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Stilling The Storm

The Sea Of Galilee is actually a large freshwater lake through which the Jordan River flows (the Jordan enters at the north end of the Sea of Galilee, near where Jesus lived at Capernaum and exits at the south end from which it flows southward through The Jordan Valley to The Salt Sea). With a maximum depth of about 150 feet, the 13 miles long and 8 miles wide lake of Galilee can still be the scene of powerful storms that can happen suddenly when under certain conditions dry, cold air from the surrounding heights flow down to meet the moist, warmer air over the lake. It was just such a storm ("there came down a storm of wind on the lake," see below) that Jesus Christ miraculously calmed with His command "Peace, be still" (Mark 4:39 KJV)

"For He commandeth even the winds and water and they obey Him"

They set off to cross the lake when all was calm.

The Sea of Galilee

"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." (Luke 8:22 KJV)

Jesus was apparently very tired after a long day of travels and teaching. He fell into a deep sleep and didn't awaken even when the storm began.

"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." (Luke 8:23 KJV)

The disciples frantically woke Him, apparently to announce that they were all about to drown.

"And they came to Him, and awoke Him, saying, Master, Master, we perish." (Luke 8:24 KJV)

Jesus awoke, and first rebuked the storm.

"Then He arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm." (Luke 8:24 KJV)

He then rebuked His disciples for their lack of faith in God.

"And He said unto them, Where is your faith?" (Luke 8:25 KJV)

Their response "What manner of man is this" is a testimony that, while Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah and the Son of God, He was also a normal man.

"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." (Luke 8:25 KJV)

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