A BIBLICAL STUDY


DOUBT

Teachings and Illustrations of Christ


Matthew 14



in the fourth watch


F.Y.I. CORNER



1.

Sea of GALILEE - measuring approximately 8 by 13 miles in size, known for its violent wind storms.

2.

DOUBT - (Gr. 1365) to waver

3.

DOUBT - (Gr. 1252) to separate thoroughly; to withdraw from; to discriminate; to waver.

4.

WAVERETH - (Gr. 1252) same as above #3

5.

FAITH - (Gr. 3640) Only used 5 times in the NT, all in the context of O ye of little faith.-Incredulous, lacking confidence (in Christ).

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FAITH - (Gr. 4102) used 230 times in the NT; persuasion, conviction of truth; reliance on Christ for salvation


 

LITTLE FAITH, WHY DID YOU DOUBT?

 

Doubt varies from those who use it as an excuse not to believe to those who do believe and find doubt interfering in their spiritual walk. Why does a person who loves the Lord experience doubt?

MATTHEW 14:22-33

1.        Why did Jesus send the disciples away on the ship? (14:22-23)

2.        What had happened during that time? (14:24)

3.        When did Jesus walk to the disciples on the sea? (14:25)

         Approximately what was the time of night? A) 6:00-9:00PM B) 9:00-Midnight C) Midnight 3:00AM D) 3:00-6:00AM

4.        What was the response of the disciples? (14:26)

5.        What was Peters request? (14:28)

 

6.        When did Peter start sinking? (14:30)

7.        What was the response of the disciples? (14:33)

 

LET HIM ASK IN FAITH, NOTHING WAVERING

 

 

 


KEY ELEMENTS IN THIS PASSAGE:

I.         DOUBT: Share the different uses of the word doubt. How did the doubt of Peter differ from the doubt of an unbeliever?

II.       WIND: Peter experienced doubt when the winds were contrary. When do these winds cause a person who loves the Lord to experience doubt? Explain:

    During times of suffering affliction Psalm 25:17-18

    During times of disobedience Psalm 119:176

    During times of unanswered prayer Isaiah 55:8-9

III. FAITH: Compare the two definitions of faith used in the NT (see F.Y.I.)

         In J.P. Greens Greek Interlinear, the direct translation of Jesus response to Peter is Little Faith, why did you doubt? Could Little Faith appear to be an endearing statement? How is the faith of Gr.3640 affiliated with that of a child of God?

IV. THE FOURTH WATCH: Why is it interesting that this event takes place at this time?

    The time of fear Matthew 8:25-26

    The time of weakness Matthew 26:41

    The time of giving up Psalm 6:2-3, 6

 

V.       THE PETITION: Review what Peter asked of Jesus (Matt. 14:28) Would you consider that to be a bold request? Explain:

         What can be learned concerning our petition? 1) Matthew 21:21-22 2) James 1:5-8 3) James 4:3 4) I John 5:14

 

VI. GLORIFICATION: Review the disciples response (Matt. 14:33). Why did God answer Peters request? John 11:4b; Isaiah 42:8

 

 

SHARE some things God has done in the fourth watch of your day, your week, and/or your life.

 

 

 



VERSE of the WEEK

 

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. - I John 5:15



 

SUGGESTION FOR PRAYER

 

        Pray that God may be glorified in a miracle in your life or the life of a loved one.