Daily Bible Reading

January 11th, 2011

Matthew 8:18-34 (GNT)

Confess Jesus as Lord

Introduction

Matthew 8:18-34: Several would-be-followers approach Jesus. Jesus retreats from the crowd and takes a boat across the lake with his disciples. He falls asleep in the boat, but when a storm brews, the disciples wake him in fear. Jesus asks his disciples why they are of little faith. Then he calms the storm. Later, he drives demons out of men and into a herd of pigs. Upon seeing and hearing this, the local people came to Jesus and plead with him to leave their region.

Today's Scripture: Matthew 8:26

“Why are you so frightened?” Jesus answered. “What little faith you have!” Then he got up and ordered the winds and the waves to stop, and there was a great calm.

Today's Reading

18 When Jesus noticed the crowd around him, he ordered his disciples to go to the other side of the lake. 19 A teacher of the Law came to him. “Teacher,” he said, “I am ready to go with you wherever you go.” 20 Jesus answered him, “Foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lie down and rest.” 21 Another man, who was a disciple, said, “Sir, first let me go back and bury my father.” 22 “Follow me,” Jesus answered, “and let the dead bury their own dead.” 23 Jesus got into a boat, and his disciples went with him. 24 Suddenly a fierce storm hit the lake, and the boat was in danger of sinking. But Jesus was asleep. 25 The disciples went to him and woke him up. “Save us, Lord!” they said. “We are about to die!” 26 “Why are you so frightened?” Jesus answered. “What little faith you have!” Then he got up and ordered the winds and the waves to stop, and there was a great calm. 27 Everyone was amazed. “What kind of man is this?” they said. “Even the winds and the waves obey him!” 28 When Jesus came to the territory of Gadara on the other side of the lake, he was met by two men who came out of the burial caves there. These men had demons in them and were so fierce that no one dared travel on that road. 29 At once they screamed, “What do you want with us, you Son of God? Have you come to punish us before the right time?” 30 Not far away there was a large herd of pigs feeding. 31 So the demons begged Jesus, “If you are going to drive us out, send us into that herd of pigs.” 32 “Go,” Jesus told them; so they left and went off into the pigs. The whole herd rushed down the side of the cliff into the lake and was drowned. 33 The men who had been taking care of the pigs ran away and went into the town, where they told the whole story and what had happened to the men with the demons. 34 So everyone from the town went out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their territory.

Reflect

Reread verses 23-27. Why were the disciples afraid? Why do you think Jesus responded the way that he did? How might you have felt if you had been in the boat with them? How does Jesus calm the storms in your life?

Pray

Lord Jesus, too often, the storms of life rock my faith and trust in you. Strengthen my faith in your power to calm the storms of my life, that I may remain firmly anchored in you. Amen.

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