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Peter on the Waves.

Peter on the Waves.

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MATTHEW XIV. 28-31.

AND PETER ANSWERED HIM, AND SAID, LORD, IF IT BE THOU, BID ME COME UNTO
THEE ON THE WATER. AND HE SAID, COME. AND "WHEN PETER WAS COME
DOWN OUT OF THE SHIP, HE WALKED ON THE WATER, TO GO TO JESUS. BUT
WHEN HE SAW THE WIND BOISTEROUS HE WAS AFRAID ; AND, BEGINNING
TO SINK, HE CRIED, SAYING, LORD, SAVE ME. AND IMMEDIATELY JESUS
STRETCHED FORTH HIS HAND, AND CAUGHT HIM, AND SAID UNTO HIM, O
THOU OF LITTLE FAITH, WHEREFORE DIDST THOU DOUBT ?



MATTHEW XIV. 28-31.

AND PETER ANSWERED HIM, AND SAID, LORD, IF IT BE THOU, BID ME COME UNTO
THEE ON THE WATER. AND HE SAID, COME. AND "WHEN PETER WAS COME
DOWN OUT OF THE SHIP, HE WALKED ON THE WATER, TO GO TO JESUS. BUT
WHEN HE SAW THE WIND BOISTEROUS HE WAS AFRAID ; AND, BEGINNING
TO SINK, HE CRIED, SAYING, LORD, SAVE ME. AND IMMEDIATELY JESUS
STRETCHED FORTH HIS HAND, AND CAUGHT HIM, AND SAID UNTO HIM, O
THOU OF LITTLE FAITH, WHEREFORE DIDST THOU DOUBT ?

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PETER ON THE WAVES. BY NEHEMIAH ADAMS, D. D.,MATTHEW XIV. 28-31. AND PETER ANSWERED HIM, AND SAID, LORD, IF IT BE THOU, BID ME COME UNTO THEE ON THE WATER. AND HE SAID, COME. AND "WHEN PETER WAS COME DOWN OUT OF THE SHIP, HE WALKED ON THE WATER, TO GO TO JESUS. BUT WHEN HE SAW THE WIND BOISTEROUS HE WAS AFRAID ; AND, BEGINNING TO SINK, HE CRIED, SAYING, LORD, SAVE ME. AND IMMEDIATELY JESUS STRETCHED FORTH HIS HAND, AND CAUGHT HIM, AND SAID UNTO HIM, O THOU OF LITTLE FAITH, WHEREFORE DIDST THOU DOUBT ? Christ had gone up into a mountain to spend the night in prayer. The disciples whom he had sent ^before him to the other side of the lake were yet in the ship, and in the midst of a storm. Had he been there, they would have relied upon him to rebuke the winds and the sea ; but their faith in him was not yet such that they could avail themselves of the  power of his name to cast out a devil nor to still a tempest. These disciples had just witnessed the mir-acle of feeding five thousand with five loaves and two fishes. Jesus had remained behind to send the mul-titude away. They knew it ; and the remembrance
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(143) 144 CHRIST A FRIEND. of that day's miracle, if mixed with faith in the power of Christ, would have made them feel safe in the perils of the sea. They had not yet learned the omnipres-ence of Christ as they afterward felt and preached it. But perhaps it was the case with them as it is with us — that the appearance of danger overcame the recollection of past deliverances ; and it is with us frequently as it was with them, that our great Inter-cessor is praying for us at times when we think that all is lost, as his midnight prayers in that mountain were obtaining safety for his disciples in the storm. In the fourth watch of the night, or between the hours of three and six, Jesus came to them walking on the sea. The vision was indeed terrific. A human form standing erect upon the sea, and approaching a ship, is enough to make those in it suppose, as the disciples
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did, that it is a spirit, and to cry out for fear. Mercy and deliverance often come to us in ways which excite our fears ; we do not see that God is approaching us for any purpose but that of wrath in his dark dispen-sations. But in mercy as often as in wrath, " his way is in the sea, his path is in the great waters, and his footsteps are not known." While the hearts of these men were yet agitated by the vision, the voice of Christ not having fully calmed their fear, and before time enough had elapsed to receive him into the ship, one of their number appealed to him for encouragement to meet him on PETER ON THE WAVES. 145 the water. The ardent and frequently inconsiderate,  but most affectionate and zealous, Peter, bending over the vessel, strained his sight to penetrate the yet re-maining darkness, and in the intervals of the dashing spray and waves to get further proof that it was Je-sus ; but the storm and the darkness prevented him
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