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The Ruler of the Sea

The Ruler of the Sea

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY GEORGE MOBERLY, D.C.L.




"What manner of man is this that
even the winds and waves obey Him."

WE are still in the Epiphany season; and Sunday
after Sunday further manifestations of tlie Lord's
divine power and greatness are put before us in the
gospel of the day.
BY GEORGE MOBERLY, D.C.L.




"What manner of man is this that
even the winds and waves obey Him."

WE are still in the Epiphany season; and Sunday
after Sunday further manifestations of tlie Lord's
divine power and greatness are put before us in the
gospel of the day.

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THE RULER OF THE SEABY GEORGE MOBERLY, D.C.L."What manner of man is this thateven the winds and waves obey Him."WE are still in the Epiphany season; and Sundayafter Sunday further manifestations of tlie Lord'sPivine power and greatness are put before us in theUospela of the day.To-day, indeed, being the Feast of the Purification, aspecial Gospel and Epistle are appointed, and I mightllEve dwelt, not without good reason, on that subject.For the Purification of the Blessed Virgin-Mother, aftertitfl hirtli of her Divine Son, is the model and patternftftcr which our own wives and mothers present them-mi-vea in the Church of God after the great pain andppril of childbirth, to give thanks to God in the pre-of ftU His people for the great mercy vouchsafedUiiiiii In theii time of trouble and distress. And thef4 tiut Blessed Mother and her unspeakableTHE RULER OF THE SEA 113happiness in her heavenly Infant, are a very touchinglesson of chastity and motherly love : when the chasteand happy mother can return her honest thanks withoutany conscience of sin, and present her new-born child toGod as an offering of her unmixed joy and thankfulness.But I rather prefer to-day to choose the Epiphanysubject, which you will find in the Gospel for the fourthSunday after the Epiphany.
 
As the first Sunday after the Epiphany shewed usthe Lord among the doctors at twelve years old ; andthe second Sunday shewed us His power in changingthe water into wine ; and the third Sunday shewed ushow His touch cleansed the leper, and restored theparalytic ; so the Gospel of the fourth Sunday shews usHis power in two other signal ways : first, as command-ing the sea, when the winds and the waves obeyed Him,and then, as commanding the evil spirits, and biddingthem to go forth from the two poor men who dwelt, ina sort of religious madness, possessed with devils, amongthe tombs.So, Sunday after Sunday, the various manifestationsof the Lord's power are set forth, and we see how Heruled over all things; how the natural productions of the earth, the water and the wine, are His, and Hemaketh the water to flow, and the vine to root, and bud,and ripen its fruit, to put gladness into the heart of H114 THE RULER OF THE SEAman : how the leprosy and the paralysis, all the diseasesthat affict the body of man and bring him down to thegrave, are all obedient to Him, and not one of themvisits us, or gives ns pain and sorrow except by Hiswill, and — if we will accept it and take it patiently — for our good ; and now, to-day, how the winds and thesea obey Him, and the very evil spirits themselves onlymove and act .as He permits them.Let us then dwell for a short time this evening onthe thought of the Lord as the Euler of the Sea. Thesound of the roar of the sea is often in our ears,brethren, and the sight of the mighty waves we are
 
familiar with, and no doubt among a people dwelling aswe do by the water side, there must be many who havedear friends, sons, brothers, fathers who go down to thesea in ships, and occupy their business in the greatwaters. It cannot be unsuitable for us to think awhileof Him whose Divine Power govemeth its wildest fury,and whose mercy is as surely evinced even in the de-struction which it sometimes causes, as in its mild andcalm moods, when it seems to be a thing only made forbeauty and pleasure.The sea which the Lord Himself calmed by HisWord when the frightened disciples cried to Him tosave them lest they perished, was but a large inlandlake ; liable, indeed, to sudden and severe squalls, whichTHE RULER OF THE SEA 115sometimes raised a very considerable sea, so as to ren-der the navigation very dangerous to the small andcrazy boats which then, as now, plied, chiefly for fish-ing, upon its waters. The mighty sea, as we know it,covers nearly two-thirds of the globe. Of this enormousmass of waters, the Atlantic Ocean, which lies betweenEurope and America, has long been thoroughly knownas to its surface ; and of late years has been hardly lessthoroughly explored in its depths. By careful andsystematic soimding its bottom is now so well knownas to be exactly mapped : its shallower portions, itssudden precipices, its lowest valleys followed ; from theshallowest ledge which borders the west coast of Ireland to the deeps not less than from three to fourmiles of perpendicular descent, where the Electric Tele-graph was lost and recovered. The other great oceans,the Pacific and the Indian Ocean, have not been searchedinto in the same way ; but there is reason to supposethat they are not less, but probably more deep in theirdeepest parts than the deepest portions of the Atlantic.

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