Who Is This That Calms The Storm?

Who Is This That Calms The Storm?

Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25 and Matthew 8:23-27

In the article I would like to lay out the Divinity of Christ Jesus as I answer the rhetoric question of Who Christ Jesus is from Synoptic Gospels?

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
(Mark 4:35-41 ESV)

Out of a burning passion to learn the meaning of this event, why was it recorded? what is it for? and what can we learn from it?  I found myself in the depth and richness of Scriptures to which answers this Rhetoric question asked by Evangelists who wrote the Synoptic Gospels.

There is rich amount of context to verses  that I will use because I love filling my articles with Scriptures so that it would not be my opinions “thou say Prayson” is worthless but God’s own inspired words and authority “thou say the Lord” worth everything.

Moreover Context is the most important when we try to understanding the authors intended meaning.

I would encourage you to read the book of Job 29-42, and whole of Psalm chapters that I used in this article.(NB: LORD = Yahweh, Bold for emphasis)

Who is this that calms the Storm?

1. The God of Job

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Or who shut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb,
when I made clouds its garment
and thick darkness its swaddling band,
and prescribed limits for it
and set bars and doors,
and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?

(Job 38:1-11 ESV)

Giving you a summary of what is going on in Job 38, The Lord(Yahweh) is answering Job’s grumbling by powerful rhetoric questions. It is in verse 11 that lead me to answer the Evangelist’s question: Who is This that the wind and the sea obey

Who can rebuke the proud waves? Who can the tell then this is how far you shall come and no farther? And they obey?

Christ Jesus did exactly the same, he rebuke the proud waves, and still the wind and they obeyed.

Who is Christ Jesus that calms the wind and the sea? Who is this that calms the Storm?

Christ Jesus,The God of Job

2. The God of King David

When iniquities prevail against me,
you atone for our transgressions.
Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,
to dwell in your courts!
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
the holiness of your temple!
By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,
O God of our salvation,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas;
the one who by his strength established the mountains,
being girded with might;
who stills the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
the tumult of the peoples,

so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.
You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.
(Psalm 65:3-8 ESV)

How can I connect David’s Psalm 65 Yahweh to Christ Jesus in the Gospel?

Christ Jesus atoned our prevailing iniquities.By absorbing the wrath of his Father(Isaiah 53) Christ Jesus cursed and cruel death and resurrection took away our sins
Christ Jesus is the living water for never thirsting(John 4:14) and living bread for never hungry(John 6:35) thus the ultimate satisfaction.
Christ passion is the infinitely awesome deed, to which our Salvation and Hope of the whole world rest upon.

King David as the same rhetoric question as the evangelists namely who stills the roaring of the seas? Who calms the roaring of their waves and they obey?

Christ Jesus calms the roaring sea,Yahweh stills the roaring of sea waves and they obey.

Who is Christ Jesus that calms the wind and the sea? Who is this that calms the Storm?

Christ Jesus, the God of King David

3. The Lord God of hosts

Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,
a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all who are around him?
O LORD God of hosts,
who is mighty as you are, O LORD,
with your faithfulness all around you?
You rule the raging of the sea;
when its waves rise, you still them.

(Psalm 89:5-9 ESV)

Ethan The Exrahite’s Psalm 89 gives a summary of Second book of Moses; Exodus. In this Psalm The Lord God of hosts still the waves and the raging of the sea. Christ Jesus in the gospels does the same to which the disciple are in awe because they know who has power and authorize to rule over the raging of the sea and the stilling of the rising waves.

Who is Christ Jesus that calms the wind and the sea? Who is this that calms the Storm?

Christ Jesus, the Lord God of hosts.

4. The Reigning Yahweh:

The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty;
the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting.
The floods have lifted up, O LORD,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their roaring.
Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
mightier than the waves of the sea,
the LORD on high is mighty!

Your decrees are very trustworthy;
holiness befits your house,
O LORD, forevermore.
(Psalm 93 ESV)

Who is the Lord that throne is established from old, and he is from everlasting? The Son of God, Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God. From  John 8:58, Psalm 45:6 The Father speaking to the Son, telling him “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever …”  and Revelation 4-5 Christ Jesus is the Lord whose throne is established from old to everlasting.

Who is Christ Jesus who is mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea? Who is this that the wind and the sea obey? Who is this that calms the storm?

Christ Jesus, the Reigning Yahweh

5. O Yahweh, my God

He set the earth on its foundations,
so that it should never be moved.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they fled;
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass,
so that they might not again cover the earth.
(Psalm 104:5-9 ESV)

Verse 1 tells us that  “He” here is O LORD my God. So the context allow me to interchange He to O Yahweh my God.

O Yahweh my God set the earth on its foundations. O Yahweh my God at your rebuke the waters, the mountains and the valley obey. O Yahweh my God at your rebuke the waters would not cover the earth again(Noah Story in mind).

What I want you to get from these verse is the rebuking and the obeying of the waters, mountains and valleys. Christ Jesus rebuked the wind and the sea and they obeyed.

Who can rebuke the wind and the sea? Who is this that calms the storm?
Christ Jesus, O Yahweh my God.

6. The God At The Red Sea

Our fathers, when they were in Egypt,
did not consider your wondrous works;
they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
that he might make known his mighty power.
He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry,
and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
So he saved them from the hand of the foe
and redeemed them from the power of the enemy.
(Psalm 106:7-10 ESV)

The Authors of the Gospel are familiar the story of the God at the Red Sea at the times of Moses. The Might God who divided the sea and made way for his chosen people. With this in there mind they ask who is this Jesus that he has might power to still the winds and the waters? Who is he that can redeem them from the proud waves which threaten their lives as the “I AM” at the Red Sea?

Who is this that can redeem us? Who is this that calms the storm?
Christ Jesus, The God At The Red Sea

7. Yahweh of Psalm 107( The Proof To The Last Doubting Thomas)

Some were fools through their sinful ways,
and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
they loathed any kind of food,
and they drew near to the gates of death.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destruction.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!
Some went down to the sea in ships,
doing business on the great waters;
they saw the deeds of the LORD,
his wondrous works in the deep.
For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
which lifted up the waves of the sea.
They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;
their courage melted away in their evil plight;
they reeled and staggered like drunken men
and were at their wits’ end.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
(Psalm 107:17-32 ESV)

This is the Psalm which clearly stand by itself answering that Christ Jesus is Yahweh who still the wind and the sea. He is the one who commands and raises the stormy wind which lifts the sea. Psalm 107 is Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25 and Matthew 8:23-27. The Last Proof to the last doubting Thomas.

Who is this that can redeem us? Who is this that calms the storm?
Christ Jesus, Yahweh of Psalm 107

Summary:

From this article we can conclude from the Scriptures that Christ Jesus is The God of Job, The God of King David, The Lord God of hosts , The Reigning Yahweh ,O Yahweh, my God ,The Lord God of hosts ,Yahweh of Psalm 107

So What?

Much can be said about Jesus, but at the bottom of every road comes a question, what does this have to do with us Today? So What? For the love of self reasoning I will pause Rhetoric questions which will help you reason by yourself who Jesus is.

  1. Who is Christ Jesus in your life?
  2. Who is he that can calm the Wrath of God?
  3. Who is he that can bear your sins?

Who Is This That Calms The Storm?

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