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Two hearts

Mark 4:35-40-

 “On the same day, when evening had come, HE said to them ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him ’Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’"

 The very last verse in the study- verse 40, Jesus said “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith."

God had already given the disciples the mustard seed size faith by this time, so He wondered where it had gone- much like He said to man in the garden- “where are you?” Both questions were more esoteric and rhetorical than actual. God here, as in the garden had given instructions to man and in both cases, man had deviated from those instructions causing God to question more where their hearts were than where their bodies were. Albeit true that the disciples did not empirically disobey God, they allow their fear to cause them to speak out lies. They were afraid of drowning and so instead of saying “Teacher wake up, we are scared and don’t know what to do” they dramatized it in order to get a reaction from God. They wanted God to save them, but they spoke as to manipulate Him into doing so. In the garden Adam wanted to be free of his sin but attempted to manipulate God by saying “The woman You {God} gave me…” In both situations, man was attempting to blame God for their current state of distress and in both situations, God was not to blame. Although similar, the stark contrast is the state of the heart of the disciples as opposed to the state of the heart of Adam. Adam ran from God when he began to die, and the disciples ran to God for help from dying. It is here, in this slight manifestation of humility that we see the abundant grace of God drawn toward the disciples in order to save them. Even though the disciples were in unbelief Jesus immediately saved them which proves Romans 3:4 which states that the unbelief of man will not make the faith of God ineffective. God gave the disciples His faith, and that faith manifested at exactly the correct time. It was only after the storm was calmed by Jesus did He deal with their stewardship of His faith. In the garden God gave Adam a command as He did with the disciples {Let us cross over to the other side}, yet Adam upon failing did not say “Oh God where are you; do you not care that I am perishing?”  It is therefore my firm and whole hearted belief that had Adam come to God in a state of repentance or even come to God period, then the fall would have never occurred- at least not the way it did. 

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