Monday Morning Prophecy #24 – The Messiah Would Calm the Seas

cross-pictureWe just finished up a number of weeks looking at the Old Testament prophecies regarding the genealogy of the coming Messiah and the fulfillment of those prophecies in the family line of Jesus Christ.  In addition to predicting which family the Messiah would be born into, the Old Testament also includes a number of prophecies regarding the miracles that would be performed by the coming Messiah to prove that he came from God.  In the next few installments of Monday Morning Prophecy, we will look at several of these prophecies beginning with a prophecy from Psalms about the time the Messiah would calm the seas.

In Psalm 107, we read the prophecy regarding the coming the Messiah calming the seas:

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. [Psalms 107:28-30 ESV]

To anyone familiar with the gospel accounts, reading this account from Psalms is sure to bring up images of the time the apostles were crossing choppy seas and Jesus slept.  The story is recounted in Matthew 8:

And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”  [Matthew 8:23-27 ESV]

Despite the fear of the apostles, Jesus was quick to remind them to have faith and he quieted the seas around them consistent with the prophecy made hundreds of years earlier.  This is just the first of many miracles prophesied in the Old Testament.

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