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Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:35-41 – Who is This?

Mark 4:35-41 – Who is This?

|| Matthew 8:18, 23, 27;[1] Luke 8:22-25

MK4:35 Now that same day when it was night-time, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us go across the Sea of Galilee.” MK4:36 So after they dismissed the crowds, the disciples took Jesus away aboard a fishing boat. Also, other small fishing boats went with them. MK4:37 But, a great windstorm came up and the waves were smashing into the boat so that it was swamped. MK4:38 Jesus himself was in the stern asleep with his head on a cushion.[2] His disciples woke him up and yelled: “Lord, do you not care if we all perish!” MK4:39 So Jesus rose and then rebuked the wind, speaking to the sea: “Hush! Be quiet!” And the wind did stop and a perfect calm came over the sea. MK4:40 Jesus said to them: “Why are you so frightened? Have you no faith?” MK4:41 Then they were awestruck and said to one another: “Who really is this [person] that even the wind and the sea obey him?”


[1] Matthew 8:18, 23, 27: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.

[2] With his head on a cushion: This little detail is not mentioned in Matthew and Luke.



Matthew 8:18-22 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Two Would-be Followers

Matthew 8:23-27 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Jesus Calms a Stormy Sea

Matthew 14 – Faith Small and Great – Key words: Dynamic Works

Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:1-9 – Teaching in Parables

Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:10-13 – How Will You Understand?

Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:14-20 – Sower Parable Explained

Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:21-23 – Light Exposes

Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:24, 25 – Hearing and Responsibility

Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:26-29 – The Sleeping Farmer

Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:30-32 – Kingdom Like a Mustard Seed

Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:33-34 – Public Parables, Private Teachings


Additional reading

  1. Fear in your own heart or outside of it
  2. Why are you afraid?
  3. So many being afraid – reason enough to step in the boat with Christ
  4. “In The Midst Of The Storm”
  5. Today’s thought “Stormy winds fulfilling his word” (February 2)
  6. Today’s thought “Who then is this?” (February 8)


Related articles

  1. 3rd week of ordinary time – cycle 1- Saturday-gospel-reading Mark 4:35-41
  2. Mark 4:35-41, let’s start
  3. Mark 4:35-41 and some hard stuff
  4. Mark 4:35-41 and a dead calm
  5. Before and After Mark 4:35-41
  6. Mark 4:35-41 and Footnotes
  7. Text Study for Mark 4:35-41 (Pt. 1); 4 Pentecost B 2021
  8. Text Study for Mark 4:35-41 (Pt. 2); 4 Pentecost B 2021
  9. Text Study for Mark 4:35-41 (Pt. 3); 4 Pentecost B 2021
  10. Afraid/Unafraid
  11. Text Study for Mark 35-41 (Pt. 4); 4 Pentecost B 2021
  12. The sayings of Jesus- Steps to Finding Peace in the Storms of Life.
  13. On a desert Lake in a sudden Storm
  14. Job and Jesus and the Revelation of God
  15. Faith Has Better Teeth — Saturday Sermons from the Sidelines
  16. Kingdom Creating Connections
  17. 12 Ordinary Time Sunday
  18. Be Quiet, Be Still: A Homily for June 20, 2021
  19. Fear as an Invitation – Br. Curtis Almquist
  20. Are We Going to Live in Fear or Faith?
  21. Anchor Deep… and Hold On!
  22. Stormy weather
  23. Even the wind and the sea obey him; do you?
  24. The Fear of the LORD
  25. Jesus calms the storm
  26. Calm Amid the Storm
  27. Fear in the Storm
  28. The Wednesday Word: Storms and the Majestic Saviour Part 1
  29. The Wednesday Word: Storms and the Majestic Saviour Part 2
  30. Mark 4:35-41 for real
  31. Five Words
  32. The Peace Speaker
  33. Jesus is with us. There’s no need for fear.
  34. Mark 4:35-41 in comparison
  35. Singing in the Strain
  36. The Eye of God in the Heart
  37. Day 24: Beckoning
  38. Morning Prayer for Friday January 22

Matthew 14 – Faith Small and Great – Key words: Dynamic Works

In Matthews 14th chapter we look at the Tetrarch Herod, the son of Herod the Great by Malthace, and see how he falls for his sister-in-law and the violent rejection of the son of man Jeshua (Jesus) the Christ. we get Herod’s opinion of Jesus, and a parenthetical account of his murder of John the Baptist. Parallel passages: Mark 6:14-29; Luke:7-9; Luke 3:19, Luke 3:20.

The fact of the Nazarene his rejection by man is now a governing thought; and this involves rejection for his people, and a path in separation from a world in estrangement from him. This is especially what characterises the next portion of the Gospel which developer for us the features of a day of rejection; but in which grace still works, and finds among men not its objects only but its instruments. But the world is at the same time on the one hand a desert, on the other a stormy sea. Soon Jesus himself also is absent, and his disciples are left in the darkness, toiling over the waters in the face of the adverse wind. But again there is a change: He is coming back to them over the waters; and faith, discerning him and seeking to be with him, is fain to leave the boat and at his invitation walk upon the waters too to go to him. Here the Church’s path is clearly presented to us, the boat imaging the position of that remnant of Israel which as to their hopes the disciples were, when he went away, and to which (accompanied by his heavenly people) he will again return. Then the wind ceases, and the boat having reached the shore, mercy flows out to men far and wide as it will in millennial days. Let us now seek to apprehend this in detail.



Matthew 13:53-58 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Where Did He Get Such Wisdom?

Matthew 8:23-27 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Jesus Calms a Stormy Sea

Matthew 8:23-27 – Jesus Calms a Stormy Sea

|| Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25

MT8:23 Jesus’ disciples followed him as he embarked into the boat. MT8:24 And, look! a great disturbance[1] occurred in the sea and the boat was about to be swamped[2] by the [storm] waves. But Jesus was sleeping.[3] MT8:25 They approached Jesus and aroused him, saying, “Master, save us, for we are being destroyed!” MT8:26 And Jesus told them, “Why are you frightened,[4] you with little faith?”[5] Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea and a great calm occurred. MT8:27 But, these men wondered, saying, “What kind of person[6] is this that the winds and the sea obey him?”

[1] A great disturbance: The Greek is SEISMOS MEGAS as in a shaking, a great earthquake.

[2] About to be swamped: The Greek is literally “covered” indicating the height of the waves. The Sea of Galilee is capable of great and sudden storms. Only a person who is been in such a storm realizes the range of emotions among these seasoned fishermen. They surely were used to foul weather.

[3] Sleeping: Imagine the Nazarene’s dreams in such slumber surrounded by danger.

[4] Frightened: The Greek is DEILOI and is variously rendered: DIA: timid, KJV: fearful; RIEU: cowards

[5] Little faith: Some render the phrase: PME: little-faiths.

[6] What kind of person: They never think he is God.

Jesus calms the storm



Nazarene Commentary Matthew 4:12-17 – Galilee Saw A Great Light

Nazarene Commentary Matthew 4:23-25 – Kingdom Preaching and Healing Draws Crowds

Matthew 8:1-4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Jesus a Miracle-working Son of God

Matthew 8:5-13 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Servant of Army Officer Healed

Matthew 8:14-17 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother-in-law

Matthew 8:18-22 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Two Would-be Followers


Further reading

  1. Storm Coming In
  2. When the storm is rocking your boat
  3. Matthew 8:23-27
  4. When your life is threatened (Matthew 8:23-27)
  5. Calming the Storm
  6. Peace Be Still
  7. But It’s Impossible
  8. How much does love weigh?
  9. Prayer- Lord Save Us, We Are Going Down (Matthew 8.23-27)
  10. After the Storm

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