Fr. Foss delivered today's sermon focusing on Matthew 14:22-33. After treading water a while, we wandered into a sermon about Charlie's issues with the KJV which reads as follows:
22 "And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God."
I do not have an issue with that.
I think Charlie felt that the KJV translation painted Jesus as an imperial, imposing figure, particularly so in verse 31, or something like this,
When I read verse 31 KJV, and I give Jesus a gentle voice, the impression changes. Of course, this is me inserting my mind's desired voice. For, if the wind was "boisterous," Jesus would have had to use a loud voice to even be heard.
Charlie did not think the KJV was positive enough, and perhaps the newer translations corrected that problem, but the Charlie Foss version had a stronger image of Peter's love for Jesus. I got the impression that the new picture should look something like this,
It matters not which picture is used, the story has been one that has saved countless souls since Peter. On a personal note, just this week, someone witnessed to me the positive effect this story had on them during a very difficult time in their life. The story, for most adults stands on it's own as a Biblical gem that we can reflect upon whenever we fear we are sinking. For at those times, it gives us the positive message of hope that "Jesus will stretch forth His hand" and save us.