Scripture: Matthew 8:23-34; Mark 4:35-41; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:22-39

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Jesus Calms The Storm

Matthew 8:23-27 (KJV) 23 And when He (Jesus) was entered into a ship, His disciples followed Him.  24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but He was asleep.  25 And His disciples came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.  26 And He saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.  27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!

Mark 4:35-41 (KJV) 35 And the same day, when the even was come, He (Jesus) saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.  36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took Him even as He was in the ship. And there were also with Him other little ships.  37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.  38 And He was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake Him, and say unto Him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?  39 And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  40 And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?  41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?

Luke 8:22-25 (KJV) 22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that He (Jesus) went into a ship with His disciples: and He said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.  23 But as they sailed He fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.  24 And they came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then He arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.  25 And He said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for He commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey Him.

Demons Sent Into Herd Of Pigs

Matthew 8:28-34 (KJV) 28 And when He (Jesus) was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.  29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with Thee, Jesus, Thou Son of God? art Thou come hither to torment us before the time?  30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.  31 So the devils besought Him, saying, If Thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.  32 And He said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.  33 And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told everything, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils.  34 And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw Him, they besought Him that He would depart out of their coasts.

Mark 5:1-20 (KJV) And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.  And when He (Jesus) was come out of the ship, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.  And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.  But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped Him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with Thee, Jesus, Thou Son of the most high God? I adjure Thee by God, that Thou torment me not.  For He (Jesus) said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.  And He asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.  10 And he besought Him much that He would not send them away out of the country.  11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.  12 And all the devils besought Him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.  13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.  14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.  15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.  16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.  17 And they began to pray Him to depart out of their coasts.  18 And when He was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil begged to go with Him.  19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.  20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

Luke 8:26-39 (KJV) 26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.  27 And when He (Jesus) went forth to land, there met Him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.  28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with Thee, Jesus, Thou Son of God most high? I beseech Thee, torment me not.  29 (For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)  30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. 31 And they besought Him that He would not command them to go out into the deep. 32 And there was there a herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought Him that He would suffer them to enter into them. And He suffered them.  33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.  34 When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country.  35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.  36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.  37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought Him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and He went up into the ship, and returned back again.  38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought Him that he might be with Him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.

1. What happened to the ship that Jesus and His disciples were in (Matthew 8:24; Mark 4:37; Luke 8:23)? There arose a great storm in the sea.  The ship was covered with waves. The waves beat into the ship, so that it was full.  All aboard were in jeopardy.

2. What was Jesus doing during the storm (Matthew 8:24; Mark 4:38; Luke 8:23)? Jesus was sleeping.

3. What did the disciples do and say (Matthew 8:25; Mark 4:38; Luke 8:24)? They awoke Jesus. And asked Him to save them because they believed they were going to perish.

4. What did Jesus do and say (Matthew 8:26; Mark 4:39; Luke 8:24-25)?  In Matthew Jesus arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. In Mark Jesus arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, “Peace, be still.” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. In Luke the disciples awoke Jesus with the words Master, Master, we perish. Then Jesus arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. 

5. Who did Jesus meet (Matthew 8:28; Mark 5:2-5; Luke 8:27)? We are told by Matthew there were two demon possessed men. We are told by both Mark and Luke of only one demon possessed man.

6. How did the man/men behave (Matthew 8:28; Mark 5:3-5; Luke 8:27) violently, could not be bound not even with chains, cried out, cut self with stones, fierce, naked, lived among the tombs.

7. What did they ask Jesus (Matthew 8:29; Mark 5:2; Luke 8:28)? What did Jesus want with them and was Jesus going to torture them.

8. What did Jesus do and what happened (Matthew 8:32; Mark 5:12-13; Luke 8:32-33)? Jesus gave the demons permission to come out and enter a herd of pigs.  They then rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water.  

9. Who went out to meet Jesus and what did they ask Jesus to do (Matthew 8:34; Mark 5:17; Luke 8:37)? The whole city went out to meet Jesus and asked Him to leave their region.

10. What did the man that was set free from demons ask Jesus (Mark 5:18; Luke 8:38)? He begged Jesus to let him go with Him.

11. What was Jesus’ response (Mark 5:19; Luke 8:39) Jesus did not let him go, but instead told him to go home to his family and tell them how much the Lord had done for him and how He had show him mercy.

HEAR the WORD

Read these three different passages about the same situation. 

Matthew 8:25-27 25 And His disciples came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.  26 And He saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.  27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!

Mark 4:39-41 39 And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  40 And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?  41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?

Luke 8: 24-25 Then He arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.  25 And He said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for He commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey Him.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above scripture. Why were the disciples surprised (marveling) at what Jesus had just done? Notes: The disciples had already witnessed many miracles, so why did they panic in the storm? 

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 8:24 Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat.  But Jesus was sleeping.

(between  these two verses Jesus was awaken by the disciples)

Matthew 8:26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid.” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Is there a storm area in your life in which you just can’t trust God?  If we truly understand who God is, we will trust Him to control both the storms of nature and the storms in our heart and life.   We should trust God in the worst of storms.   When we feel like panicking, we need to confess our need for God and then trust Him to care for us.  Though the disciples lived with Jesus, they still underestimated Him. But don’t we sometimes do the same?

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We may sometimes underestimate God’s power to handle absolutely every crisis in our life.  When we are caught in the storms of life it’s easy to think that God has lost control and that we’re at the mercy of the winds of fate.  But remember God is sovereign.  God is in control of not just the world’s history but our personal destiny.  Once we believe this we can teach and share this with others.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will not let the storms that come into our life discourage us from trusting in You (Matthew 8:26; Mark 4:40). Lord, I pray we will come to You in faith believing You will calm the storms in our life according to Your timetable (Mark 4:38-39; Luke 8:25).  Lord, I pray we will let others know all You’ve done for us (Mark 5:19; Luke 8:39).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I share with others what God has done.” <>< Dona