July 11th 2021
Then Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people away.
After sending the people away, he went up a hill by himself to pray. When evening came, Jesus was there alone;
and by this time the boat was far out in the lake,
tossed about by the waves, because the wind was blowing against it.
Between three and six o'clock in the morning
Jesus came to the disciples, walking on the water.
When they saw him walking on the water, they were terrified.
"It's a ghost!" they said, and screamed with fear.
27 Jesus spoke to them at once.
"Courage!" he said. "It is I. Don't be afraid!"
Then Peter spoke up.
"Lord, if it is really you, order me to come out on the water to you."
"Come!" answered Jesus.
So Peter got out of the boat and started walking on the water to Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he was afraid
and started to sink down in the water.
"Save me, Lord!" he cried.
At once Jesus reached out and grabbed hold of him and said,
"What little faith you have! Why did you doubt?"
They both got into the boat, and the wind died down.
Then the disciples in the boat worshiped Jesus.
"Truly you are the Son of God!" they exclaimed.
They crossed the lake and came to land at Gennesaret,
where the people recognized Jesus. So they sent for the sick people in all the surrounding country and brought them to Jesus.
They begged him to let the sick at least touch the edge of his cloak;
and all who touched it were made well.
God had not forgotten Noah and all the animals with him in the boat; he caused a wind to blow, and the water started going down.
The outlets of the water beneath the earth
and the floodgates of the sky were closed.
The rain stopped, and the water gradually went down for 150 days.
On the seventeenth day of the seventh month the boat came to rest on a mountain in the Ararat range.
The water kept going down, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains appeared.
After forty days Noah opened a window and sent out a raven.
It did not come back, but kept flying around until the water was completely gone. Meanwhile, Noah sent out a dove to see if the water had gone down, but since the water still covered all the land,
the dove did not find a place to light. It flew back to the boat,
and Noah reached out and took it in.
He waited another seven days and sent out the dove again.
It returned to him in the evening with a fresh olive leaf in its beak. So Noah knew that the water had gone down.
Then he waited another seven days and sent out the dove once more; this time it did not come back.
When Noah was 601 years old, on the first day of the first month,
the water was gone. Noah removed the covering of the boat, looked around, and saw that the ground was getting dry.
By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry. God said to Noah,
"Go out of the boat with your wife, your sons, and their wives.
Take all the birds and animals out with you, so that they may reproduce and spread over all the earth."
So Noah went out of the boat with his wife, his sons, and their wives. All the animals and birds went out of the boat in groups of their own kind. Noah built an altar to the Lord; he took one of each kind of ritually clean animal and bird, and burned them whole as a sacrifice on the altar. The odor of the sacrifice pleased the Lord, and he said to himself,
"Never again will I put the earth under a curse
because of what people do;
I know that from the time they are young their thoughts are evil. Never again will I destroy all living beings,
as I have done this time."
See Also (on sea theme)
On the evening of that same day Jesus said to his disciples,
"Let us go across to the other side of the lake."
So they left the crowd; the disciples got into the boat in which Jesus was already sitting, and they took him with them.
Other boats were there too.
Suddenly a strong wind blew up, and the waves began to spill over into the boat, so that it was about to fill with water.
Jesus was in the back of the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. The disciples woke him up and said,
"Teacher, don't you care that we are about to die?"
Jesus stood up and commanded the wind,
"Be quiet!" and he said to the waves, "Be still!"
The wind died down, and there was a great calm.
Then Jesus said to his disciples,
"Why are you frightened? Do you still have no faith?"
But they were terribly afraid and began to say to one another,
"Who is this man? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"