Mark 4:35-41 – Learn to read the Bible #17

I’ve just published the next part of the Learn to read the Bible series on Mark’s Gospel. This week we are looking at Mark 4:35-41, where Jesus calms the storm.

For those who are coming to this new, the idea behind this series is not for me to simply explain everything to you, but rather to give you things to think about yourself. This is about training you to read the Bible for yourself, rather than just giving you all the answers!

See this page if you’d like a few pointers for how to use these videos. Don’t forget to pray!

You can read the passage online here (although I’d suggest it’s better in a physical Bible). You may also want to have a pen and paper handy to jot down notes and things you want to look into more.

Key points from Mark 4:35-41

  • They get into a boat: remember where we’ve seen boats before – some of the disciples were fishermen. They would have known their way around boats and the lake!
  • A furious squall came up, and the disciples were scared: it says something about how bad the storm is!
  • Think about the kind of storms you face in your own life – what causes you to be scared?
  • Jesus simply speaks and instantly the wind dies down and it becomes completely calm. It’s amazing – it speaks about Jesus’ power and authority.
  • Why does Jesus rebuke the disciples for having no faith? Do you think they should have known better by this point? What does that say about us and our own circumstances?
  • The disciples were terrified. How would you feel if you were in the same situation, and someone had calmed a storm simply by speaking?
  • We’re left with the question “Who is this?” – that’s the question we all need to answer. How we answer that question will affect the rest of our lives.

Take a few moments to re-read the passage, think, and pray.

Looking for more?

You can see the rest of the videos in this series on the this page. If you’d like a more focussed series teaching the Christian faith, check out the teaching programme.

You might also want to see the previous episode in the series on Mark 4:26-34.

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