Friday, 18 May 2012

How does the Bible commentate on itself? (4)

To return to the connections, and the Word and Phrase Associations, between the Old Testament and the Gospels…..

What is the connection between C. Job 9.8  and  N.  Matthew 14.33?

Job 9.8:
God alone spreads out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea.

Matthew 14.26&33:
When the disciples saw Him Son of God … then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly You are the Son of God.’

Whilst walking on the sea is an impressive feat….to suggest that whoever does so is the Son of God is perhaps an exaggeration. 

Son of God is a Hebrew idiom that actually means ‘the image and physical representation of God Himself’.  Therefore, the disciples assumed, and understood, that because He was walking on the sea, Jesus was God Himself.    They understood that the evidence of walking on the sea was proof that He was God Himself because Job 9.8 is specific and unequivocal:

God alone … treads on the waves of the sea.

Many believe that some of the disciples were ignorant and unlettered fisherman.  This assumption is incorrect.  For example, at least five of the disciples lived in Bethsaida on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee:  Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Philip.

In the first century Bethsaida was a particularly orthodox Jewish village and there were no Gentiles living there. Many orthodox Jews in the first century knew their Scriptures by heart, and the disciples were no exception.  They would have known the verse in Job 9.8, and recognised that Jesus, by walking on the sea, was indicating to them that He was the Messiah, God Himself, Who had become flesh to dwell among them.

On that basis it is not a surprise that they came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly You are the Son of God’.

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