Tuesday, July 17, 2012 4:39 AM

In the Fourth Watch of the Night

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 4:39 AM
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 4:39 AM

You may feel like that you are in a dark moment of your life. You may have prayed and no relief has come. We must remember that God is the God over all of the forces of nature, the God that hears and sees all, and He is also the God that reigns over a multitude of Angels to do His will. Given that we have such a God, than we know that it may not be until “the fourth watch of the night”, but He will come to calm the waters and winds of chaos.

Mk 6:48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, 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

 Did Jesus really mean to pass them by? Here is a quote that helps with an understanding of this verse.

“But right in the middle of these divine actions, Mark tells us that Jesus “was about to pass them by” (Mark 6:48c). I am sure the disciples’ hearts sank; maybe their master was no longer their friend. Perhaps Jesus would now continue his life journey without them. No! Here is where you need historical-grammatical exegesis. The terminology “to pass by” alludes back to the Old Testament narratives of Moses and Elijah. The imagery reveals a divine epiphany as indicated in Exod 33:19, 22; 34:6; and 1 Kgs 19:11–13.

Likewise, here in the middle of the night with the contrary wind halting any forward progress for the discipleship community, God himself is passing by and displaying his glory in the person of Jesus."[1]


[1] Deppe, D. B. (2011). All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible (288). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

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