Mk.4:39 – And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.
Storms, apparently, are just a way of life. Jesus seemed to be unaffected by them; just another opportunity for a nap on the boat. This passage always comes to my mind when storms come back on the horizon. As I read this passage again this week it struck me- was Jesus just speaking to the storm or was He also speaking to His me? This phrase in the original language is just a little too personal to be speaking to storms. He said to the storm “Shhhhhh or hush”. Maybe Jesus was Jesus telling His disciples, “Shhhh, everything is going to be okay. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this passage:
“He says, Peace, be still—Siopa, pephimoso—be silent, be dumb. Let not the wind any longer roar, nor the sea rage. Thus he stills the noise of the sea, the noise of her waves; a particular emphasis is laid upon the noisiness of them. The noise is threatening and terrifying; let us hear no more of it. This is, (1.) A word of command to us; when our wicked hearts are like the troubled sea which cannot rest ; when our passions are up, and are unruly, let us think we hear the law of Christ, saying, Be silent, be dumb. Think not confusedly, speak not unadvisedly; but be still. (2.) A word of comfort to us, that, be the storm of trouble ever so loud, ever so strong, Jesus Christ can lay it with a word’s speaking. When without are fightings, and within are fears, and the spirits are in a tumult, Christ can create the fruit of the lips, peace. If he say, Peace, be still, there is a great calm presently. It is spoken of as God’s prerogative to command the seas. By this therefore Christ proves himself to be God. He that made the seas, can make them quiet.”
I wonder if Jesus was really asleep that day, or any day for that matter; maybe He was just looking to see the response of His disciples. When Ida passed by this week was Jesus really asleep or was He just saying, “Shhhh, everything is going to be okay”? No, He’s not asleep, He is still the Captain of His church.