Lord of the Sea (14:22-33)

By providing for the crowds, Jesus showed himself greater than a human magician who could just heal some individuals or turn some stones into bread. At the least, Jesus was a prophet like Moses or Elisha (vv. 13-21; Ex 16:14-18; 2 Kings 4:42-44). But by treading on the sea, Jesus now takes a role that the Hebrew Bible had reserved for God alone (Job 9:8; see also Ps 77:19; Hab 3:15; Davies and Allison 1991:504). Nevertheless, as in an earlier storm scene, Matthew is interested here in teaching us not only Christology but also about the requisite faith for disciples (Mt 8:26). Of all the disciples, Peter alone begins to walk, but Jesus regards even his faith as less than what a disciple should have.

Bible Gateway Recommendations

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament
Retail: $35.00
Our Price: $22.49
Save: $12.51 (36%)
4.0 of 5.0 stars
Mark: IVP New Testament Commentary [IVPNTC]
Retail: $18.00
Our Price: $11.99
Save: $6.01 (33%)
4.0 of 5.0 stars
1-2 Thessalonians: IVP New Testament Commentary [IVPNTC] -eBook
Retail: $14.99
Our Price: $9.69
Save: $5.30 (35%)
View more titles