Do miracles and then will I believe!

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INTRODUCTION

Today Mt 14,22-33 is read. Jesus and Peter walk on the sea.

I am a little bit ironic about the title of this post. But this has and still is true. To know that God exists, we still look for miracles.

Read more about this phenomena in demythologizing-the-gospels/#necessity

But this time we have a cute story. Maybe the intention was not to make a wonder. Jesus just wanted to join his disciples: he could. But the disciples saw a sign that made them say “Jesus is truly the Son of God!”

we easily ignore john 4:48:

“Unless you see signs and wonders,
you will in no way believe.” 

But the story about Peter having problems walking on the water gives us important advice for life.

INDEX

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The text

( N:B. The texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Matthew 14,22-33 says in English:

The miracle on the lake of Galilee

14:22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat, and to go ahead of him to the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
14:23 After he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain by himself to pray. When evening had come, he was there alone.

The boat in the middle of the sea
14:24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, distressed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
14:25 In the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. 
14:26 When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It’s a ghost!” and they cried out for fear.
14:27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying “Cheer up! It is I!s Don’t be afraid.”
14:28 Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the waters.”

Peter walks on the water
14:29 He said, “Come!” Peter stepped down from the boat, and walked on the waters to come to Jesus.
14:30 But when he saw that the wind was strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
14:31 Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

You are truly the Son of God.
14:32 When they got up into the boat, the wind ceased.
14:33 Those who were in the boat came and worshiped him, saying, “You are truly the Son of God!”

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The message

 

14:29 He said, “Come!” Peter stepped down from the boat, and walked on the waters to come to Jesus.
14:30 But when he saw that the wind was strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
14:31 Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?

Source: Wiki

This is a cute story. I like Taylor Brown’s interpretation of this story. When we are struck by problems we often focus on the situation we are in instead of looking to solutions.

The wind ceased and they believed

14:32 When they got up into the boat, the wind ceased.
14:33 Those who were in the boat came and worshiped him, saying, “You are truly the Son of God!”

The fact that they were so dependent on miracles must have frustrated Jesus a lot angrily say Mt 16:4 :

An evil and adulterous generation
seeks after sign,
and there will be no sign given to it, 
except for the sign of the prophet Jonah.”

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conclusion

As you, I do not rely on miracles to believe that Jesus is inspired by God. His words and commandments proves that.
I see this story more like a message than a miracle.


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