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Great Nights of the Bible (9 of 16)
The Night of the Tempest
Clarence E. Macartney
They that go down to the sea in ships, that do
business in great waters; these see the works of the
Lord, and his wonders in the deep." That was what the
disciples of Jesus were to see that night as they went
down with Him to the sea in ships.
The Jewish rabbis used to say that God created all the
seas, but that the Sea of Galilee was His chosen one.
It is, indeed, a chosen sea. It is a beautiful body of
water, as beautiful as unique. Oval in shape and
thirteen miles long by seven wide, surrounded by the
brown mountains that rise as high as two thousand feet
on the eastern shores, it makes one think of a
sapphire stone set in gold. Away to the north towers
the ever-snow-capped summit of Mount Hermon.
It is a "chosen sea," too, because of the great part
it plays in the life of our Lord. As to other places
in the sacred narrative-Calvary, Gethsemane, the
sepulcher-one cannot be certain. Some of these places
with their polyglot humanity and offensively bedizened
shrines offend the sensibility of the pious pilgrim
who would walk in the footsteps of his Lord. But the
Sea of Galilee rolls just as it did in the days of our
Lord. The fishermen still sail their boats and ply
their nets on its surface; the same brown mountains
rise above it; the same stars look down upon it; the
same storms convulse its bosom.
Take out of the New Testament the incidents in the
life of Jesus associated with the Sea of Galilee and a
good part of the Gospels is gone. There at Capernaum
He made His home; there He worked many of His greatest
miracles; there He called His disciples; there He
preached some of His greatest sermons; there He walked
on the sea and stilled the tempest; there He appeared
to His disciples after His resurrection.
The strain of preaching-physical, mental, spiritual-is
intense. All day Jesus had been tea ...
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