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    1. Welcome to the Church of Christ of Auglaize County

    3. The Bible and the Weather Luke 8:22-25

    4. Mark Twain was right: Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. Except Jesus!

    6. Thomson, in his Land and the Book, writes of the deep ravines of the shores which act like gigantic funnels to draw down the winds from the mountains.

    7. The word for storm here (lailaps) means, whirlwind, hurricane (Arndt/Gingrich, p. 462) or a squall; tempest. Matthew 8:24 uses tempest, seismos, a commotion, of the air, a gale; of the ground, an earthquake. Mark uses lialaps but modifies it with megasit was a mega storm! The word filled (sumpleroo, to swamp a boat) comes from a root, pleroo, meaning, to cram a net, level up a hollow.

    8. 1) Storms come in every life. Broken homes (cf. Malachi 2:14; Matthew 19:6-9). Serious illness (Mark 5:26) Untimely death/grief (2 Samuel 12; 18:33) Financial problems

    9. 1) Storms come in every life. Job transfer/leaving friends behind (Genesis 37) Relationship breakups (Acts 15:39) Property loss (Job)

    10. 2) We must turn to the only Source of salvation. Psalm 69:1-2; 142:4-5 2 Corinthians 1:9-10; John 14:6; Acts 4:13; 1 Corinthians 3:11

    11. (3) We see both the humanity and deity of Jesus in this scene. As the Son of Man, He slept; as the Son of God, He stilled the storm. 1 Timothy 2:5; John 1:14; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:7-8

    12. Mendels Law of Genetics: Jesus Took After His Fatherand His Mother! We may say of a baby, He looks like his mother. As he gets a little older and develops a personality, we may say, He acts like his daddy. Jesus was Gods Son (divine) (John 3:16), yet He was Marys Son (human) (Matthew 1:18-25). So, which was ithuman or divine? Did Jesus take after His Father or His mother?

    13. His mothers son; His Fathers Son. It was the mothers son who was so tired that He slept in the back of a boat during a storm (Mt. 8:24), but it was the Fathers Son who awoke to say, Peace be still, and the wind hushed at the sound of His voice (8:26). It was the mothers son who sat wearied on a well in Sychar (Jn. 4:6), but it was the Fathers Son who offered the Samaritan woman the water of life (4:14) and knew all her personal history (4:17). It was the mothers son who wept for Lazarus grieving sisters (Jn. 11:35), but it was the Fathers Son who said, Roll away the stone and cried, Lazarus come forth (11:39,43). As Man, He sympathizes with us in our sorrows and separations, and as God, He sends them away.

    14. A Doctors Questions: What is your name, son? On my mothers side, Im called Jesus. On my Fathers side, Im Emmanuel. How old are you, son? On my mothers side, Im twelve years old. On my Fathers side, Ive always been. Where is your home, son? On my mothers side, its Bethlehem. On my Fathers side, its Jerusalem. What is your plan, son? On my mothers side, Ill be crucified. On my Fathers side, Ill rise in three days to set on His right hand.

    15. His mothers son; His Fathers Son. It was the mothers son who cried in the garden, Let this cup of suffering pass from me (Mt. 26:39a), but it was the Fathers Son who said, Not my will but thine be done... (26:39b). It was the mothers son who cried out, I thirst from the cross (Jn. 19:28), but it was the Fathers Son who said, Father, forgive them they know not what they do (Lk. 23:34). It was the mothers son who lifeless body was buried in a tomb on Friday (Mt. 27:60), but it was the Fathers Son who rose from the grave on Sunday morning (Mt. 28:6). It is the mothers son who, because He lived among us, knows our human weaknesses (Heb. 4:15), but is the Fathers Son who stands at Gods Throne interceding for us (1 Tim. 2:5). Jesus was GodHe knows our needs. Jesus was manHe understands our feelings.

    16. He understands our weakness as humans. He had to sleep as a man, but God never slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4). He was tired as a man (John 4:6; cf. 4:14, 17), but God never tires (Jeremiah 32:17). He was thirsty as a man (John 4:15; 19:28), but God never needs sustenance (cf. Psalm 50:12).

    17. We also find comfort in His deity. Past: According to Hebrews 1:2 Jesus was the one through whom God created the worlds (universe). Present: Hebrews 1:3 says that He sustains or upholds the universe and all things by the word of His power.

    18. We find comfort in His deity. Thou rulest the raging of the sea; when the waves thereof arise Thou stillest them (Psalm 89:9). He had no need of a rod like Moses or a mantle like Elijah to deal with water. His only instrument was His word (cf. Hebrews 4:12; Romans 1:16).

    19. Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people (Psalm 65:7; Nahum 1:4). Since Jesus made the seas in the first place (Genesis 1:9, 10; John 1:4), and had given them orders they had obeyed for four thousand years (Job 38:8-11; Psalm 104:9; Proverbs 8:29), it is small wonder that He could command them now.

    20. Perhaps the murderer from the beginning (Satan) felt that this was a good opportunity to destroy Jesus, since He was asleep on the boat. Perhaps the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2) who once raised winds to destroy Job, had some suspicion that Jesus was coming over the lake to cast that legion of devils out of the poor man on the other side.

    21. 4) Jesus critiques fearful disciples Jesus was often unimpressed with the disciples faithand expressed it (Luke 12:28; Matthew 6:30; 8:26; 14:31; 17:20; Mark 4:40, 41; John 11:40).

    22. Conclusion: The waves of the world rage against the church, and we might be just as fearful that it will capsize. Yet the world will never prevail in overwhelming the churchbecause (just like that ship) Christ is in it (Psalm 46:1-3; 93:3, 4)! Jesus promised, the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).