Walking on the Water
34 total verses: Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:15-21
Brief description of action taking place or point being made
93. Jesus prays alone in Matthew 14:22-23; Mark 6:45-47; John 6:15
94. Jesus walks on water in Matthew 14:24-27; Mark 6:48-52; John 6:16-21
95. Peter walks on water, then sinks in Matthew 14:28-33
96. Healings in Gennesaret in Matthew 14:34-36; Mark 6:53-56
1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?
Specific questions on this passage
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Broader outline of each section of passage
Matthew 14:22-23; Mark 6:45-47; John 6:15. It’s very interesting how John tells a very different story than Matthew and Mark. John says that Jesus retreated to the mountain when they were going to come and make him king. The other accounts say that it was so that he could pray. Maybe there was a concern that they would forcefully make him king, but the main reason for going up to the mountain was to pray (and maybe one of the topics was about whether and how to avoid being forcefully made king).
Matthew 14:24-27; Mark 6:48-52; John 6:16-21. After Jesus finished praying, he went to join the disciples, who were still at sea, because the wind was against them. This was sometime between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. In order to catch up with them, he was actually walking on the water. When the disciples saw him, they were afraid, thinking it was a ghost. But Jesus assured them it was him.
Matthew 14:28-33. So Peter called out and asked if Jesus would invite him to walk on the water, too, which Jesus did. At first, Peter did okay, but then he began to doubt, and began to sink, and cried out to Jesus. Jesus grabbed him, and the got into the boat, and then the wind ceased. This led them all to worship him.
Matthew 14:34-36; Mark 6:53-56. When Jesus and his disciples landed and got out of the boat, the people recognized Jesus and ran and brought sick people so that Jesus could heal them. Many scholars think this is the same area where the man with Legion (two thousand demons) had been, and this was a radically different reception than last time, when they asked Jesus to leave.
My favorite passage and other random thoughts
The line I liked best was in Matthew 14:29, and says, “Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus” (ESV) This is awesome! Peter had amazing faith to get out of the boat in the middle of really rough seas and howling wind, and not only that, he had faith to walk on the water — and he actually did! He actually walked on water! People remember him for sinking and needing to be rescued, but I will remember him for getting out of the boat and walking on water.