In the boat with Jesus
As I think about the direction Satan and his angels are leading the world there are a few Biblical facts that stand out in my mind. Mar 4:37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
Mar 4:38 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?
Mar 4:39 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.
The people in this scripture were in the boat with Jesus, but it was not smooth sailing. In fact as they saw it there were time to great fear. Some of them acted on their fear. The fact that stands out is that they reached their final destination safely.
We must be mindful of the context here. Jesus had just finished speaking to many people including his disciples. Among the many things he had taught them. We find the parable of the candle and the bushel, the parable of the sower, and the kingdom of heaven. He likened the kingdom of heaven to a mustard seed that a man planted in a field.
Jesus gave this group assurance that they were safe with his doctrine. One should have been able to see that the doctrine of the Jewish Rulers did not compare with the doctrine of Jesus Christ. It is clear that many heard and believed the words of Jesus. They felt safe with the doctrine of the Kingdom of heaven he presented. According to these verses Jesus bid them cross the sea and they obeyed. When the great wind came and was rocking the boat and the waves were swamping the boat. There were changes of heart. Some perhaps all began to question the wisdom of obeying Jesus and following him across the sea. Jesus spoke and there was a great calm. Mar 4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
Mar 4:41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
I often think of that passage when I observe men and women going after false prophets and teachers. I believe that most of these people are capable of reading and understanding that scripture is being taken out of context. They know that words are being twisted to show something that is not there. Yet, they will follow these people. When the high winds come and the great waves sweep they are often destroyed. Many with their dying breath believe the lying prophet.
Some will ask the question, if it is not so why does God allow them or us to believe? According to the scriptures there comes a point when God will give up those who refuse to believe his word. 2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2Th 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
Looking with a critical eye at the world of religion around about us. We cannot help but compare the above passage