A heads up

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When I read the prologue in the Book of Mark in my Study Bible, it mentions Mark emphasizes the failure of the disciples and how they don’t understand the parables, etc. And as I’m making my way through the verses… I’m concluding that might be a bit harsh, because the parables are extremely difficult to immediately understand without explanation…and…I gotta say…

If one my loved ones told me, “Hey, get in the boat” and I’ll meet up with you later. And later comes, and we need to go back and pick them up, but we’re going against the wind, which is making our progress slow. And then we witness them or something like an apparition off in the distance…walking on the water surface toward us…I would have done one of two things after first pointing and asking “What is that?”

A) I, too, would have been frightened like the others because, that defies gravity and I would have looked to hide somewhere on that boat. I dunno, thrown a blanket over my head and whispered, “You don’t see me. Pass us by,” while seriously considering pushing one of the boatmates overboard as a distraction for the image coming toward us (sorry brother, I panic like that)

OR

B) Be completely calm, impressed, intrigued and exclaim, “Hey, over here! neat trick! How are you doing that! Let me see! And where you goin’?”

It’s really difficult to say how I would have reacted. I could have gone either way. Big 50/50. So, it’s understandable the disciples were shaking in their boots or in this case, sandals. A warning would have been good…”so guys, I can do this thing, just giving you a heads up to not startle you.”


48 Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. 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.”

NKJV – Mark 6:48-50

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