by Jeff Strite

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There Be Monsters (1 of 4)
Series: Jesus Has Questions
Jeff Strite
Mark 4:35-41

For the next few weeks, we’re going to turn that around and look at questions Jesus would ask us. And the first question we’re going to deal with is found in found in Mark 4:35-41 - "Why Are You So Afraid?". (Read text and have opening prayer).

OPEN: Every summer, Hollywood comes out with a series of “Blockbuster” movies that they hope will bring people out to the theatres. This summer, one of THE blockbuster movies dealt with the sea and ocean going ships. Anybody know what that movie was?
“Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest.”
This was the second in a series of 3 dealing with Captain Jack Sparrow and his band of pirates.

In the first movie (from last summer) the evil captain of “The Black Pearl” turned to another character and said: “Arhhh… there be monsters”

Now, that line wasn’t original with the “Pirates of the Caribbean”. It has been around for years. And I had often wondered why any pirate would say something like that.

Then, I ran across an illustration that explained the saying:
In the British Museum in London, there is an old mariner’s chart drawn in 1525 outlining the North American coastline. The cartographer who created the map did so from information gleaned from ocean-going crews of the day. There were notations on where reefs might be, and where the best harbors could be found. But there were certain sections that were relatively blank. And in those sections were notations like the following:
* "Here be giants!"
* "Here be fiery scorpions!"
* "Here be dragons."

In other words: “Here be monsters”

APPLY: Ever since man has gone out on the water in boats, seafarers have always been just a little afraid of the unknown, the unseen and the uncontrollable. And they felt fear.

Have you ever been afraid?

ILLUS: My wife says I have been.
Now I personally I prefer to think of it as healthy respect for gravity. But she says I’m ...

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