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19 April 2021

John 6 - Part II
Walking on the Sea


This study covers John 6:16-24. However, Matthew will be used for the part of Jesus walking on the sea since he has more details of the incident. Matthew 14:22-24: 22. And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

A “woman” is likened to a “ship” carrying wares (Proverbs 31:10, 14). Allegorically, a woman is a mind-set, good or bad: Therefore, a ship is a mind-set that is above water. Isaiah 57:20-21: 20. But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. 21. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. Job 38:8, 11: 8. Who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? 11. And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud (swelling - if literal) waves be stayed? Water is a symbol for words (Proverbs 18:4) and the sea is a metaphor for wicked thoughts, the swells thereof represents the pride of wicked thinking which brings forth unclean thoughts. To be in a ship is to be metaphorically separated from the world. A ship’s wares, however, can be spiritually clean or unclean.

By viewing the experience of the disciples allegorically, the Christian’s spiritual struggle can be seen. Being separate from the world, and yet still struggling with worldly thoughts and pride, and a spirit that is contrary to the way God thinks (Isaiah 55:7-9), until Jesus calms the sea (cf Revelation 15:2). Jonah fled in a ship. While he lay sleeping below, the sailors were fighting a fierce storm, fearing the ship would sink: and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea (Jonah 1:5). Finally, they confronted Jonah who gave them his testimony: I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land (Jonah 1:9). They became fearful and tried with all their strength to row to shore, but could not. Then they threw Jonah into the sea, and it became calm. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows (Jonah 1:16). First the sailors threw out the “wares” they carried in the ship, and then Jonah. Metaphorically, the story of Jonah represents our worldly thoughts that flee from God, and we come to recognize that they are of the world. Once a person turns away from a worldly way of thinking, a calm begins to come over them. This happens when we receive and apply God’s understanding in our lives.

Matthew 14:25-27: 25. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit (g5326) [an appearance, an apparition]; and they cried out for fear. 27. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Ancient Jews divided the night and day in three watches each - evening, midnight and morning. Under the Roman rule, they adopted their division of four watches each. The night is divided as: evening midnight, cock crowing and morning. The fourth watch of the night is from 3 to 6 am, or until dawn.

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Each day of creation begins in darkness. Looking at creation in Genesis metaphorically, we can see the specific steps of our spiritual creation. The fourth watch would be ending the darkness and be about to enter the light of day four. Genesis 1:16-19: 16. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18. And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. 19. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. Peter denied Jesus between midnight and the time of cock crowing, during the 3rd watch (Matthew 26:75). During the third watch, the sun and moon have not their proper place in our thinking.

The sun is a symbol for the understanding of Christ (Malachi 4:2) and the moon is a symbol for the ordinances of the law. The stars are the tidbits of light a person has from the law. Jeremiah 31:35: Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divides the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: The moon (law) has no light of its own (Galatians 2:21; Philippians 3:9), and only reflects one-seventh of the light that falls on it. Without Christ, one cannot get very far with understanding the Bible. If a person is in the fourth watch, they are just beginning to understand the Son of God and a proper relationship to the law - i.e. they start to come out from under the law - i.e. no longer being governed by the book, but by the voice of Christ. Notice that Jeremiah says this understanding is given which divides the sea when the waves thereof roar, or the pride comes up. When Israel left Egypt (a type for the world), the sea was divided so that they could cross on dry land.

Jesus said: Matthew 14:28-31: 27. ...Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28. And Peter answering him said, Lord, if it be *thou*, command me to come to thee upon the waters. 29. And he said, Come. And Peter, having descended from the ship, walked upon the waters to go to Jesus. 30. But seeing the strong wind he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, Lord, save me. 31. And immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught hold of him, and says to him, O thou of little faith, why did thou doubt (Darby’s Version)? The spirit of the world (strong wind) is always contrary to truth. O thou of little faith, you of little spiritual understanding, do not worry. The human tendency is to often focus on the spirit and turmoil of the world (watch the daily news, focus on the evil happening in our nation and the world). Especially with a limited understanding of spiritual things, it is easy to become discouraged and sink into despair. Then, like Peter, we cry to the Lord to save us and he lets us know that he is an ever present help in time of need (Psalms 46:1).

Matthew 14:32-33: 32. And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. When we come to know that the Son is truly the Son of the only true God (John 17:3), and not a third person of a Pagan Godhead; and when Jesus is in the ship - i.e. he is constantly in our thinking, we have peace, and the contrary spirit we carry no longer causes worry and fear; and instead we experience peace in Christ - the sea is calm (cf Revelation 15:2) and no longer casts up mire and dirt. Jesus walks on the sea, and will lift us all out of the sea. John 16:33: These things have I spoken to you that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye have tribulation; but be of good courage: I have overcome the world. Amen.


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