Last month, I reposted Kevin DeYoung’s thoughts on Jesus calming the storm, and ended with the question: Who is this man who commands the storms to cease? To my amazement, Desiring God posted a blog post titled ‘The One who stills the seas’ last week and provided the answer (not that I was expecting one). The writer, David Mathis, explained that the disciples in the boat with Jesus were filled with great fear precisely because they knew what the calming of the storm revealed of Jesus:
Knowing the Psalms, they must have known WHO it is that stills the seas.
- Psalm 65:7 identifies God as the one “who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves.”
- In Psalm 89:9, the psalmist ascribes this praise to Yahweh: “You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.”
- Psalm 93:4 asserts, “Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!”
- And Psalm 107:29 claims of Yahweh, “He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.”
The disciples are dreadfully disoriented because they are aware that the one who stills the seas is Yahweh (Jehovah God) himself. Stilling the seas doesn’t reveal Jesus to be a mere miracle-worker with extraordinary powers, but Yahweh himself come in the flesh. God is in the dinghy with them.
Jesus is God.