Isn't Peter reckless? (Matt 14:22-33)
How do you respond to the story of Matt 14:22-33?
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25 And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid." 28 Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." 29 He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" 32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
Reader-response questions and comments:
1. Jesus does not ask Peter to come out of the boat and walk on the water. It is Peter who asks Jesus for his walking on the water. Why does he want such a thing?
2. In fact, the sea is not a place on which to walk. It is a place of danger. The boat must be a safe place. Thus he has to wait there. Isn't he reckless?
3. There are other disciples in the boat who are in fear and wait to be saved. What is his thought about them?
4. Once he was on the water, he walked with faith but soon failed. Why?
5. The wind ceased when Jesus and Peter got into the boat, which is a safe place. What does this imply to the readers?