Text: Mark 4:35-41 and Mark 5:1-20
Events: The wind and waves obey Jesus, Jesus heals a demon-possessed man
Mark 4:39 “Peace, be still!” The word used for peace here is translated “hush”. Be still is translated “muzzled”. I like how the MSG bible puts the next phrase, “The wind ran out of breath and the sea became smooth as glass.” Whatever wind or wave we face today, God can silence all the noise that sometimes seems like it could drown us. Some of the things we face don’t need to be battled, they just need to be silenced.
Mark 4:40 “How is it that you have no faith?” The term Jesus used here for “no faith” can be translated to mean “little faith” or “undeveloped faith”. Fear can only thrive in the absence of faith. Our faith is not in circumstances, our faith is placed in the character and the nature of Who God is. But notice they addressed Him as Teacher. They still didn’t fully know who Jesus was.
Mark 4:41 “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?” Jesus didn’t exert power to calm the wind and waves, He did it with authority, as indicated by the word “obey”.
Mark 5:2 “there met Him out of the tombs a man” In Matthew’s account, we read it was two men that came out to meet Him. Mark is probably focusing on the more violent of the two men.
Mark 5:6 “when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshipped Him” Though the physical strength of this man had progressively increased, evidently due to the demons’ increasing hold on him, the demons recognized Jesus as their superior. Spiritual authority trumps any other type of strength.
Mark 5:9 “Legion, for we are many” A legion of soldiers is anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 Roman soldiers.
Mark 5:15 “sitting and clothed and in his right mind” There is somewhat of a parallel I see here in Jesus calming the wind and waives and healing this man. The crazy chaos of what was before was now calm and controlled.
Today’s Takeaway: Consider any situation that may be going on in your life that feels crazy, chaotic, noisy, windy, unpredictable, unsettled, restless, anxious, stormy. If it has any resemblance to any of those characteristics, what we have to recognize is that it is not of God. But if the enemy can get us so distracted thinking we need to be running all over the place, trying to put out every single fire that pops up, or trying to scoop the water out of our boats one bucket at a time, he knows we’ll end up exhausted, unproductive, frustrated and that we’ll take our eyes and energy off what we’re really here to do. Today, ask God to first give you peace about that situation. Ask that He would muzzle the chaos and noise so that you can hear Him better. And ask that He will give you the direction you need for your next steps.
Additional (optional) reading: The parallel accounts of these events can be found in Matthew 8:23-34 and Luke 8:22-39