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What does even the wind and waves obey him mean?


Even the Wind and Waves obey Him

Mark 4:35-41


In Mark 4:35-41, the phrase “even the wind and waves obey him” refers to the power and authority that Jesus demonstrated over nature.


This passage recounts the story of Jesus and His disciples crossing the Sea of Galilee in a boat when a great storm arose. The disciples became fearful for their lives, but Jesus was sleeping peacefully in the boat.


They woke Him, expressing their fear, and Jesus responded by rebuking the wind and saying to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Immediately, the wind ceased and there was a great calm.



This event reveals Jesus’ divine power and control over the forces of nature. By rebuking the wind and calming the storm with His words, Jesus demonstrated His authority over creation.


This is significant because it highlights Jesus’ role as not just a teacher or prophet, but as the Son of God who has power over all things. Therefore, it depicts the omnipotent power of Jesus over every created thing, over every condition or situation. It reveals also the supernatural power of Jesus, that Jesus’ power is beyond the natural. It is beyond the storm.

In Psalm 107:29, the psalmist says  “He made the storm to be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.” This further emphasizes God’s ability to calm the raging storms and bring peace to the sea. In Job 38:8-11 the scripture reveals more about the power of God beyond the storm when it says  “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb… when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?” In this passage, God speaks to Job, reminding him of His control over the sea and its boundaries.

So, these passages, along with the story in Mark 4, emphasise the power and authority of Jesus over nature, affirming His divine nature and reinforcing the idea that even the wind and waves obey Him.


So, if the wind and waves obey Him, that means even our challenges and problems can as well do so. So, let us continue to approach the Throne of Grace


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