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XV. The stilling of the storm

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The nature miracles of Jesus include the stilling of the storm on the Sea of Galilee, which is described by the Synoptists. Whilst Matthew and Luke state that Jesus "rebuked" both the wind and the sea, Mark first mentions the rebuking of the wind and then Jesus' command to the sea: "Peace, be still". The God of Israel is the God of history and Lord of nature. The account of the stilling of the storm is often compared with the story in Jonah. The fact that Jesus addressed the natural elements is often associated with the "demoniac" atmosphere of sea and wind. In the account of the stilling of the storm we are told, to put it briefly, that Jesus is the "living Lord". The subduing of the storm was therefore not meant as a demonstration of power, but made Jesus known to His disciples as saviour/redeemer in all circumstances.

Keywords: God of history; God of Israel; Jesus; Lord of nature; peace; redeemer; saviour; Sea of Galilee; stilling of storm; Synoptists

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