Messiah in Rosh HaShanah II & Chanukkah II Chapter 20

  1. The Messiah Walks on the Water (the Fifth Sign)
  2. The Storm came just as the Sun went down
  3. “It is I. Do not be afraid!”
  4. “Rabbi, when did you get here (ahead of us) at Capernaum?”

The Messiah Walks on the Water (the Fifth Sign):

Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Yeshua had not yet come to them. The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing. Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles (25-30 stadia), they saw Yeshua walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going. The next day the crowd that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there, except one, and that Yeshua had not entered with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples had gone away alone. There came other small boats from Tiberias near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks. So when the crowd saw that Yeshua was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Yeshua. When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?”

The Storm came just as the Sun went down:

After the feeding of the 5,000 men (and approximately 5,000 women and children) the Master compelled His disciples to go down the mountain to the lake, get into the boat, and transit by sea from Bethsaida to the Messiah’s home in Capernaum. [Both villages are at the north end of the Sea of Galilee.] Just as the disciples got underway in the boat the sun went down and the wind picked up. “The sea began to be stirred up and the strong wind suddenly became a life-threatening storm. The west wind, which often picks up at evening on the Sea of Galilee, caught the disciples in the open water. They were headed directly into it and found themselves making little progress. They were straining at the oars. While the Messiah remained up in the hills praying, He was fully aware of what was happening to His disciples on the lake. The Sea of Galilee is notable for its sudden and severe storms. When the disciples had rowed about three or four miles (25-30 stadia) they were left exhausted and stranded in the middle of the lake. Then suddenly they were terrified to see a figure walking on the water. At first they thought the figure was a ghost. Then they saw that the figure was the Messiah Yeshua walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they (still) were frightened. This miracle of the Messiah walking on the water of the Sea of Galilee occurred in the fourth watch of the night, that is between 3 and 6 o’clock in the morning. Just as the Messiah came to the boat He said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid!” So the men were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

“It is I. Do not be afraid!”

The clause ‘It is I” is literally I AM, and it was used by the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of Adonai dwelling within the Messiah with a strong spiritual intent. In this setting it means that Adonai (G-d) was speaking through the Messiah (man) to Identify Himself as being fully resident (ELOHIM-Bethel) within His Son (Bethel). When the disciples recognized the Messiah Yeshua, they welcomed him into the boat. By the words “immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going” another miracle is disclosed. The miracles of the land and the sea reveal that the Messiah is the Provider (Bread of Life) and the Protector (Preserver of Life against the Storm). These two truths are expounded further in the meta-narrative of the next chapter (Words to the People, Am Israel). Messiah is the Savior of All Adam-Humankind (HaMoshia l’chol Adam) who intercedes for, nurtures, and protects His own. The Good Shepherd intervenes in our times of trouble and brings us to safety. The next day (the morning and afternoon following the Storm) the dismissed crowd that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there (at Bethsaida), except one, and that Yeshua had not entered with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples had gone away alone. There came other small boats from Tiberias near to the place where they ate the bread after the Messiah had given thanks. So (early in the morning) when the crowd saw that Yeshua was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Yeshua. When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, ‘Rabbi, when did You get here?’”

“Rabbi, when did you get here (ahead of us) at Capernaum?”

In the morning, while the Messiah and His disciples were in Capernaum, the crowd of thousands of Yehudim who had been fed were still on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. They saw the Messiah did not get into the boat which was there. But since He did not get into the boat, the crowd supposed that He had stayed in the area. After some time in the morning had elapsed the crowd realized that the Messiah was no longer there. Some boats from Tiberias landed, so the people decided to use those fishing and merchant boats to seek the Messiah in the Capernaum region. When the people found the Messiah, they asked Him, “Rabbi when did you get here?” This question introduces the Messiah’s next long discourse in Capernaum. However. the Salvation of Adonai never did explain how or when He crossed the lake, for His walking on the water was a private sign (miracle) for only His disciples to know. TO BE CONTINUED SPRING 2018.

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