The Gospels – The Gospel According to Matthew
Power over the forces of nature
Matthew 8:23-27 “And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. (24) And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep….. 25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
26 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.
27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!”
The natural environment is maintained by beings which have been variously referred to as nature beings, fairies and so on and so forth. These are beings of which every culture on earth have stories about. Many have seen them and are convinced that they exist. Of course they remain hidden to these deceitful eyes of men of the intellect. They will never be able to see them because they do not deserve such honour. There are nature beings that maintain the wind known commonly as sylphs; those that are involved with fire known as salamanders; those involved with the earth called gnomes and those involved with the water element known as water-sprites.
Storms and the like are brought into being through the activity of such beings. They carry out such activity in accordance only with the Will of God as these beings are unable to do otherwise. Obviously such a One as Jesus being directly descended from the Father could see these beings, could understand their activity and more importantly could command them.
Therefore when He ordered that the sea be calm, these beings had to obey their Master. There is nothing arbitrary in this. It is the most natural phenomenon. All creatures in this Creation come under the influence of the Power of God and they must obey the Divine Command. The same happened in the case of Lazarus and the youth of Nain when Jesus commanded their souls to re-enter their physical bodies. This event should have induced reflection in those who observed it. It probably fortified the faiths of some of them as it should be the case in all good willing people.