There is an account in the Bible of Jesus speaking to the wind and waves and calming them down. This idea often makes its way into our prayers and songs — not unlike Jeremy Camp’s song, “When You Speak.” I think it deserves a deep look from us to see what we can learn from ALL of the words Jesus speaks in this scene.
Join me in the Gospel of Mark, in a boat on the Sea of Galilee.
In this episode, I discuss:
- Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
- Meditating on Scripture
- Completing a word study
- Defining words
- Reading Scripture out loud
- Imagining the scene
- Reading in context
- The 30 Day Music Challenge
- The Father initiates the plan of salvation, the Son accomplishes the plan of redemption, and the Spirit applies what has been initiated and accomplished
- Seeking the face of God before we seek His hand
- Studying the actual Word of God to more easily identify its counterfeit – James 1:25, Joshua 1:7-9
- Completing a word study on the word meditate as found in Joshua 1:8 – BibleHub.com
- Looking up words related to meditate such as soliloquize, muse, and ruminate
- Our focus verses found in Mark 4:35-41
- Imagining the scene in the context of the whole
- Examining the words of Jesus vs. the words of the disciples
- The words of Douglas O’Donnell, “Jesus is…addressing…their “excessive fear”…Fear that doesn’t acknowledge who’s onboard the boat.” – “Matthew: All Authority in Heaven and on Earth (Preaching the Word)” by Douglas O’Donnell
Enjoy the official music video below.
More Than a Song Playlist
- Lyrics – NewReleaseToday.com
- Story Behind the Song “When You Speak” – NewReleaseToday Article
- Fascinating articles on counterfeit detection and the spiritual parallels – Challies.com Article Part One and Part Two
- Matthew: All Authority in Heaven and on Earth (Preaching the Word) by Douglas O’Donnell – Amazon Link
- ESV Study Bible – Amazon Link
- ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal: Mark – Amazon Link
This Week’s Challenge
Read our focus passage in Mark 4 in the context of Mark 3-5. When you focus on Mark 4:35-41, be sure to make some observations and make time to meditate on the text. Let it roll around in your mind a bit. Ponder the text. Talk to yourself about it. Chew on it over and over again. There is much more to see here. I hope I’ve inspired you to spend some time here for yourself. And remember, when God speaks, the wind and the waves bow to His will.