitate: compelled] his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto [Gk: near to] [under] Bethsaida [Heb: fishing-house] [on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee], while he sent away the people.  And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.  And when even was come, the ship [fig. the church] was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling [Gk: tortured: pained, tormented] in rowing [toward the Promised Land, toward Heaven]; 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[Why?] But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship [into the church]; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart [Gk: mind (thoughts)] was hardened [Gk: (a kind of stone); to petrify; fig. rendered stupid or callous: blinded]

(John 6:16-21) And when even [Gk: evening] was now come [about 6 pm], his disciples went down unto the sea [of Galilee], And entered into a ship [the church], and went over the sea toward Capernaum [also located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee but farther westward than Bethsaida]. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs [a furlong is 1/8 of a mile = 3.125 to 3.75 miles, or, the disciples had rowed about 3 miles] [1,2], they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. (John 6:21) Then they willingly received him into the ship [a type and shadow of His second coming]: and immediately the ship [the ship and crew, the church, the assembly (congregation) of believers (disciples)] was [instantly transported, “in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Cor 15:52), over the remaining 3 miles] at the land [at the Promised Land, i.e., a type and shadow of Heaven] whither they went [3]

1.    Commentary: Both Matthew [v.24] and Mark [v.47] have the gospel ship (the church) located “in the midst [Gk: middle] of the seawhen Jesus returns (fully) to them. However, John [v.19] describes the same location more precisely for a great lesson and a wonderful prophecy. 

2.    Commentary: “they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs” = The northen Sea of Galilee was approximately 7 miles wide. Jesus appeared to His disciples walking on the water in the morning dawn which was 12 hours after the previous “even” (evening at 6 pm) when disciples had embarked to sea in the ship. Thus, the disciples had been rowing in the storm of tribulation for twelve hours.

3.    Commentary: How hard, how harsh, how punitively severe was the incredibly hostile blinding storm that was powerfully, forcefully, aggressively blowing upon and directly against the disciples of Jesus Christ (the same blinding storm that is now blowing upon and directly against you). May we note that the faithful (sent) disciples were pained, tormented, “worn out” (Dan 7:25) by the extreme difficulty of ministering, striving to come closer (more intimate) to God, rowing (laboring, toiling) against the antagnostic winds of the world, i.e., against Satan who is “the god of this world” 2 Cor 4:4). Please consider that the average walking pace of most persons is 3 miles per hour, and in comparison, that the “extreme difficultly of the disciples rowing” is biblically exemplified by the fact that, as we come upon them (“in the midst of the sea”), the disciples had rowed only about 3 miles in their thus far twelve hour journey into the “boisterous” storm that was violently surging in the 7 miles wide Sea of Galilee, whereas a person could have normally walked an unopposed 3 miles per hour x 12 hours of time equaling 36 miles in the same amount of time. Oh how terribly frustrating and mentally painful that laboriously slow continuously struggling pace must have been, and is, but they were even then still gaining, parting (dividing) the water of the word of God (Eph 5:27) with each dip of every oar-stroke, “here a little, and there a little” (Isa 28:10). Please then note that when Jesus Christ returns, the remaining unfinished (and therefore forever unexperienced) 3 miles “to the other side” (Matt 14:22; Mark 6:45), i.e., to the Promised Land, to Heaven, contextually symbolizes the final 3 years named the Great Tribulation which we (as further evidenced by John 6:21 & 1 Thess 4:17) shall not ever experience, that is, the Great Tribulation which is to immediately commence once Jesus Christ, in His fullness (the full mind of Christ), returns to/for/into the church [i.e., the Gospel ship, collectively]. (Rom 8:18,19). Awaken, look up… do you see Him coming? God bless you