One of the fascinating sights is the almost mesmerizing continual roll of waves on the seashore.  While these may vary in size due to weather conditions, there is that ceaseless motion whose bounds are marked by the Creator. “Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it” (Jer 5:22)? The reminder of the boundaries of the sea had to bring a sense of comfort to Jeremiah’s soul.  The prophet had been warning of God’s judgment against Judah for their rejection of the true God and His Word.  Idolatry was rampart and the people desensitized to the consequences of such practices. Babylon, the center of idolatry, was in the wings of God’s stage of history to administer His judgment.  That evil power would be like the roaring waves that come upon the sand yet it too had its limits. God restored Judah back into their land when they cried for deliverance. Some five hundred years earlier, God had covenanted with David to establish his throne forever, a prophecy to be fulfilled as God became flesh conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of Mary from the line of David.  An Ezrahite psalmist portrays a picture of the coming Messiah and draws an analogy between the wrath of God poured out upon the humanity of Christ on the Cross and the roaring waves of the sea. “Thou hast put me in the lowest pit, in dark places, in the depths. Thy wrath has rested upon me, and Thou hast afflicted me with all Thy waves” (Ps 88:6-7).  David would graphically describe prophetically those hours on the Cross in which Jesus bore the sins of humanity, thus satisfying the righteousness of God so that man could be reconciled to God.  In those three hours of judgment, the humanity of Christ would scream out … “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning” (Ps 22:1). But the psalmist did not end his description of the Cross of Christ with defeat, but rather with triumphant, for we read … “I will tell my people what you have done; I will praise you in their assembly:  "Praise him, you servants of the LORD! Honor him, you descendants of Jacob! Worship him, you people of Israel” (Ps 22:22-23)!  During His earthly ministry, Jesus brought to the thinking of the disciples truths concerning His Person and work as recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures.  The gospels record an incident used by Jesus to teach his disciples to rest in His presence.  “That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?" He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still" (Mark 4:35-39)! These fearful men were in the presence of the Creator who set the boundaries of the waves.  Had He not said, “let’s go to the other side?” No storm could prevent them from arriving on the other side.  So in our lives, the roar of the waves may be intense at times, but remember, there is the One who set the sands to contain the bounds of the waves and He says to us … “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27).

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