Today, for the second or third time now, it was Matthew 8. So I opened it up, and as I got reading, I came to the part where Jesus entered a ship, and his disciples followed along. I always presumed that "disciples" = "apostles", but I don't think that's the case, as Matthew was soon called to "follow" Jesus in Matt. 9:9. (Unless these chapters aren't necessarily chronological, which is the case with some of the books in the Bible.
I don't know if these disciples were accustomed to riding in ships. I, for one, am not. Boats kinda petrify me. Well, these disciples are on the ship, and a storm–"a tempest"–comes, and it says "the ship was covered with waves: but he was asleep". (Matt. 8:24) Ok... Jesus must really be a sound sleeper, unless they had fans and white-noise makers in his time. I would not have been able to sleep through that!
The disciples wake him up, asking him to save them. He then says, "Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?" Which begs the question –"Why are they fearful?"
|(I love this painting. Photo source has a great elaboration on this story.)|