Chapter 32



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(Mat 14:21)  And they that had eaten [of the five barley loaves and two small fishes in the wild-erness (a type of Hell) on the east side of the sea of Galilee] were about five thousand men, beside women and children [symbolically, Jesus fed the world with His word through His disciples; then He departed unto the Father].


(Mat 14:22,23)  And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples [Gk: learners, i.e. pupils] to get into a ship [symbolizing the church], and to go before him unto the other side [unto the Promised Land on the west side of the sea of Galilee, symbolizing Heaven], while he sent the [unbelieving] multitudes away. And when he had sent the [unbelieving] multitudes away [2x for emphasis], he went up into a mountain [crowned with clouds] apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

a.       constrained = Gk: to necessitate;--compelled /// constraint (lit. or fig.); by impl. distress:--distress, must needs, (of) necessity (-sary), neededth, needful.

b.       constrain = Dict: to force, compel, or oblige; bring about by compulsion.

2.       (Gen 19:15,16)  And when the morning arose [about 6am], then the angels hastened Lot [Heb: a veil: covering] [the presence of righteous Lot (2 Pet 2:8) covered, protected, Sodom from God’s wrath while Lot was in and near the city (Gen 19:22)], saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. And while he lingered [Heb: to question or hesitate, i.e. to be reluctant:--delay, tarry], the men [angels] laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without [Heb: outside] the city.

a.       hastened = Heb: to press; (by impl.) to be close, hurry, withdraw:--(make) haste (hasten, hasty).

3.       (Acts 1:9-11)  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men [angels] stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.


(Mat 14:24,25)  But the ship was now in the midst [Gk: middle] of the sea [about 3 ½ miles], tossed with waves: [i.e., in great tribulation] for the wind was contrary [Gk: opposite; fig. antagonistic:--against] [unto the ship]. And in the fourth watch of the night [about 6am, i.e., early dawn] Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea [the sea is a biblical symbol of humanity; King of kings and Lord of lords].

1.       (Mat 24:21,22)  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever [again] shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

a.       tribulation = Gk: pressure:--affliction, anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble.

2.       Commentary: “in the midst of the sea” = John 6:19 has it “about five and twenty or thirty furlongs.” A furlong equals 1/8 of a mile which converts to “about 3.125 or 3.75 miles” with the mid-point being 3.5 miles, exactly. Isn’t that interesting?

3.       (Mark 6:47,48)  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 [Gk: tossed] 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.

a.       tossed = Gk: basanizo, bas-an-id'-zo; tortured:--pained, toil, tormented, tossed, vexed.

b.       toiling = Gk: basanizo, bas-an-id'-zo; tortured:--pained, toil, tormented, tossed, vexed.

4.       Commentary: please note in these two metaphors that the ship “tossed with waves” and the disciples “toiling in rowing” (the same Greek word) are one and the same subject. Born-again (imputed for righteousness) children of God are sheltered safely by the wooden ship of the church composed of “trees of righteousness” Isa 61:3), which is us. We are a multitude of priest-boards assembled together into one body (the finished work) (the ship), who have been chosen by our Lord Jesus Christ and sent to Heaven. Noah’s ark, the tabernacle of Moses, and the barn of Jesus (Mat 13:30) are types and shadows of the Body of this ethereal ship.


(Mark 6:49,50)  But when they saw him walking upon the sea [fig., the subjugation of humanity, treading upon the grapes of His wrath], they supposed it had been a spirit [Gk: phantom, spectre], and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled [i.e., in greater tribulation than they had been]. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.


(Mat 14:28-31)  And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 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 [Gk: forcible: mighty, powerful], he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?


(Mat 14:32,33  And when they were come into the ship [hand-in-hand], the wind ceased [i.e., all animosity against them ceased]. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

1.       rapture = Dict: 1. ecstatic joy or delight; joyful ecstasy. 2. the carrying of a person to another place or sphere of existence.

2.       (Mark 6:51)  And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered [Gk: have in admiration].

3.       (John 6:21)  Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went [the Promised Land typifying Heaven].

a.       Commentary: “immediately” = but at that time they were only half-way (3 ½ miles) across the sea of Galilee. How could this be? Well, it was quite obviously a miracle, but what did it signify? The disciples had experienced the first half (3 ½ years) of Tribulation, but they were spared the bulk of the second half  (3 ½ years) of Great Tribulation.  

b.   (Mat 24:21,22)  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever [again] shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

c.      (Psa 91:7,8)  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. [this doesn’t sound like much of a human to me J - thank you Lord]



(John 6:26,27)  [“The day following” John 6:22] Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat [Gk: food] which perisheth [Gk: is destroyed: dies], but for that meat [Gk: food] which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.


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