Matthew 14:22-36

Sunday, March 12th, 2017




The destiny of the King includes the narrative about Jesus (13:54 - 17:27), the meaning and greatness of forgiveness (18:1-35), and the concluding statement, (1) And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan. (2) And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there (19:1-2).


The narrative about Jesus began with His last visit to Nazareth (13:54-58); and in our last session we studied Jesus’ hearing of the murder of John the Baptist (14:1-14) and His feeding of the five thousand (14:15-21). In this message, we will see Jesus walking on the water (14:22-33) and His healing the sick in Gennasaret (14:34-36). I have entitled this message With Jesus in the Will of God.

We see –

    I.     JESUS WALKING ON THE WATER – 14:22-33


We note that –



Matthew 14:22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.


And straightway is and immediately.


Jesus constrained his disciples suggests Jesus urged His disciples or Jesus pressed His disciples.


To get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side is to embark in the boat and to go before Him unto the other side (of the Sea of Galilee).


While he sent the multitudes away is while He dismissed the crowds (or the people). These were the 5,000 plus people He had fed with the little boy’s lunch.


We also note that –



Matthew 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.


And when he had sent the multitudes away suggests and after He (i.e. after Jesus) had sent the crowds away or after He had dismissed the crowds.


He (i.e. Jesus) went up into a mountain apart to pray is He went up into the mountain to pray by Himself (or to pray privately).


And when the evening was come suggests evening having come or after evening had come.


Evening refers to the period between late afternoon and darkness.


He was there alone indicates that no one was with Him.


There suggests in that place and refers to the place where He had gone in the mountain to pray.


In addition, we note that –



Matthew 14:24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.


But introduces a statement in mild contrast to he was there alone.


The ship is the small boat on which the disciples had embarked to go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.


The tense of was indicates ongoing action in past time.


Now suggests already.


In the midst of the sea is in the middle of the sea (i.e. in the middle of the Sea of Galilee) and implies that they were not close to the shore.


Tossed with the waves suggests harassed by the waves.


For introduces the reason the boat was being tossed by the waves: the wind was contrary.


It means that the wind was against them or the wind was contrary to them.


Next, we note that –



Matthew 14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.


Somewhere between 3:00 and 6:00 a.m. Jesus came to His disciples walking on the water.


The disciples had started heading toward the other side of the Sea of Galilee before evening came.


The first watch of the night was from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.; the second watch was from 9:00 p.m. to midnight; and the third watch was from midnight to 3:00 a.m. They were now in the fourth watch, somewhere after 3:00 a.m.


The disciples were right where Jesus had sent them at this time. It means that at this time they were exactly where they were supposed to be and doing exactly what they were supposed to be doing. They were in the will of God, and within the will of God they experienced a big trial. You and I will likewise experience trials in our lives while living in the will of God. Notice that, although it may have seemed like their circumstance was out of God’s control, it never was. What was the purpose of their trial? We really don’t know everything God had in mind, but it seems that at the very least He was teaching them to learn to trust Him more fully. Notice that they were not delivered instantly from their trial. Jesus let the trial go on for quite a while. However, it must have seemed like an eternity to them.


And Jesus went unto them is and Jesus went away to them. He left wherever He had been and went to wherever His disciples were on the Sea of Galilee.


Walking on the sea indicates how Jesus went to the disciples. He was walking on the surface of the Sea of Galilee.


Matthew 14:26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.


The disciples are the group of men Jesus had told to get in the boat and go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.


What they saw him (i.e. what they saw Jesus) doing was walking on the sea (i.e. walking on the surface of the Sea of Galilee).


They were troubled suggests the disciples were frightened (or terrified).


The tense of saying indicates that its action was ongoing or repeated and is understood in the sense of and were saying or and kept saying.


What they were repeatedly saying was, It is a spirit, i.e., It is an apparition or, It is a ghost.


And they cried out for fear implies that they made a vehement outcry in the sense of and they screamed (or shrieked) in fear.


Matthew 14:27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.


Jesus immediately identified Himself and told His disciples to take courage and stop being afraid.


But straightway is but immediately or but at once.


Jesus spake unto them is Jesus spoke to them (i.e. Jesus spoke to His disciples).


Saying introduces what Jesus said.


Be of good cheer, i.e. take courage, be courageous, or don’t be afraid.


It is I is literally I am and is a reminder of Exodus 3:13-14 ,


Exodus 3:13-14 – (13) And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? (14) And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.


By making this statement Jesus is claiming to be Jehovah.


The tense of be not afraid implies that they were already afraid and needed to stop being afraid.



Moreover, we note that –

            E.  PETER WALKED ON THE WATER TO JESUS – 14:28-31


Matthew 14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.


At that time Peter, assuming that it really was Jesus, asked Jesus to command him to come to Him on the water.


And Peter answered him and said is, And answering Peter said to Him.


If it be thou is a simple condition whose structure indicates that, for sake of discussion, it is assumed to be true. If is, therefore, understood in the sense of assuming that.


If it be thou is assuming that You are and implies assuming that You are (the One referred to as I am).


Bid me come unto thee on the water is the conclusion of this conditional statement.


Bid me is order me or command me.


Come unto thee on the water is to come to You on the water.


Matthew 14:29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.


And he said means and Jesus said.


What He said is, Come and implies come to Me by walking on the water.


When Peter was come down out of the ship is understood in the sense of after he came down from the boat.


Walked on the water, to go to Jesus is walked on the water to come to Jesus.


Whether Peter was coming to Jesus from the boat or going from the boat to Jesus depends on your perspective. The terminology used would be the same either way.


How far or how long he walked on the water is not stated, but it does not seem to be too far or too long.



Matthew 14:30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.


All of a sudden Peter noticed the strong wind, became afraid, began to sink, and cried out to the Lord to save him.


But introduces a statement in mild contrast to Peter’s getting out of the boat to walk to Jesus.


When he saw the wind boisterous is understood in the sense of upon seeing the wind violent.


He (i.e. Peter) was afraid suggests he became frightened.


And beginning to sink is after he began to sink or because he began to sink.


He (i.e. Peter) cried is used of loud speaking in the sense of he called out.


Saying introduces what Peter said: Lord, save me. You can safely assume that Peter did not waste a lot of time before calling on the Lord to save him!


His addressing Jesus as Lord recognizes Jesus’ sovereignty.


Save me implies save me from drowning.


Inasmuch as Peter was sinking, he did not hesitate to get right to the point!


Matthew 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Jesus immediately rescued Peter and asked why he had doubted.


And immediately is and at once.


Jesus stretched forth his hand is understood in the sense of Jesus having stretched forth (His) hand.


Caught him (i.e. caught Peter) suggests took hold of him.


And said unto him means and says to Peter.


Jesus addresses Peter as O thou of little faith, i.e. (one) of little trust.


Wherefore? is for what? or why?


Didst thou doubt is did you doubt (or did you waver).


We furthermore note that –



Matthew 14:32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.


And when they (i.e. when Peter and Jesus) were come into the boat is understood in the sense of when they got into the boat and suggests at the same time they got into the boat.


The wind ceased is the wind stopped (or abated).


Finally, we note that –



Matthew 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.


The experience furthered the disciples’ faith and their recognition of Jesus as the Messiah.


Then they that were in the ship is simply the ones in the boat.


Came and worshipped him suggests came and did homage to Him or came and reverenced Him.


They realized that He was no ordinary man.


Saying suggests and were saying.


What they were saying is, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.


Of a truth is truly.


Thou art the Son of God is, You are God’s Son.


The disciples recognized that Jesus was God’s promised Messiah, that He was God Himself.


No one else could have walked on water and stilled the wind and the waves.


Judas Iscariot was apparently present and saw the same things the others saw.


John 6:21 states that they were immediately at the land where they were going.


John 6:21 Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went [i.e. where they were going].


Next, we see –



Matthew 14:34 And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Genessaret.


When Jesus and His disciples had finished crossing the Sea of Galilee, they disembarked in the land of Genessaret.


And when they were gone over suggests and after they had crossed over. What they crossed over was the Sea of Galilee or Lake Genessaret.


They (i.e. Jesus and the disciples) came into the land of Genessaret, the name of the fertile and . . . thickly populated plain south of Capernaum.


Matthew 14:35 And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased.


And when the men of that place had knowledge of him suggests after the men of that place had knowledge of Him or because the men of that place had knowledge of Him.


Men of that place refers to the adult males located in the area known as Genessaret.


Had knowledge of him suggests recognized Him.


They [i.e. people living in that region] sent out into all that country round about is they sent into all that surrounding region.


And brought unto him all that were diseased suggests and brought to him all the ones who were sick.


Matthew 14:36 And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.


And besought him is and were beseeching (i.e. and were imploring, and were requesting, or and were entreating) Him (i.e. Jesus). Its tense indicates ongoing or repeated action in past time.


What they were urging Jesus was that they might only touch the hem of his garment, i.e. that they might just touch the edge (or border) of His outer garment (i.e. of His cloak or robe).


And as many as touched is and all those who touched.


Were made perfectly whole is were cured.



Are you going through a trial right now? Or whenever you are going through a trial, ask yourself if you are really in the will of God for your life.


Are you both saved and living for the Lord? If you are not, God may be trying to get your attention and tell you something. Ask Him to show you what He’s trying to tell you. If you mean business with God, He will make it clear to you.


If you are both saved and living for the Lord, ask yourself what God is trying to accomplish in your life through this trial; and ask Him to help you through it and to accomplish in you whatever He is trying to accomplish in your life.