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Dawn

A pastor spoke on this from the passage Mark 6:30-51. A friend of mine and I have been discussing it. Mark 6:48 says,"...Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. 49 And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; 50 for they all saw Him and were troubled.But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” 51 Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. 52 For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened."
The NASB states it this way..."He came to them, walking on the sea; and He intended to pass by them."
What insights do you have on the statement that He intended to pass by them?

As a side note the pastor speaking on this passage pointed out that the fourth watch of the night was the darkest hour of the night. The sermon was about how Jesus ministers to us in the storms of life...even in the darkest hour He comes to us.

Anne

Hi Dawn! Thanks for the question. Like I wrote above, I believe this was a test for the disciples who had just been taught a lesson about faith. Part of the lesson was for Jesus to walk right past them! It would take faith to believe it was Jesus, a) walking on the water. b)walking right by them. If they were to live by faith, not by sight, they were going to have to call on Jesus whether they thought they saw a ghost or not. They were going to have to decide to "take courage" in the darkest times. They were going to have to choose to see with their spiritual eyes - even when their natural eyes were telling them something different. What is before our eyes is not always the real story (2Kings 6:15-17). As far as being in the darkest hour of the night, most of our tests are in the "darkest hour" - the time when it seems the hardest. Yet when we finally do pass the test, or learn the lesson, we gain a greater understanding when we have overcome the hardest challenges.

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