THEME: THE SEA-SHORE
“And He went out again by the seashore; and all the people were coming to Him, and He was teaching them”.
-In several occasions do we see Jesus prefer to teaching by the seashore, and multitudes came to Him. Mark chapter 4 discloses how Jesus taught by the seashore in parables, and after His teaching He demonstrated power and sovereignty over nature by calming the windstorm, and He spoke about faith. Jesus also demonstrated the power of faith when He walked on the sea but Peter failed the test of faith (Matthew 14:25-32). The disciples call to faith began by the sea of Galilee, as Jesus was walking along the seashore. He first called Simon and his brother Andrew who were fishermen. He then called James and his brother John, and He made them fishers of men (Mark 1:16-20). It is because of love that Jesus came, and called us to have faith in Him. Not faith in our own-selves or any other, but faith in Him alone; that we may be saved, and call many to salvation in Him, as we are fishers of men.
The seashore has symbolically been used in scripture to describe certain experiences and blessings. Abraham the father of faith, demonstrated great faith in God by obeying His instructions to go to a land which he did not know, and accepted the call to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac. God blessed him and promised him numerous descendants as the sand of the seashore (Genesis 22:17-18). The Israelites also experienced the blessings of God, who delivered them from Egypt. Even though they complained to Moses saying that he had brought them out of Egypt so that they might die. The Lord was faithful to them as He always is. He rained manna on them and provided quails in plenty as the seashore (Psalms 78:27). The tribe of Zebulun took pride in the seashore (Genesis 49:13). They were strategically positioned in between two major seas, that is:- the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Galilee. The seashore to them was a source of livelihood and resource acquisition, through both marine activities and trade. The Lord also blessed King Solomon with great wisdom which was likened to the sand of the seashore (1 kings 4:29-34). His wisdom was bestowed upon him after he gave a sacrifice at Gibeon, and the Lord added him wealth, honor and a peaceful long life. His fame grew to nations all over the world, and many came to listen to his wise sayings. There was not a match in wisdom between king Solomon and multitudes from the East and the west, Egypt and the wisest of nations, and people. He remained the wisest man on earth until Jesus came. Jesus often times preferred to teach by the seashore. He demonstrated the power of faith through His teachings and by example. As He called the disciples to be fishers of men, we are also called to carry our crosses and follow Jesus through faith, and spread His gospel to many, that they may come to Him and be saved.
Lord You are faithful and Your faithfulness is everlasting. You have been so faithful unto us, we glorify Your holy name. You are so faithful to keep Your promises, we praise and honor You. You have justified us through faith, increase our faith in You Jesus we humbly ask You. Teach us to walk by faith and not by sight. Teach us to carry our crosses and follow You dear Jesus. Strengthen us in our walk of faith and guide us as we spread the gospel for the glory and honor of Your name. Fill our hearts with Your wisdom, our dear heavenly Father. Let us experience You in our lives, families, education, ministries, calling, work, business, leadership and nation. Make every crooked path straight and bless us. Bless our going out and our coming in dear Jesus. Bless our children and make them great generals of Your name. Bless the work our hands and increase us. Bless our ministries and make us exceedingly fruitful. Bless us Lord and keep us. Make Your face shine upon us and be gracious to us. Turn Your face toward us and give us peace merciful Savior. Amen
Further reading: Mark 16:15-16, John 3:16
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