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MATER; AND ERE, IS MIRAC John vi. 14-21.


LAKE. Matt. xiv. 22-33. Mark vi. 45–52. John vi. 14-21.

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Jno. vi. 14. The men Mt. xiv. 25—.7. Mk. vi. 48–50. Jno. vi. 19, 20. Jesus who had seen the miracle of feeding the five thou-comes to them walking on the sea.' The disciples sand with five barley loaves and two fishes, conclude | are alarmed at the appearance, but Jesus says to that Jesus is that prophet that should come into the them, Be of good cheer : it is I ; be not afraid.' world.'

- xiv. 28, .9.

Peter - xiv, 22. vi. 45.


asks, and obtains leave from Jesus, to walk to him on constrains his disciples 'to go before him,' by ship,

the water. "unto the other side.'

- xiv. 30, .1.


faith of the forward disciple begins to fail, but he is - xiv, 23.

vi. 46. - vi. 15. Having upheld by Jesus. perceived that the people would 'take him by force, to

- xiv. 32. - vi. 51, .2. - vi. 21. make him a king,' he separates himself from them,

The and goes into a mountain to pray.'

| disciple and his Master are received into the ship.

- xiv. 33. Jesus is, by those in the ship, con- xiv. 24. - vi. 47. - vi. 16-.8. It is fessed to be the Son of God.' The recent deliverance night, and the ship into which the disciples have makes a more powerful impression on their minds entered, is tossed amid darkness and storm.

I than did the preceding mercy.


No. 41. Jesus dismisses his disciples to Capernaum.
MATT. xiv, 224.4.
MARK vi. 45—7.

JOHN vi. 14 .7.
a Then those men, when they- 14
had seen the-miracle that Jesus
did, said, This is of-a-truth
that prophet that should-come

into the world.b
22 bAnd straightway Jesus 45 And straightway he-
constrained his disciples to constrained his disciples to-
get into a ship, and to-go- get into the ship, and to-go--

before him
unto the other-side,

to the other-side-before

unto Bethsaida, while he-sent

while he sentthe multitudes'-away.

away the people.d

d When-Jesus therefore - 15

perceived that they would SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATIONS. Jno. vi. 14. of a truth, &c.--see again ch. vii. 40, that should come - as by Moses, whose writings $ 55, of a truth this is the Prophet' - Jesus had be occupy the beginning of the Old Testament, the fore produced ample evidence to the truth of his Messiah had been promised as a prophet'-see above Messiahship, ch. v. 32–47, $ 23, pp. 179, .80 - and --so by Malachi, the last of the Old Testament prohad particularly adverted to his works, as of them phets, Christ is spoken of as he that should come, selves bearing sufficient witness, ver. 36—and see on ch. iii. 1, 2-see on Mk. i. 2, 3, § 7, p. 49, Behold, Lu. vii. 16, § 29, p. 222.

I send,' &c., Jno. iv. 25, § 13, p. 94, and on Lu. iv.

43, therefore am I sent,' & 18, p. 115-'Art thou that prophet-the prophet spoken of by Moses, who he that should come?' Mt. xi. 3, § 29, pp. 222, ..3— was to be, in respect to the new covenant, what Moses He that cometh in the name of the Lord' the himself was with regard to the old, De. xviii. 15.8 prophet of Nazareth of Galilee,' ch. xxi. 9-11, § 82.

that prophet,' which the Baptist was not, but of Mt. xiv. 22. constrained his disciples, fc.-he thus whom he testified, Jno. i. 21-7, S 10, pp. 68, .9, of took measures to prevent their being led into the whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write,' temptation of joining with the multitudes in disver. 45-see Scrip. Illus.' $ 10, p. 72-see Ac. iii. 22, .3. orderly efforts to make him a king-see on Jno. vi. 15.

NOTES. Jno. vi. 14. That prophet. The wonderful works opía, or doian opra, as not merely St. John, ver. 16, that were done by Jesus, and which they had lately but St. Matthew, ver. 23, and St. Mark, ver. 47, also, witnessed in his ministry among them, not only in clearly imply that it was. Meanwhile our Lord himGalilee, but in the desolate region where they had self withdrew to the mountain; and either persuaded seen him provide for the fainting multitude all that the assembled people to retire, or would be speedily he did, convinced them that he must indeed be that concealed from their observation by the shades of prophet' spoken of by Moses-see Scripture Illus- night.'-Greswell, Vol. II. Diss. xxiii. p. 349. trations,' supra. The phrase is one by which the ex

Jno. vi. 15. When Jesus therefore perceived, &c. They pected Messiah was commonly designated.

were satisfied by the miracle that he was the Messiah. Mk. vi. 45. To the other side before unto Bethsaida. They judged by his works that he was the King, fore• Jesus was still in the desert place belonging to the told in the prophets, that should sit upon the throne city called Bethsaida, on the eastern side of the sea, of his father David. Jesus knew that he must first and he dismissed his disciples unto the other side, suffer and enter into his glory, and his hour was not i.e., to Bethsaida in Galilee, the site of which was inyet come. Christ had come into the world for a very the region of Gennesaret, between Capernaum and different purpose than to be a king such as these the southern extremity of the lake. The time of men expected, an earthly sovereign seeking mainly their departure would not be earlier than the second worldly advantages for his subjects.




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SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATIONS. Jno. vi. 15. by force-Jesus would not that Peter that in the place [or, instead of that] where it was should use force even in his defence, Mt. xxvi. 52, 3, said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall 888-and he said unto Pilate, My kingdom is not of be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God. this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then Then shall the children of Judah and the children of would my servants fight, that I should not be de- Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves livered to the Jews : but now is my kingdom not one head, and they shall come up out of the land: from bence.'Jno. xviii. 36, 8 90and the Apostle of the for great shall be the day of Jezreel,' Ho. L 10,.l. Gentiles saith, The weapons of our warfare are not p. (30)-Christ came not to head men in rebellion carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down | against God, and in enmity to one another, but to of strong holds ; casting down imaginations, [or, rea- reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, sonings,) and every high thing that exalteth itself Eph. ii. 16-and by bis example to teach us forgiveness against the knowledge of God,' 2 Co. X. 4, 5.

and love, iv. 32; v. 1,2-His type Melchisedec, 'first make him a king-it was to this end he was born, being by interpretation King of righteousness, and ch. xviii. 37, § 90-it was promised to Mary when after that also King of Salem, which is King of his birth was foretold, 'the Lord God shall give unto peace,' He. vii. 2. him the throne of his father David: and he shall into a mountain himself alone- he was there alone,' reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of bis Mt. xiv. 23—' alone on the land,' Mk. vi. 47-he had kingdom there shall be no end,' Lu. i. 32, .3, § 2, previously gone up into a mountain, with his disp. 10_but it was on account of worldly advantage ciples.' Jno. vi. 3. & 40, p. 311. that these men sought to make him king-it was be

Mt. xiv. 23. apart to pray-this was our blessed cause they did eat of the loaves, and were filled'-see Jno. vi. 26, § 43, p. 325-and 'the kingdom of God is not

Lord's usual practice-as before the transfiguration, meat and drink ; but righteousness, and peace, and

Lu. ix. 28, § 51-see on Lu. iii. 21, & 8, p. 59, and Mk. joy in the Holy Ghost,' Rom. xiv. 17-Our Lord stated

i. 35, § 18, p. 114-thus he taught his disciples, Mt. vi. the order in which things are to be sought: it is the

6, § 19, p. 131-the Son is invited to ask his kingdom reverse of that of these men-Seek ye first the king

of the Father, Ps. ii. 7, 8, p. (7)-as the Son of man, dom of God, and his righteousness; and all these

and as coming in the clouds of heaven, he will be things shall be added unto you,' Mt. vi. 33, & 19, p. 136

given possession of a universal and an everlasting -the manifestation of the sons of the living God'

dominion, Da. vii. 13, .4, p. (37). and the acknowledgment of Christ as the King of 24. tossed with waves-a fit representation of popuIsrael, are connected events-' it shall come to pass, lar instability, as contrasted with the throne estab

NOTES. Jno. vi. 15. Into a mountain. To opos. Not a moun. 15, $ 40, p. 311, denotes no more than that it was about tain, but the mountain,-namely, that mountain on three; what is said here implies, that it was after which he had lately fed the five thousand, in the same sunset. At the first of these evenings the disciples desert of Bethsaida, a part of that range by which the desire Jesus to dismiss the multitude, for the day was lake of Gennesaret is encircled on all sides.

declining, heEato klivery, it began to decline, Lu. ix. 16. And when even was now come. The words Ofías

12, S the second of them Jesus is left alone, de yevanévns sometimes import the time from the de- and his disciples were got to sea. clining of the sun, and sometimes the time beginning 17. Toward Capernaum. This agrees with Mk. vi. at sun-setting, or when it began to be dark; the one 45, 'to the other side before unto Bethsaida ;' for these was called the first evening, the other the latter even places were contiguous, and on the western shore of ing, when the sun is setting. What is said, Mt. xiv. I the lake. See on Mk. vi. 45, p. 317.

PRACTICAL REFLECTIONS. [Mt. xiv. 23; Jno. vi. 14, .5. It is not enough that! [Mt. xiv. 24; Mk. vi. 47. The disciples of Jesus, Jesus is acknowledged as a Prophet; he must be seen after having experienced his goodness and power in as the Priest, before he will allow himself to be pro providing for them, are not unfrequently subjected claimed the King of Israel.]

to the trial of their faith, and are tossed with the Let us follow the example of our Lord, who would

waves, while Jesus does not come to them; but let not allow his more active engagements in minis

them endure unto the end, and they will doubtless tering blessing to others to prevent his private com.

experience his delivering power.) munnion with the Father.

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vesus walks upon the water; and empowers Peter to do the same : the ship in which the

disciples were is miraculously transported across the lake.*
Matt. xiv. 25–33.
MARK vi. 48–52.

JOHN vi. 18-21.
And the sea arose dinyer-18
peto by reason of-a-great

wind that-blew.
48 bAnd he-saw them toiling
Basavicouevovs in rowing;
for the wind was contrary

So when-they-had-rowed 19
about five-and-twenty or

thirty furlongs,
25 And in-the-fourth watch d and about the fourth watch
of-the night

of-the night
Jesus went unto them,
he-cometh unto them,

they-see Jesus
walking on the sea. walking upon the sea,

walking on the sea,

& drawing nigh-unto the ship :/ and would have-passed by them. 26 And when the disciples'- 49 But when they'. saw him walking on the sea, saw him walking upon the sea, they-were-troubled, saying, they-supposed it-had-been It-is a-spirit partagua;

a-spirit pavraoua, and they-cried-out for fear.h

and cried-out:
50 k for they-all:-saw him,
and were-troubled.i

and they-were-afraid.



SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATIONS. lished in truth, Ps. xciii. (p. 70), The LORD reign- walking upon the sea---He'treadeth upon the waves eth,' &c.--the multitudes who had desired Christ for of the sea,' Job ix. 8– Thy way is in the sea, and thy their king, afterwards proved themselves to be only path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not as children tossed to and fro, and carried about known,' Ps. lxxvii. 194. He set bis right foot upon with every wind of doctrine,' Eph. iv. 14- clouds the sea, and his left foot on the earth,' Rev. x. 2. .... without water, carried about of winds,' Jude 12 I would have passed by them-so after his resurrec

see Jno. vi. 66, &c., & 43, p. 331. The disciples had tion, when he talked with the two disciples on their previously been tossed with the waves, when Jesus

way to Emmaus, 'they drew nigh unto the village, was with them in the vessel, but asleep, Mt. viii. 24, 5,

whither they went : and he made as though he would & 34, p. 266—now they had greater trial of their faith,

have gone further. But they constrained him,' Lu. for Jesus was not come to them,' Jno. vi. 17-but in

xxiv. 29, &c., 9 94-See also with regard to the two both instances, it was as following the command of

angels who came to Sodom, and by whom Lot was their Lord, they had been led into difficulties, and so

delivered from the destruction that befell ils wicked they had no occasion to fear, Mk. iv. 35, 40, Lu. viii.

and inhospitable inhabitants, Ge. xix. 2, &c. 22, & 34, pp. 2644.7; Mk. vi. 45, &c., p. 317.

Mt. xiv. 26. It is a spirit-80 when he appeared to Mk. vi. 48. saw them toiling, fc.-' the eyes of the

them after his resurrection, they were terrifled and LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open

affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit,' unto their cry,' Ps. xxxiv. 15— Like as a father pitieth

Lu. xxiv. 37, $ 95. his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. Mk. vi. 50. were troubled-s0 was Zacharias at the For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we appearance of Gabriel, who had come to him with are dust,' ciii. 13, .4, p. (30).

glad tidings, foretelling the birth of a son, Lu. i.

NOTES. Jno. vi. 19. Five and twenty or thirty furlongs. distinctly mentioned in Mk. xiii. 35, 8 86. Here the This would be probably about the centre of the lake; Arst watch began at six o'clock in the evening, and the wind being contrary, they toiled hard in rowing, continued till nine; the second commenced at nine, yet could make but little progress.

and ended at twelve, or midnight; the third lasted Mt. xiv. 25. The fourth watch. Anciently the Jews

from twelve to three and the fourth or morning divided the night into three watches, consisting of four

watch closed at six. hours each. The first, or beginning of the watches,' Walking on the sea. To walk upon the sea is made is mentioned in Lam. ii. 19; the middle walch,' in the property of God, which alone spreadeth out the Ju. vii. 19; and the morning watch,' in Ex. xiv. 24. heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea,' Job These three watches are also mentioned by various ix. 8. Feet-walking on the sea was the Egyptian profane writers.

hieroglyphic for impossibility. During the time of our Saviour, the night was (26. It is a spirit. párragua. A verbal from the dlvided into four watches ; a fourth watch having third person perf. pass. of parrafoval; for which been introduced among the Jews from the Romans, págua was often used by the classical writers, though who derived it from the Greeks. The four are all I dávraoua occurs in Plato. The Jews, like the ancients

PRACTICAL REFLECTIONS. Mk. vi. 48; Jno. vi. 19. Although the disciples must be awake, to watch his way in the sea, and his of Jesus may be toiling in rowing,' amid the raging footsteps in the mighty waters, and not allow him to sea, while the wind is contrary unto them, yet let pass by us unheeded.] them not despair; their Lord sees it all, and at

49, 50 ver. That which when beheld at a distance length they see him walking on the sea, and drawing occasions alarm, is not unfrequently found, upon nigh unto the ship.'

nearer approach, to be for deliverance; and hath in [Mk. vi. 48. If we would have the help of Jesus, we lit a voice, saying, •Be of good cheer: it is I; be not

* Greswell, Vol. II. Diss. xxiii. p. 349.




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SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATIONS. | 12, .3, § 1, p. 4, who should go before the face of the 30. save the wind boisterous, &c.-the Christian,

Lord,' ver. 76, § 3, p. 18and Mary, when the same amid the storms of life, should be less occupied with angel had come to her, saluting her as the woman of these, than as 'looking unto Jesus the author and whom the Messiah himself should be born, ver. 28, .9, finisher of our faith,' He. xii. 2-we should remem$ 2, p. 9-so the shepherds, when an angel had come ber that the LORD on high is mightier than the noise to proclaim to them the Saviour's birth, ch. ii. 8-11, of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the $ 4, p. 20.

sea,' Ps. xciii. 4. be of good cheer-30 did he say unto Paul when Öl in prison, after the apostle had been nearly torn to

I Lord, save me, &c.--80 the disciples cried, when in pieces amid the storm of conflicting parties at Jeru

a previous storm they awoke Jesus, Mt. viii. 25, $ 34. salem, Ac. xxiii. 11-and to the beloved disciple, p. 266-see the prayer of Jonah, ch. ii. 1-9, p. (28) when our Lord appeared to him, during his banish

and of the psalmist, Save me, O God; for the waters ment to Patmos, he said, Fear not; I am the first

are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and,

there is no standing: I am come into deep waters. behold, I am alive for evermore,' Rev. i. 17, .&see

where the floods overflow me,' Ps. Jxix. 1, 2- Send on Lu. i. 13, 81, p. 44'the Lord is with thee,''fear not,'

thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out &c., ver. 28, 30, $ 2, p. 9-and on Mt. ix. 2, § 22, p. 165.

of great waters, from the hand of strange children,' Mt. xiv. 27. it is 1, &c.-- Fear thou not; for I am

cxliv. 7. with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God:' &c., |

31. stretched forth his hand, &c.—this was He, of Is. xli. 10, .3, .4, p. (41)– Fear not: for I have re

whom Darid had sung,. He sent from above, he took deemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou

me; he drew me out of many waters,' 2 Sa. xxii. 17; art mine. When thou passest through the waters,

and to whom it can most rightfully be said, Thou I will be with thee,' &c., xliii. 1, 2, p. (27)- Therefore

rulest the raging of the sea : when the waves thereof my people shall know my name: therefore they shall

arise, thou stillest them,' Ps. lxxxix. 9, p. (50)-this is know in that day that I am he that doth speak: be

He for whom the inquiry will yet be made, “Where is hold, it is I,'ch. lii. 6, p. (45).

He... that led them by the right hand of Moses 28. bid me come, &c.--we may, without doubting, with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, do whatever the Lord commands, trusting to his to make himself an everlasting name? That led promise, 'As thy days, so shall thy strength be,' De. them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness. ixxiii. 25 of the truth of which promise, Paul had that they should not stumble?' Is. lxiii. 11-3, p. (56) experience, being able to say, I can do all things -and see on ver. 27, supra. through Christ which strengtheneth me,' Ph. iv. 13 at the same time we are not to pray to be led into i of little faith, &c.--So, before, to the disciples genetemptation, but rather the contrary, Mt. vi. 13, $ 19, rally, Why are ye fearful, o ye of little faith? ch. p. 133- see again Peter's impetuosity, Jno. xxi. 7, § 97. viii. 26, 34, p. 266.

NOTES. universally, believed in the existence of spirits clothed more ardour than his faith would justify. He was in human form, to which were applied the names afraid, therefore, when in danger, and sinking, cried párragua, Págua, and oldador. The term may here be again for help. Thus he was suffered to learn his rendered spectre, or apparition. That the Jews had own character, and his dependence on Jesus; a lesson then an opinion of hurtful spirits walking in the which all Christians are permitted to learn by dearnight, is evident from the LXX, who render from bought experience. the pestilence walking in darkness,' amo apá ymaros

1 28. If it be thou. Or, rather, since it is thou.' TVRÚMatos Duartopovou évov ev okóter, from the fear of the devils that walk in the night, kai dò dal povlov usoeu

| Peter did not doubt of its being his Master, or his Bprvow, and from the 'noon-day devil,' that which is

request would have been most absurd. in the Hebrew from the destruction at noon-day, 31. O thou of little faith, therefore didst thou doubt? Ps. xci. 6.]

This reproof was well calculated to convince Peter 28–31. And Peter answered, 8c. Here is an in- that it was according to the degree of his faith that stance of the characteristic ardour and rashness of he must rise or sink. And what he says to Peter, he Peter. He had less real faith than he supposed : says to all who waver in their belief.

PRACTICAL REFLECTIONS. afraid. Let us at length learn to dismiss all slavish [30, .1 ver. Let us less regard the boisterous wind, and superstitious fears, and with rejoicing place en than the power of Him whose word we obey. Lei tire confidence in the Lord.

us be strong in faith; but, that we may realize our Mt. xiv. 28, .9. Let us not attempt to place our

entire dependence upon Him, it is sometimes neces. selves in uncalled-for danger, even as going unto

sary that he not only put forth strength in us, but Jesus; but we may safely leave the vessel, to walk

that he put forth his hand to extricate us from upon the water, when Jesus bids us come.


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MATT. xiv. 32, .3.
Mark vi. 51, .2.

JOHN vi. 21.
of little-faith, wherefore didst-
thou-doubt Eis TI Ediotaras?

& Then they-willingly ndelov 21

received him into the ship :/ 321 And when they:-were- 51 And he-went-up unto them come into the ship, the

into the ship; and the wind ceased ekotugev."

wind ceased exonagev:

"and immediately the ship was at

the land whither they-went." 33 " Then they that were in the ship

came and worshipped him, saying, Of-a-truth thou-art the Son of God."

"and they-were-sore:-amazed Arav

εκ περισσου in themselves beyond-
52 measure, and wondered. For

they considered not the miracle
of ouveKav eri the loaves: for their
heart was hardened πεπωρωμενη.

SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATIONS. wherefore didst thou doubt Let him ask in faith, a truth that prophet that should come into the world, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a | Jno. vi. 14, p. 317. Now the disciples confess Jesus wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed,' &c., to be the Son of God' described in the above Psalm Ja. i. 6.

as the . Wonderful,' ver. 5-13-the Counsellor,' Jno. vi. 21. willingly received him-they seem to

144.84 The mighty God,' 19.-25- The everlasting have been afraid of him, till now that he had made

Father,' 2633The Prince of Peace,' 34.7_they himself known to them, and that in his saving power,

might well worship him, and that as addressing him Mt. xiv. 26–31, p. 320.

in the words of the same Psalm, Thou rulest the

raging,' &c., lxxxix. 9- see on ver. 31, p. 320, supra. Mk. vi. 51. and the wind ceased-s0 on a previous oc - See on 'Great,' Lu. i. 32, & 2, p. 10-- Son of God,' casion, when he rebuked the wind, and said unto the

35, ib. ; Mk. i. l, 87, p. 49; Jno. i. 31, § 10, p. 70-see sea, Peace, be still,' ch. iv. 39, $ 34, p. 266. Now were

also ch. v. $ 23, p. 175. literally fulfilled the words of the psalmist, 'He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are

Mk. vi. 52. considered not, tc.- see again ch. viii. still,' Ps. cvii. 29, p. (79).

17-21, § 48. Like ancient Israel, They soon forgat

his works, Ps. cvi. 13. Jno. vi. 21. the ship was at the land, fc.—' Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them

• The ox knoweth his owner, unto their desired haven,' Ps. cvii. 30, p. (ib.)

And the ass his master's crib:

But Israel doth not know, Mt. xiv. 33. Of a truth-the Son of God-of whom it

My people doth not consider,' Is. i. 3, p. (62). had been predicted, I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. He shall cry hardened even after his resurrection, Jesus had unto me, Thou art my Father, my God, and the Rock to upbraid them for their unbelief and hardness of of my salvation. Also I will make him my firstborn, heart,' ch. xvi. 14, $ 95—and the disciples of Christ higher than the kings of the earth,' Ps. Ixxxix. 257, still require to watch and strive against hardness of p. (50). The people had just before said, “This is of heart-Harden not your hearts,' &c., He. iii. 8-13.

NOTES. Jno. vi. 21. Immediately, &c. This was as much a, indeed so strong, that it is impossible for the English miracle as when he said, Peace, be still. And the language to express all their force. In comparison wind ceased, and there was a great calm,' Mk. iv. 39, with this miracle, even that of the loaves and fishes $ 34, p. 267

seems to have appeared pothing in the eyes of the

disciples; for St. Mark informs us, that they consiWhither they went. i. e., whither he had de dered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was spatched them before,' which place they were unable hardened;' but at the act of walking to them on the to reach, but through his guidance and power. sea for their deliverance, they were amazed beyond Bethsaida was in the region of Gennesaret, and there measure; they were overwhelmed and overcome with they landed-see Mt. xiv. 34, (Mk. vi. 53,1 $ 42, p. 322. this astonishing display of divine power, therefore

they instantly fell at the feet of Jesus, and worMk. vi. 51. Sore amazed in themselves beyond mea. shipped him; exclaiming, with devout awe, of a sure, &c. The words in the original are still stronger; I truth thou art the Son of God.']

PRACTICAL REFLECTIONS. After all the experience we have bad of the kind- Mt. xiv. 32, .3; Mk. vi. 51, .2. Kow wonderfully ness and power of our divine Redeemer, it may well forgetful men are of the deliverances the Lord effects; be said to us, as being ready to sink, thou of little and of the provision he makes for them! faith, wherefore didst thou doubt!

It is frequently thus with the disciples of Christ Let the eve of the believer, when in danger, be now. The Lord's marvellously sustaining them by steadily fixed upon Jesus. When Peter looked into dealing out to them from his bountiful hand their the boisterous sea, he began to sink; but by looking

daily bread, has less power to bring them on their unto Jesus, and crying unto him for help, he was

knees than his outstretched arm, as delivering them upheld.

from imminent peril. They require occasionally to

be brought into straits, in order that they may seo Let us not seek to make a vain display of the more distinctly the hand by which all their wants are strength of our faith, lest its weakness should, like hourly supplied.] Peter's, be thereby made apparent, and bring upon

Let us pray that we may be led into due considera. us reproach.]

tion, and that our hearts be not hardened amid the Jno. vi. 21. Although our Lord may occasionally displays of his goodness and power. give extraordinary means of conveyance, as well as Let us remember the mercies of the Lord which of sustenance, yet these are not to prevent the use are new every morning, and be thankful for the of ordinary means upon ordinary occasions. Jesus peace in which we are preserved; so that he may could give Peter power to walk upon the waves; yet have the less occasion to awaken us to consideration he used the ship in bringing him and his other dis- by painful alarms, in which we are forced to look at ciples to land.

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