John Lesson 8 Day 5 Day 6 ~ Study of John 6:16-21
10- “Jesus insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead across to Bethsaida…” Mark 6:45 MSG
a. The disciples were on a sailboat—in the middle of a lake—in the DARK—in a storm—because they were obedient to Jesus, their Master.
According to one commentary, He “compelled them by force.”
There’s no indication He had to physically force them, but He had to urge them to comply.
Why did they resist? It was probably because most of them were fishermen, well accustomed to working on that lake, and they saw the signs of the impending storm. It is to their credit that they obeyed Jesus and went against their natural instincts.
The first step to walking in the miraculous is that we need to surrender ourselves to God’s will for us. These disciples had reasons in the natural not to obey Jesus, but they submitted themselves to His command (Proverbs 3:5).
Notice that Jesus instructed them to go to the other side of the lake. He didn’t tell them to go halfway across and drown. If they had really paid attention to His instructions, they would have been able, through the promise in His instructions, to overcome the fear that the storm brought.
They had already seen Jesus still a storm on this very lake (Mark 4:35-41). They acted as if nothing like this had ever happened before. They still did not fully comprehend the power that was in the Word of God. Andrew Wommack
b. Two verses come to mind:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 NLT
I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait for and confidently expect the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14 AMP
I’ve been close to despair so many times. These verses have been my life boat.
11- When strong winds threatened to capsize the boat—
a. Jesus walked on the water toward the boat.
The disciples freaked out! Jesus called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here!” “Then they were eager to let Him in the boat…” At first glance, that seems like an understatement. But the disciples probably thought they were rescuing Jesus. Little did they realize, they were about to be translated like Philip—all 13 of them plus a boat large enough to hold all of them!
b. The disciples didn’t do anything to rescue themselves.
They didn’t pray. They didn’t repent. Did they have faith Jesus could do anything about their situation? Even though He had calmed the storm before. It seems they were thinking, “not again!” instead of “Yay, Jesus! Do that ‘peace be still’ thing again! That was SO cool!”
I say that because my go-to response is “not again!” Or “here we go again.” I remember the problem—the fear—the desperation much more clearly than seeing the salvation of the Lord. Neuroscientists say fear imprints in our memory so much stronger than relief or happiness.
12- No matter what the circumstance looks like or feels like, I can relax in God’s assurance that He—
- comes to my rescue.
- always prays for me.
- is eternally changeless.
- never lets me down.
- never walks off and leaves me.
- is ready to help.
Who or what can get to me? What can mere people do to me?
Hebrews 7:25 “Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.”
Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote,
God is there, ready to help;
I’m fearless no matter what.
Who or what can get to me?
For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself. (MSG)
1 Peter 5:7 “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (NLT)
DAY 6 John 6:1-21
This lesson covers twenty-one verses. In detail. And yet, I see other questions the BSF study could have asked — bits we didn’t explore. Questions the text can’t answer also came to mind. Are you as amazed as I am at how much I’ve overlooked in earlier scripture reading? “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and decisions and how unfathomable and untraceable are His ways!” Romans 11:33 (AMP)
I used to think I will immediately understand everything when I’m in heaven. Now I believe we will continue to explore His unfathomable depths for eternity.
Prayer: Abba Father, may I never grow tired of exploring Your depths, those beautiful layers of Your love and mercy—Your thoughts and Your ways. May the Spirit of Truth lead me into all truth. May I obey immediately obey so that You don’t have to compel me. Thank You, that You care enough to insist when I resist. I love You. Help me to trust You more every moment of every day. Amen
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 8 Day 5 Day 6 ~ Study of John 6:16-21