Prayer and Praise.
Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praising God with music from Handel’s Messiah, ‘The Hallelujah Chorus’ at this link; ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoqxYqTNKmU
John 6:16-27 Jesus walks water.
16 When evening came, his talmidim (disciples) went down to the lake, 17 got into a boat and set out across the lake toward K’far-Nachum (Capernaum). By now it was dark, Yeshua (Jesus) had not yet joined them, 18 and the sea was getting rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 They had rowed three or four miles when they saw Yeshua (Jesus) approaching the boat, walking on the lake! They were terrified; 20 but he said to them, “Stop being afraid, it is I AM.” * see notes.
21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and instantly the boat reached the land they were heading for.
Because Jesus was walking on the water, they thought He was a ghost. After He spoke and was close by, they recognised Him.
22 The next day, the crowd which had stayed on the other side of the lake noticed that there had been only one boat there, and that Yeshua had not entered the boat with his talmidim, (disciples) but that the talmidim (disciples) had been alone when they sailed off.
23 Then other boats, from Tiberias, came ashore near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had made the b’rakhah (given thanks).
B’rakhah is a blessing, giving thanks to God for food, acknowledging God as the source. What we might call ‘grace’.
24 Accordingly, when the crowd saw that neither Yeshua nor his talmidim (disciples) were there, they themselves boarded the boats and made for K’far-Nachum (Capernaum) in search of Yeshua (Jesus).
Notes on 25-27 are in the next section… these verses are only included here as the passage overlaps.
25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
26 Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “Yes, indeed! I tell you, you’re not looking for me because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate the bread and had all you wanted!
27 Don’t work for the food which passes away but for the food that stays on into eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For this is the one on whom God the Father has put his seal.”
(Complete Jewish Bible)
John chooses miracles pointing to who Jesus is. In this instance, controlling the weather. The Name God gave for Himself in the ‘Old Testament’ was “I AM”. That is the name Jesus uses here in the original text.
* v. 20 note… The original text is translated by Messianic Jewish Rabbi David Stern as;- “Stop being afraid. It is I AM”. Many will immediately recognize that ‘I AM’ is a primary name for God. So we see that the original text gives a deeper meaning to Jesus’ statement than contemporary translations.
- Today’s Verse…
Who is Jesus? John 6:20
“Stop being afraid, it is I AM.” (Notice that the Jewish translation puts Jesus as saying; “… I AM”.)
- Today’s Challenge
The Disciples and Apostles revered Jesus for the Messiah who they now knew Him to be. There was no kind of “familiarity” or “matey-ness” that we often see in church. For example, music teams can often choose songs that draw attention to themselves, instead of helping others to worship. Matt Redman drew attention to this problem. He said that his song entitled ‘The Heart Of Worship’ is his song of repentance for doing exactly that. (You might also know it by the name ‘I’m sorry for the thing I’ve made it…’)
On the other hand, I once asked Graham Kendrick why his songs have longevity, like hymns. He replied that he writes hymns which are ‘congregationally friendly’. When you are in church singing, look around to see if the men in the church can sing the songs chosen. With hymns, men usually can; but with contemporary choruses chosen by the music team, men usually can’t. That is a very common tell-tale sign as to whether songs have been chosen to help to lead others in worshipping God – or not!
Encourage what is good by all means… but also discourage misdirected singing that draws attention away from God, towards the singing team instead. This is a subject I am all too familiar with.
“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23.
Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).
Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever; Amen.
- The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’ Especially Christians in Afghanistan who will now suffer under a Sharia government.)
- The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
- Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)
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