Revelation 21:1 boldly proclaims that in the new heaven and new earth there will be no sea. To determine the significance of this statement, the Near Eastern background must be explored. How is the sea portrayed in the stories about Noah and Jonah? Read Ps 104:5–9. What was the importance of the boundary that God set? What then is the significance of Jesus calming the sea in Matt 8:23–27 and walking over the sea like dry ground in Matt 14:22–33?
Re 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
Ps 104:5 He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved. Ps 104:6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. Ps 104:7 At your rebuke they fled; at the sound of your thunder they took to flight. Ps 104:8 The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place that you appointed for them. Ps 104:9 You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth.
Mt 8:26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. Mt 8:27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
Mt 14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.
 Deppe, D. B. (2011). All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible (191). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
Published on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 4:43 AM CDT