By Gale Maiden
“The entire sea crossing is about the water of God’s word. Those who believe will have the sea as a walkway through the storms and adverse winds of fear and doubt.”
Jesus the Christ man is our mentor. In his christed relationship with God his Father and our Father we are shown how that God has manifested Himself in the flesh of humankind (I Timothy 3:16).
Jesus is one in agreement with God. Jesus prayed that God his Father would make us one with God in the identical way that Jesus is one with God. God is the anointing. We are anointed out of intimate relationship with our God (Acts 10:38).
The following passage of scripture (Matthew 14:22-36) is to me one of the Bible’s most exciting examples of the mentoring of Jesus. The disciples are growing by leaps and bounds. Peter under the direct mentoring of Jesus went from only fishing from the water to become a water walker.
Jesus Expediently Separates his Disciples from the 5000
Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away.
-Matthew 14:22 NASU
Immediately following the miraculous feeding of five thousand men and their families Jesus sent his disciples by boat to the other side of the sea. We see Jesus the greatest mentor in the universe sending his disciples, a fledging group of water walking kingdom builders, to the next task. (Matthew 14: 34-36)
Jesus could have allowed his disciples to hang around and chat about the feeding of the five thousand. I can hear the conversation now, “Did you get any fish?” Someone says, “Yeah I did.” Jesus purposefully sent the crowd away.
Jesus Goes up Mountain by Himself to Pray and is Alone
After He had sent the crowds away (those who partook of the miracle of the loaves and fishes), He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.
-Matthew 14:23 NASU
Can you imagine what a refreshing time of prayer Jesus must have had after ministering to such a multitude of people? Twice the scripture says that Jesus was by himself praying and that he was alone on the mountain. Here is a beautiful picture of earth and heaven united in newness of heart through prayer. Jesus received no doubt a refreshing drink of the water of God’s instruction for his next task. Jesus was about to walk on the water of God’s word…literally!
Jesus Overland and Over Sea…by Foot to Rescue
But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary.
- Matthew 14: 24 NASU
Jesus knew that the boat had traversed to a place far from the safety of land. Jesus saw that the waves of water were battering the boat and that the wind was adverse. Jesus immediately purposed to go by foot to check on his disciples. Jesus did not wait for another boat to come by but decided to walk on the water.
Fourth Watch…Key Time in Which to Establish Faith
And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.
-Matthew 14:25 NASU
The fourth watch of the night begins at 3:00 am and ends at 6:00 am. It is called a time to watch. I am often awakened at 3 am to pray and watch in behalf of those brought to my attention by the spirit of God.
Multitudes in the world now are like these disciples doubting the ability of the water of God’s word to support them in a time of storms. Those of us who are mentors must pray and watch for these occasions to demonstrate the power of the water of God’s word to save us from death. We are all called to be water walkers fulfilling the universal fourth watch call to rescue others.
Water Walker Without a Body…Ghost or Man?
When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear.
- Matthew 14:26 NASU
This is a perfect example of how the fear of death paralyzes and brings into bondage the hearts of men. Jesus was recognized by the disciples but perceived as a ghost. This is significant in that the disciples reasoned that Jesus or anyone for that matter had to be bodiless in order to miraculously walk on water.
This false concept of separation of the spirit and soul from the body, a product of Greek mysticism, continues to this day to deceive saints into believing that only in a “spiritual or ghostly” realm can one perfectly walk on water. In the next verse Jesus simply declares that he isn’t a ghost.
It Is I…Not a Ghost!
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid."
-Matthew 14:27 NASU
Jesus asked the disciples to take courage and not be afraid. Jesus said, “It is I.” Jesus stood on the water before them as a triune man…spirit, soul and body. Jesus appearing in his savior role as an anointed man prompted Peter to do that which he saw Jesus doing…walking on water.
Doubting Peter “Cards” Jesus
Peter said to Him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." And He said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
-Matthew 14:28, 29 NASU
Peter asked Jesus, “Is this you?” Peter then asked for further verification of the Jesus he knew by asking, “command me to come.” Peter got out of the boat and walked on water toward Jesus.
We are all called to be water walkers. Many though still in fear and doubt desire to walk the walk of Jesus. It is up to leadership to lead in and subsequently command others to come.
“Up and Down” Peter
But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"
-Matthew 14: 30, 31 NASU
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Jesus spoke a word to Peter, which if believed, Peter would have successfully walked both to Jesus and back to the boat.
When Peter sank into the water he did indeed speak a word of faith when he said, “Lord save me.” Peter’s faith found an immediate response by Jesus to pull Peter back into the boat.
Jesus rebuked Peter for not having the faith to believe for a successful water walk. Only when Peter doubted did his faith become small. Remember that Peter and the disciples had just witnessed the miracle of the loaves.
“FellowSHIP” Stops Adverse Winds
When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. -Matthew 14:32 NASU
Water is symbolic of the word of God. Wind is symbolic of spirit. The word and the spirit are inseparable (John 6:63). The adverse wind and waves represent a word of fear from the heart of Peter and brought about his sinking into the sea.
The calming of the storm came about as a word/breath (water/wind) of faith came from the heart of Jesus and obviously believed by all.
Water Walking Son(s) of God Ambassadors of God’s Provision
And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, "You are certainly God's Son!"
- Matthew 14:33 NASU
Worship is the Greek word proskuneo (pros-koo-neh'-o) meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand. It is a canine from a prostrate position acknowledging its master as its source.
The disciples acknowledge Jesus as God’s son…a son who totally functioned maturely under the direction of God his Father. God is the source of all things and the disciples knew this very well. The object of all worship is to acknowledge God our Father as THE SOURCE of all things.
To worship Jesus a son of God is to acknowledge that Jesus is a son of God and thereby an agent of God our only Master and source. There are no gods to be placed before Yahweh.
Water Walkers Understand the Power of God’s Word
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent word into all that surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick; and they implored Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were cured.
- Matthew 14:34-36 NASU
The entire sea crossing is about the water of God’s word. Those who believe will have the sea as a walkway through the storms and adverse winds of fear and doubt.
After having crossed the sea we see multitudes beseeching Jesus to allow them to touch the hem of his garment. The hem of Jesus’ garment represents a reminder of the word of God (Numbers 15:37-40).
Just as the water by faith upheld Jesus and Peter so will it in faith uphold all that is released to us.
The Power of God’s Word in the Hearts of Sons
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom (Jesus who agreed with God’s word) also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.
- Hebrews 1:1-3 NASU
Rise up WATER WALKING sons of God and continue to bid others to come!