Bible Study: Jesus Calms the Storm

 

Matthew 8:23-27

Share times when you have experienced something catastrophic, within which Jesus has helped you.

*Interesting note* Although it’s called the “Sea” of Galilee, it’s actually a large, freshwater lake. As such, it’s sometimes referred to as Lake Galilee by modern folks. Others have also called it the “Lake of Gennesaret” (Jospehus), the “Sea of Tiberias” (naming it after a city on its southwestern shore), and “Sea of Kinnereth” (its ancient Hebrew name).

It says in verse one that when Jesus entered the boat, His disciples followed Him. What is truly required to follow Christ? Matthew 19:21; Mark 8:34-38 (What does it mean to deny oneself, to take up one’s cross); John 21:15-19; Philippians 3:12-16

Matthew says that the disciples cried out to Jesus “Lord, save us. We’re going to drown.” Mark says that the disciples said, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Luke says that they said, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown.” Why the discrepancy? What does this tell us about the moment?

Matthew says that Jesus said to them, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Mark says, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Luke simply says, “Where is your faith?” Why the rebuke at such a terrifying time?

What did Jesus mean to teach His disciples by His calmness?

*Interesting Note* the original Greek translated “Great storm” comes from the Greek words which mean megas (exceedingly great) and seismos (earthquake).

Why would the disciples be more scared of the calming of the storm then they were of the storm itself?

Why might a miracle of healing be less in the eyes of some than a miracle of nature?

What does this story tell us about (1) Jesus’ authority on earth (2) Faith and discipline (3) Life in the church?

Why is it so easy for so many to forget about God when they’re facing their greatest storms in life?

What does Scripture tell us about the value of staying calm? Ecclesiastes 10:4; Psalm 23:4, 37:7-9, 107:29-30; Proverbs 15:1; Matthew 11:28-30; John 14:1, 27; Ephesians 4:26; Philippians 4:6; James 1:19

In times of strife, where are we to go? Exodus 15:2; Psalm 33:4-6, 56:3; Isaiah 40:28-31, 41:10; Luke 12:8-10; Romans 1:18-20; 1 Corinthians 1:25-26; 1 Peter 2:1-5

(Note:  Bible study materials are gathered from various resources, i.e. Bible.org)

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