Sermon Outline by Dr.Ed. Moore…Matt.14:22-23

Ship, Contrary winds and the masterMatthew 14:22 – 33            The story unfolds here and in Mark 7 as well as John 6. From these we unfold the events surrounding this incident.v    Our Lord Jesus is seeking alone time to pray, this prompts him to send the disciples away.v    Mark and John place this event at the closing of the day when he fed the 5000. If that be so it was at the close of a day of challenge and emotional draining events.v    John informs us that those who were fed come back the next day and the Lord Jesus says they are there only for the bread and they go away. He then asks the disciples if they will also go away.The disciples are on a ship, rowing with all their strength and getting absolutely no where. It was evening when he sent them away, it is the 4th watch when he comes to them and they have progressed about 3 and a half miles. The effort must have seemed useless.The wind is described as;Contrary = opposite, antagonistic, against.Boisterous = Mighty; strong; Great wind = high, large, loud, mighty.            The truth of the matter is they are working with all their might and getting nowhere. They had just experienced a great miracle and I am quite sure felt they could attack hell with a tablespoon full of water, but they are rowing with all their might and going no where fast. Have you ever been there?Three things I want us to notice.(I) Constrained(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.Strong says the word means; necessitate or compel.Webster’s definition is; to confine, to restrain, to compel.            Either definition you use makes no difference in the connotation; they are in this boat because the Lord Jesus put them in the boat! There can be no doubt that this is the will of god for them for this time.            That you are in the Lord’s will is the one thing you must be sure of when you face contrary winds. Whether the ship is salvation, service, church or family, know that you are in that ship because the Lord constrained you to be there.(II) Contrary winds(Matthew 14:24) “But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.            The question naturally arises, if the Lord constrained them to get in the ship why are they experiencing contrary winds? Surely they either missed something or Jesus got it wrong!             We are prone to believe that if we are in the Lord’s will all will be well, that we will be successful and experience few if any problems. That has not been my experience neither was it these disciples, neither was it Paul’s Listen to his words (2Co 11:23 — 28) “Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I [am] more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty [stripes] save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; [In] journeyings often, [in] perils of waters, [in] perils of robbers, [in] perils by [mine own] countrymen, [in] perils by the heathen, [in] perils in the city, [in] perils in the wilderness, [in] perils in the sea, [in] perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.”The contrary winds.(1)   Kept them occupied with His work. They were busy rowing what good did it do? Probably none but they were instructed to be there doing that. John says they had sailed about 25 or 30 furlongs. About 7 1/2 Jewish furlongs made a mile; so that the distance they had salted was not more than about 4 miles. At no place is the Sea of Tiberias much more than 10 miles in breadth, so that they were literally in the midst of the sea, and the Lord was not with them.(2)   They were doing their duty, this is the assignment they were given. Duty seems to be a bad word today, but if we are to be the disciples we should be, we must do our duty. (3)   They seemed to be unsuccessful. Success or failure is not our concern.(III) They were cloistered.         John tells us, (John 6) that there was a group that followed the Lord to the other side, they came for the food. Matthew tells us that Jesus went apart to pray avoiding this group that had aspirations for a welfare state. Had the disciples been with them they may have been more interested in the bread than the bread giver.What does this teach us?If we are occupied with the Lords work and doing our duty we will be protected from the spirit, mind and aspirations of the world. Joh 6:26 – Ye seek me, not because ye saw, etc. – Though the miracle of the loaves was one of the most astonishing that ever was wrought upon earth; and though this people had, by the testimony of all their senses, the most convincing proof of its reality; yet we find many of them paid little attention to it, and regarded the omnipotent hand of God in it no farther than it went to satisfy the demands of their appetite! Most men are willing to receive temporal good from the hands of God; but there are few, very few, who are willing to receive spiritual blessings.ConclusionAre we experiencing contrary winds?Are we where the Lord told you to be?Are we doing our duty even though we do not see instant success?Are we a part of the crowd that just wants the blessings or do we want the blesser? 

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