Why Are You Afraid?

Matthew 8:26
“Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?”


Out on the Sea of Galilee, in the midst of a great tempest, we find the disciples fearing for their lives. When they cry out to Jesus for help, He responds with a question. “Why are you afraid?” Naturally, they had much reason to fear. The storm was great, many in the boat were unaccustomed to the sea and it’s ways, and fear has a way of spreading from one to another. To make matters worse, when they looked to Jesus, He seemed to not care about their plight. He was sleeping while they were suffering. It seems they had reason to fear. On the other hand, they had been traveling with Jesus. They lived through the chapter we just read. They saw Him cleanse the leper and heal the crowds. If they had only looked back at what Jesus had done, they would have had great comfort for what they were facing.

Perhaps this morning would be a good time to reflect on the works of God. Think through the pages of Scripture at His mighty deeds in the lives of others. Then think through your life and remember all the ways He has been faithful to you.

“Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?

Pastor Jim

Questions for Chapter 8

  1. Leprosy was an incurable, communicable disease. The law forbids anyone to touch a leper. What does Jesus do? What is the result?
  2. A centurion is a Roman soldier, not a Jew. What does Jesus say about His faith?
  3. How does Peter’s mother in law respond to what Jesus did for her? How can you serve Jesus?
  4. Summarize in just a few words what Jesus says about following Him in 8:18-22.
  5. What did the disciples do in 8:23?
  6. Where was Jesus during the storm?
  7. What was He doing?
  8. How does the whole city react to the healing of the demon possessed men?

Old Testament:
Genesis 15- Agents Of Shield
Genesis 16- God Who Sees

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