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Matthew 8:24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

A. Tempest
1. It was not unusual for storms to hit quickly and unexpectedly on the Sea of Galilee.
a. Sea of Galilee- Six miles wide and seventeen miles long.
b. Also called Tiberius, Gennesaireth, Chinnereth.
2. "The river Jordan maintains its course through the middle of the lake, causing a strong current: and when this is opposed by contrary winds, which blow here with the force of a hurricane from the southeast, sweeping from the mountains into the lake, it may be conceived that a boisterous sea is instantly raised: this the small vessels of the country are ill qualified to resist." (Dr. E. D. Clark)
B. "But he was asleep"
1. Jesus knew that it was impossible for the storm to harm him. He could sleep in confidence.
2. Jesus represents the calm of "walking by faith" in the midst of the storm.
a. Romans 8:33-39
b. Hebrews 13:5-6
Matthew 8:25,26- "And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm."
A. "Lord save us: we perish"
1. The disciples were fearful and desperate.
2. They had no hope without Christ.
a. John 14:6
B. "O ye of little faith?"
1. Jesus didn't say that they had no faith. They, at least, knew who to turn to in time of need.
2. He said "little faith" - didn't they know that with the Master present with them they were completely safe?
C. "Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm."
1. The sea and wind immediately both calmed.
Matthew 8:27- "But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!"
A. Jesus was showing His divinity by demonstrating His power over nature.
1. Colossians 1:16

(Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-19; Luke 8:26-39) 

Matthew 8:28- "And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way."

A. "And when he was come to the ...."
1. Matthew says two men were possessed by devils (demons)
2. Was wearing no clothes- Luke 8:27
Matthew 8:29- And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?"
A. "What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God?"
1. He recognized the divinity of Jesus.
2. James 2:19
B. "Torment us before the time"
1. Jude 6
2. Matthew 25:41
Matthew 8:30-32- "And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
A. "Herd of many swine feeding"
1. 2,000- Mark 5:13
2. Unlawful for Jews to raise swine.
3. An affront if gentiles were doing so in the country of the Jews.
B. "If thou cast us out..."
1. The demons want to enter the herd of swine.
2. The demons entered to swine and ran headlong into the sea and drowned.
Matthew 8:33,34- And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts."
A. "And they that kept them fled"
1. The people came out and begged Jesus to leave their country.
2. They cared more about the pigs that were lost than the men who were saved.
3. Jesus won't force himself on anyone against their will.
a. Revelation 3:20
B. Some fault Jesus for the destruction of the swine. (Albert Barnes from "Barnes Notes on the New Testament")
1. Christ and the Father has original right to all property.
a. Psalm 1:10-12
2. If the property were held by Jews it would be violation of the Law.
3. The cure of two men is far more important than any property damage.
4. Jesus didn't command the demons to enter the swine, only allow it.

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