I will admit, I was guilty of overlooking one of the first acts of Jesus Christ. Why? Well, it was not what one might call a "miracle" and as Christ said, we don't often pay attention to the non miraculous. This act of Christ may not have appeared miraculous but in actuality it was. This act was to draw his disciples out of the sea. The act of being drawn out or coming forth out of water is symbolic within itself.
“And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him”
A sea is a body of water. According to scripture, we understand that water represents the word of God. So, now we have the body of the word. Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word. As Christ confirmed at the last supper, the bread "is my body". The body of the word is the bread of life. It is Jesus Christ himself. We were drawn out of and from Christ to follow him.
“He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.”
We follow Christ as he followed his and our Father in heaven. In doing so, he accomplished all what the Father willed into being according to his good pleasure. If Christ did what he saw the Father do, we do likewise by following Christ.
“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
My mind shifted to another element that was said to have come forth from the sea. The beast of Revelation 13. An animal at its core nature can be described as a beast. A dog might be domesticated but its canine brethren wolves mostly dwell in the wild. An animal that believes it has to fight to survive will revert to its beastly nature. Belief and turning back are two core fundamentals of the Christian faith but it can be used against us. Can a man act like a beast?
“But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption”
2 Peter 2:12
From "survival of the fittest" to natural selection, theories and agendas have always existed which encourage us along a certain line of thinking. Why does a beast rise? For food. Much like God commissioned his children into action, the dragon commissioned his beast friends into war as well. The adversary is never far behind the anointed.
“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
One may say well this may only befall those without God. Those without education or wisdom. One of our mightiest apostles will tell you no that's not the case. A well learned and well respected Saul once exhibited a beastly lower nature. The man from Benjamin persecuted the kingdom of God with the savagery of a "lone wolf".
“Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.”
Paul's conversion took him from the nature of a beast to a son as he received the grace and mercy of God. He was now fully aware of what a beast was capable of.
“If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus...”
- 1 Corinthians 15:32
We dwell amongst the wolves without and within. A little leaven may just be the gateway a beast needs to gain a stronghold on our life. How do we navigate such? Jesus Christ asks us to be wise.
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
Wise like Daniel.
“...but the wise shall understand.”
- Daniel 12:10
Wise like Hosea.
“Who is wise, and he shall understand these things?”
- Hosea 14:9
Wise like John.
“And here is the mind which hath wisdom...”
- Revelation 17:9
God gives us the power to overcome the power of the beast through the power of Christ. All power and authority was given to the son. His worship was pure and true. If his worship is pure as the head of the church, we should strive to follow suit for we are called by his name.
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
This power flows outward, manifesting as strength when we need it through the grace and favour of God.
“For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted.”
The weapons of our adversaries may form but they will not prosper. God gives us a seat in a position of power for this is where Christ sits.
“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies...”
- Psalms 23:5
The unclean spirits once reigned in our temples. Out of grace and mercy, Jesus Christ called his children out of water. While his children emerged anew, something else rose behind them. One was called while the other appeared to move on its own free will. Being drawn out of water is a wonderful gift but it's only the beginning of a new thing. Keep going. When one takes a shower and emerges, they proceed to dry themselves off and get clothed. Be clothed in righteousness. One might decide to get something to eat. Be filled with the bread of life. All glory to God for this new world and new life we have been given. Live in grace, walk in peace and be blessed.