Here’s a link to our readings Isaiah 59, Mark4:35-41. I’ve added the message parallel version that makes it a little clearer I think.
The heading above is the lyric from that cringe worthy old 70’s love song by Jim Stafford….but Isaiah also uses word pictures with spiders, snakes, bears and doves to help us see the truth of how deluded Israel and Judah (and dare I say, Us) are with their attitude toward the Lord. These are hard words to read because in our heart of hearts we know at times they could be said of us! – well maybe just me then.
As we’ve been moving through Isaiah’s prophecy we see the rebelliousness of Gods people. They are blind and deaf, a people devoid of justice and righteousness. They want the blessing of God and his salvation but on their terms.
As young believer I was warned against the thinking that went something like “Sin on Saturday, Repent on Sunday”.Rightly so, as Paul warns us In Romans 6:1 “Shall we go on sinning so grace can abound”? This sort of salvation and grace is on our terms not Gods.
The Lord was displeased there was no one to intervene, to pursue justice and righteousness.So he will do it with judgement and redemption. Judah will return from the exile in Babylon but they are also pointed toward the true redeemer…the Lord Jesus.
The familiar story of Jesus calming the storm is loved by pretty much every believer. In our minds we see ourselves in the boat on the storms of life. We cry out to Jesus “I’m going to perish! Don’t you care? Why are you sleeping anyway? At least respond in some way!
I heard a sermon a few months back that made the point that we would pray the Lords prayer differently if we understood more WHO we were praying to – OUR FATHER in heaven.So too would those in the boat with Jesus, whose voice caused the wind and waves to obey His command. Even the disciples had difficulty coming to terms with Jesus’s divine power so I guess it’s not surprising that we do too.
But that is the challenge….and the excitement!