MASTER OF THE SEA

MUSINGS – October 06 2018

MASTER OF THE SEA

Mark 4:35-41
That evening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus along in a boat just as he was. Other boats were with him. A violent windstorm came up. The waves were breaking into the boat so that it was quickly filling up. But he was sleeping on a cushion in the back of the boat. So they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to die?” Then he got up, ordered the wind to stop, and said to the sea, “Be still, absolutely still!” The wind stopped blowing, and the sea became very calm. He asked them, “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith yet?” They were overcome with fear and asked each other, “Who is this man? Even the wind and the sea obey him!”
Squire Enos Parsons Jr. wrote a gosple song, based on this scripture passage. In it he answers the question that the disciple asked, “Who is this man?” He is the “Master of the Sea,”*

The disciples did not yet fully understand why was in their boat with them. For he is more than master of the sea, he aker of the sea.** Of course he could calm the sea with a word because he is the Word made flesh. (John 1:14)

The author of John’s gosple was well aware of this traditional Jewish understanding of the Messiah Memra–the Word of Yahweh. Within the Old Testament, many times it is said that work done by the Lord was done by that Word of the Lord, whom we call Jesus the Christ our Lord.

I’m so glad that Parsons wrote, “Though the storms of life may rage
Mighty billows round you roll
Then He can calm life’s troubled sea
Oh as He did in days of old.”

When the storms of life rage in your life, take heart that the Master has promised “I am always with you until the end of time.” (Matthew 28:20)

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*Master of the Sea
One night upon the sea
A ship was tossing to and fro
Breakers dashed on every hand
Angry winds around did blow
All on board were filled with fright
As the mighty billows rolled
Then they called upon the one
Who the winds and waves controlled
Chorus
When He reaches out His hand
Billows cease at His command (His command)
Winds and waves obey His will
When He says to them be still
What man is this they all did say (They did say)
That the winds and sea obey (sea obey)
He’s the one who sails with me
Oh He’s still the Master of the sea (of the sea)
Though the storms of life may rage
Mighty billows round you roll
Then He can calm life’s troubled sea
Oh as He did in days of old
And as upon life’s sea you sail
Why don’t you trust in Him who’s never ever failed
I’m so glad He sails with me
Oh He’s still the Master of the sea
Chorus
Tag:
I’m so glad He sails with me
He’s the Master of the sea.

**Genesis 1:1-2
In the beginning God created heaven and earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The Spirit of God was hovering over the water.

And

John 1:1-3
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was already with God in the beginning. Everything came into existence through him. Not one thing that exists was made without him.P

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