Bruce N. Fisk
1. Strategic Texts
2. A Puzzling Episode
|6.45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Beth-sa'ida, while he dismissed the crowd.||14.22 Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds|
6.46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went
up on the mountain to pray. 6.47And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 6.48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them.
|14.23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 14.24 but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them.|
|And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 6.49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out; 6.50 for they all saw him, and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; have no fear."||14.25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 14.26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. 14.27 But immediately he spoke to them, saying, "Take heart, it is I; have no fear."|
|14.28 And Peter answered him, Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water." 14.29 He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; 14.30 but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me." 14.31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "O man of little faith, why did you doubt?"|
|6.51 And he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 6.52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.||14.32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 14.33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."|
Matthew's Miracle: A Closer Look
Beware of demanding that Matthew write history the way we today expect it to be written. The Gospels are not chronicles or dispassionate accounts or detached catalogs of events. Their authors want to persuade us of something!