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Peace in the 'Storms of Life' - part 3

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30 Days of Peace  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  20:15
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Storm Readiness

So far we have discussed the importance of ‘Staying in the Boat’ and ‘Getting in the Boat’ as we have briefly looked at both Luke’s and Mark’s account of the events that took place on the trip that day. Today we are discussing ‘Storm Readiness’ as we look at Matthew’s account of the trip across the Sea of Galilee on this particular day.

What can influence ‘Storm Readiness’?

Read Matthew 8:23-27
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Matthew 8:23–27 NIV
Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
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Let’s Pray
Matthew 8:23 NIV
Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.
Then he got into
‘Then’ indicates that something took place prior to the current action being taken.
‘Storm Readiness’ can be influenced by our ability to take notice of our surroundings and simply asking questions. For example, familiarity and comfort can introduce a certain level of risk in our readiness, our preparedness for what is in front of us.
front of us.
To answer the question of ‘then’ we need to go to verse 18
Matthew 8:18 NIV
When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.

‘Storm Readiness’ is a choice made long before there is even evidence of a storm.

Matthew 8:19–20 NIV
Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

‘Storm Readiness’ is a matter of priority.

Matthew 8:21–22 NIV
Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
This phrase ‘let the dead bury their own dead’ seems strange to us and even perhaps insensitive. However, a broader understanding of Jewish custom provides a clearer context for the words spoken by Jesus. While there are several possible meanings for the words Jesus spoke, the emphasis on the importance of following Jesus is clear.
The following details are taken from the Dictionary of New Testament Background, pg. 174-175
Burial took place as soon as possible after death and almost always on the same day.
A year afer the death, members of the immediate family returned to the tomb for a private ceremony (second burial) in which the bones were reburied after the body had decayed.
During the time between primary and secondary burial, members of a Jewish family were in a state of mourning and abstained from full participation in the normal course of ordinary life.
This phrase ‘let the dead bury their own dead’ seems strange to us and even perhaps insensitive. However,

‘Storm Readiness’ is a matter of relationship.

Matthew 8:
Matthew 8:23 NIV
Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.

…his disciples followed him.

‘Storm Readiness’ is a matter of theology.

“Christian Theology is the systematic presentation of the doctrines of the Christian Faith.” H. Orton Wiley

What we believe about God and the doctrines of the Christian Faith have a direct influence on our actions and interpretation of scripture.

‘Storm Readiness’ is a matter of choosing to follow Jesus: before the storms occur, in the midst of the storm and when the storm subsides.

What does ‘Storm Readiness’ mean for me?

Reflection When the storms occur, am I concerned for my life or being inconvenienced? Am I following Jesus before the storms even occur? How is my theology influencing my choices?

When the storms occur, am I concerned for my life or being inconvenienced?
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