50 Jesus calms a violent storm.

Matthew 8:18, 23–27; Mark 4:35–41; Luke 8:22–25

A large crowd gathered to see Jesus. Why did Jesus choose to leave the crowd and go to the other side of the lake (Matthew 8:18)?

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Many people must have gone home, but some got into boats and followed Jesus (Mark 4:36). What might have motivated those actions?

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When the violent storm struck, where were the boats of those who had followed Jesus (Matthew 8:24–25)?

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Why do you think the disciples didn’t turn back toward shore earlier (Matthew 8:24–25)?

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What reasons did the disciples have to think they were about to drown (Matthew 8:24–25)?

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What was lacking in the disciples’ faith (Matthew 8:24–25)?

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Why was the storm suddenly calmed (Matthew 8:24–25)?

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The disciples had seen Jesus do creative miracles before, so why were they amazed to see the storm immediately calm in response to his voice (Matthew 8:27)?

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One evening, a large crowd gathered around Jesus.

Eyewitness

Matthew 8:18 Jesus saw how large a crowd had gathered around him and told his disciples to take him to the other side of the lake.
Mark 4:35 That evening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.”
King James

Matthew 8:18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.
Mark 4:35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.

“Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake,” Jesus said to his disciples.

Eyewitness

Matthew 8:18 Jesus saw how large a crowd had gathered around him and told his disciples to take him to the other side of the lake.
Mark 4:35 That evening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.”
Luke 8:22 One day, Jesus got into a boat with his disciples, saying, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” So they left.
King James

Matthew 8:18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.
Mark 4:35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
Luke 8:22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.

After the crowd dispersed, he climbed into a boat with the twelve. Other boats followed.

Eyewitness

Matthew 8:23 Then he climbed into a boat with his twelve disciples.
Mark 4:36 They dismissed the crowd and took him in their boat. Other boats followed.
Luke 8:22 One day, Jesus got into a boat with his disciples, saying, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” So they left.
King James

Matthew 8:23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
Mark 4:36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
Luke 8:22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.

Under smooth sailing, he went to sleep in the back of the boat, his head resting on a cushion. Soon afterward, a violent wind struck the lake, so the boat was nearly swamped by large waves crashing over the side. His disciples woke him, shouting, “Teacher. Teacher! Help us, or we are going to drown. Don’t you care that we are about to die?”

Eyewitness

Matthew 8:24–25 While he slept, a violent wind struck the lake and sent large waves crashing over the side. His disciples woke him, shouting, “Sir, help us, or we are going to drown.”
Mark 4:37–38 A violent wind struck the lake, so the boat was nearly swamped by large waves crashing over the side. Jesus was asleep in the back of the boat, his head resting on a cushion. His disciples woke him, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are about to die?”
Luke 8:23–24 Under smooth sailing, Jesus went to sleep. Soon afterward, a violent wind struck the lake, so the boat was nearly swamped by large waves crashing over the side. His disciples woke him, shouting, “Teacher. Teacher! Help us, or we are going to drown.” Standing, Jesus ordered the wind and waves to be still. Suddenly, the wind died and the waters became calm.
King James

Matthew 8:24–25 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
Mark 4:37–38 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
Luke 8:23–24 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.)

“Why are you so afraid? You have such weak faith.” Standing, Jesus rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Peace, be still.” Suddenly, the wind died and the waters became calm.

Eyewitness

Matthew 8:26 “Why are you so afraid? You have such weak faith.” Standing, Jesus ordered the wind and waves to be still. Suddenly, the wind died and the waters became calm.
Mark 4:39–40 Standing, Jesus rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Peace, be still.” Suddenly, the wind died and the waters became calm. “Why are you so afraid? You have such weak faith.”
Luke 8:24–25 His disciples woke him, shouting, “Teacher. Teacher! Help us, or we are going to drown.” Standing, Jesus ordered the wind and waves to be still. Suddenly, the wind died and the waters became calm. “Where is your faith?” he said. The disciples looked at one another with amazement. “What sort of man is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him.”
King James

Matthew 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
Mark 4:39–40 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
Luke 8:24–25 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

The disciples looked at one another with amazement. “What sort of man is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Eyewitness

Matthew 8:27 The disciples looked at one another with amazement. “What sort of man is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Mark 4:41 The disciples looked at one another with amazement. “What sort of man is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Luke 8:25 “Where is your faith?” he said. The disciples looked at one another with amazement. “What sort of man is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him.”
King James

Matthew 8:27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
Mark 4:41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Luke 8:25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.