Written by: Prof Gerrie Bester
Article source: JOY! Magazine
Have you ever had the question throbbing in your mind of how to get to the other side of a crisis? It doesn’t matter how big or small the crisis may seem to those around you, it consumes your thoughts and time and swallows your peace for an unwelcome season. Over the next few issues of JOY, we will be studying a passage from the Word of Abba Father regarding this.
Missing important insights in this passage
In the Gospel of Mark, we read a very well-known passage where Jesus (Hebrew – Yeshua) had just taught the people on the shores of the sea of Galilea about the Kingdom of God, comparing it to a mustard seed (Mark 4:30-34). We so often speak about ‘mustard seed faith’, which is all that is required to move a mountain, but do we really understand what it means?
In the scripture that follows, something profound is mentioned that we easily miss when studying this passage. The scripture says “on the same day,” after teaching the people on the shores of the sea, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us pass over to the other side.”
Let us just ponder on this for a while
The original Greek phrase that was used meaning “to pass over,” is an ‘action’ phrase that means to pass through a place or certain area, or to travel a road that passes through a place, getting to the other side of that place. But listen to this, it also means to pierce through a certain something in order to reach the destination. In other words, this phrase – when translated literally – means that as believers on this journey of Godly purpose, we will have to travel through, sometimes even “pierce through,” certain circumstances – life in general. These circumstances may be great or they may be challenging.
Have you ever had the question throbbing in your mind of how to get to the other side of a crisis?
Serving God on His terms, not our own
Then Mark 4:36 continues, “And leaving the crowd, they took Him with them in the boat, just as He was. And other boats were with Him.” The first thing that we see here – the foundation laid for this journey of purpose and promise – is that first and foremost we will have to leave the crowd behind and make sure the Messiah is in our boat. It does not stop there, however. There is a condition given in this scripture of having the Messiah in your boat – the Word says, “just as he was.” The Greek picture of this phrase illustrates that when we travel this journey with Jesus, it has to be without perceptions, in His fullness, undiluted, and on His terms, not ours! Wow! Too many times we want to serve Abba Father on our conditions or terms, sometimes without even realising it.
Deeper revelation when studying Greek origins
The Greek word for boat is the word Ploi’on, meaning vessel, but listen to this: why does scripture choose a boat? Why not some other means of travelling? Studying the Greek clarifies this, as a supernatural revelation is carefully hidden in this word. The action associated with the Greek word Ploi’on is the action of plunging into the water, therefore needing a specific vessel that will keep you afloat. So, when putting this together, we see that on this journey there may come times when we feel as if we plunge into the ‘waters of life’ – we will need to have Jesus in our vessel in order to pierce through this, remain in our purpose, and be kept afloat.
Studying scripture in the language it was originally written in gives a much deeper revelation.
A relentless storm that never eases
Mark 4:37 then continues, “And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.” The Greek word used here for ‘storm’ reveals even more about our journey of life. This word translated implies a very specific type of storm. It is not the word for a single gust of wind or a steady wind, but a storm, relentless in its action and frequency. A storm that never gives you a break. What do we say in English, “it never rains but it pours.” That is the kind of storm described in the Greek language. The Greek word for ‘waves’ that is used in this verse is the word kuma, which means to be tossed to and fro. Then it goes even deeper than that. This Greek word also means to be tossed to and fro by “the raging passions of restless men.” Do you see the picture? Restless implies those who have not found the peace of Christ in their own lives. They are always the ones that have the most to say about your life, isn’t it? Everybody always has something to say, not so? Isn’t it time we started listening to the One who calms the storms?
Putting the Greek pictures of these verses together we see the following:
“On this journey of purpose with Abba Father, I will travel through circumstances that I may have to pierce, at times. Even though I am surrounded by people, I need my Messiah in my vessel. Challenges will sometimes feel relentless in their action and frequency. Many times the raging passions of those who have not found rest in their own lives will toss me to and fro, that I sometimes feel I have reached the end of the path… BUT!”
Yes, there is a but … we will dig into this next issue!
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