Matthew’s Gospel is the Gospel of the Kingdom, and of the King. Here you see the King amid the storms of nature.
Matthew 8:23-24. And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples
followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea,
insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
In the quiet confidence of faith, resting upon his God.
Matthew 8:25-26. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying,
Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O
ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea;
and there was a great calm.
As great a calm as there had been tempest. After great trouble, expect
deep, delightful rest and peace, if you are a child of God.
Matthew 8:27. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
Now see the King in conflict with the powers of darkness.
Matthew 8:28-31. And when he was come to the other side into the country of
the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of
the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee,
Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the
time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine
feeding. So the devils besought him,
How the demons crouched at his feet! The dogs of bell knew the power of
his tongue; that was a whip whose lash they had felt before.
Matthew 8:31-32. Saying, If thou, cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go.
He never wastes words on demons.
Matthew 8:32-34. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of
swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep
place into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them
fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what
was befallen to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole
city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw him, they besought him
that he would depart out of their coasts.
A sad prayer; yet Jesus granted their request. Men may once too often
ask the Holy Spirit to depart from them. They may grieve him once more,
and then he will have done with them for ever. Now we shall see the
King in conflict with the diseases of mankind, and with human sin.
This exposition consisted of readings from Matthew 8:23-34; Matthew 9:1-13.