Matthew 14 Pt.3 – Walking On Water!
Here is an incident recorded in Matthew 14 where Jesus walked on water to go to His disciples in the middle of the sea. We know from Job 9:7-8 that the LORD treads on the waves, and so this incident confirms the deity of Christ. This is made doubly clear with Jesus’ words to His disciples, “Be of good cheer! IT IS I; do not be afraid!” We don’t catch that in the English as well as would have if we saw it in the Greek text. There in the Greek we would read ἐγώ εἰμι which are two ways of writing, “I AM”, which means that Jesus was saying, “I AM I AM“. Again, that might not seem important to some, but once you realise that this is how the LORD responded to Moses, when Moses asked, “What is Your name, in case I’m asked?” And the LORD told Him, “I AM who I AM” or “I AM that I AM“, which through the LXX or Septuagint (Greek Translation of the Old Testament), is also translated “ἐγώ εἰμι“, which means that Jesus was making a clear reference to Himself as the I AM or The LORD! No wonder the disciples came an worshipped Him! (Matt.14:33).It is Jesus who saw the disciples making no progress in the middle of the sea, and it was He who was praying and who always prays and intercedes for us (See John 17:9; Rom.8:34; Heb.7:25).
One of the great takeaways from this story is how that the moment we begin to sink, we need to call upon the name of the LORD.
Not only does this apply to all the circumstances of life, but also to our salvation (See Rom.10:8-13). As the song goes, “I was sinking deep in sin, far from that peaceful shore. Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more. But the Master of the sea, heard my despairing cry, from the waters lifted me, now safe am I.” Yes it is true – you can call upon the name of the LORD and be saved!
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