Walking on the Water
22-23 As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night.
24-26 Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror.
27 But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”
28 Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”
29-30 He said, “Come ahead.”
Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”
31 Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”
32-33 The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”
Matthew 14:22-33 [MSG]
When Jesus walked on water towards the disciples, Peter got of the boat to walk to Him. Most sermons on this passage of scripture that I have heard focus on the fact that Peter took his eyes off Jesus and sank. But consider this:
Peter was the only one who had the courage to get out of the boat. The other 11 just sat there and watched. Even after it was obvious that Peter was standing on the surface of water.
What if they had joined Peter? Would them joining together have prevented the entry of fear that happened when Peter saw the waves?
יז. בַּרְזֶל בְּבַרְזֶל יָחַד וְאִישׁ יַחַד פְּנֵי רֵעֵהוּ:
sharpens the countenance of his friend: Heb. יחד, sharpens. Torah scholars sharpen each other in halachah.
Proverbs 27:17 [CJB/Rashi]
Is God asking you to get out of your boat?
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