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Two-fer Tuesday: Walking on Water by Deacon Blue

Today’s topic comes solely from the fact that this past Sunday, the pastor made a big screw-up that I need to spout off about. Miz Pink is on her own as to how to make a post today out of walking on water.

So, the pastor begins to tell us the story of Jesus walking on the water and the way the storm was calmed when he stepped into the boat (the reading for that day’s service having been from the gospel of Mark), and he tells us that Mark had retooled Matthew’s story of the calming of the storm, wherein Jesus was asleep in the boat. He explains that Mark was trying to paint a picture of how we shouldn’t focus on Peter’s lack of faith to continue walking on water with Jesus but rather on the positive message of faith being the knowledge that when we let God be with us in the boat, the storms calm down.

Sure, it was a positive message, but something irked me, and I finally got into my Bible today and figured out what it was.

Mark didn’t retell the story in a new way.

Unless I’m missing something, and I’ve flipped back and forth between Matthew, Mark and Luke, but they all three tell the same story of the calming of the storm. In each of those gospels, the story of Jesus being awakened by the apostles to calm the potentially deadly storm happened before the feeding of the 5,000 with the loaves and fishes. The story of Jesus walking on water during a storm and Peter joining him for a bit before losing faith happened after the feeding of the 5,000.

Luke doesn’t mention the walking on water miracle and John didn’t tell the first story of Jesus calming the storm after falling asleep in the boat at all. (Again, unless I’m missing something.) Nothing strange there, as not all the gospel authors covered all the same events.

This really pisses me off. I like our pastor overall and think he’s a great guy. And the church we are attending now, while it isn’t as strong on the word sometimes as we’d like (we go to Charles Stanley’s Web site or radio/TV broadcasts for that), it is great community-wise and fellowship-wise.

But I wonder how a pastor who knows so much about the original Greek words in the gospels and what they mean and how it paints a different picture than our current translations (that is, someone who should know his shit backwards and forward regarding the New Testament) could say that one gospel author made a tweak to another gospel author’s story to make a point when that’s so obviously not the case. Pretty big flub-up. I’m hoping it was just because he was up so late watching the Olympic Games and finalized his sermon after that lack of sleep.

The Bible gets knocked often enough for inconsistencies (many of them perfectly reasonable and explainable and not always actual contradictions) without a pastor putting in people’s minds that a story was changed on purpose.

If you’re interested, the passages I refer to above are:

Calming of the Storm
Matthew 8:23-27
Mark 4:35-41
Luke 8:22-25

Walking on Water
Matthew 14:22-33
Mark 6:45-52
John 6:16-24

Click here for Miz Pink’s post today on “Walking on Water.”


Two-fer Tuesday: Walking on Water by Miz Pink

A friend of mine once told me “Don’t wear high heels in a waterbed and then complain when you get wet.”

Okay that’s not true. I’ve never had a friend tell me that. In fact out of idle curiosity whether anyone ever had, the only references I could find online were a warning on not wearing high heels or other pointy obejcts if you’re going to have sex on a waterbed and a reference to Lucille Ball running across a waterbed in high heels and puncturing it in the movie “Happy Anniversary and Goodbye” from the 1970’s. If anyone wants to coin the phrase though just cough up some money and I’ll give you all the copyright rights.

But Deke saddled me with this topic for Twofer Tuesday and I don’t have any pictures of someone walking on water while wearing pink so I needed some kind of lead in based on the photo pick.

But my made up little advise quote maybe fits anyway with today’s point from my side of the isle. There are certain things you don’t do (or don’t wear) if you want certain results.

Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight for example.

Don’t drink and drive unless you want to kill someone or get a DUI arrest.

Don’t mix plaid and polka dot clothing unless you want to be on “What Not to Wear.”

Don’t drink milk and orange juice together (trust me on this).

But for today’s topic most importantly, don’t take your eyes off Jesus or God when you are trying to walk in faith.

When Peter asked Jesus to summon him out on the stormy sea to walk water with him, everything was fine as long as Peter kept focused on the Lord. But he didn’t. He started looking around at the waves and the listened to the howling wind and remembered: Oh no! People can’t walk on water!

And he sank.

Sure, Jesus saved him. God and Jesus do that for us all the time.

But if we didn’t take our eyes off them so darn often, we wouldn’t need to be pulled outta the drink, ya know?

(Stroll over here for Deke’s post on today’s topic)

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