The Width and Depth of Scripture

Recently, I was humbled by the story of Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee.

I was humbled for the following reason:  I’ve read the Bible through, cover to cover, many times.  In various translations.  Additionally, I’ve “camped out” in particular books and/or passages for months at a time.  Finally, I’ve carefully studied and taught almost every book in the Canon.

Yet, each time I read the Bible, God shows me truth and principles I never before had seen!

Spurgeon wisely said,

“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture. The book widens and deepens with our years.”

Matthew, Mark and Luke all record this event. My spirit was arrested as I read through all three accounts and saw details and nuances each author recorded the other two didn’t.

There was so much that affected me. But here are just three:

  1. Mark records, “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.’” – 4:35
    • Biblical principle: Who led the disciples into the storm? Jesus! I think of Luke 4:1 where it says Jesus was “led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness” to be tempted by Satan.  I am reminded that faith is like a muscle. It only grows stronger when it is exercised.  And sometimes – to borrow imagery from a weight room – Jesus “puts more weight on the bar” to strengthen our faith.
  2. Matthew records, “Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake…” – 8:24
  3. 3) Mark records, “Suddenly, the wind stopped and there was great calm.” – 4:39

Oh, there’s so much more treasure in this story to mine!  But, may this bring you peace and hope and joy today. And the days to come.