When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
- Matthew 8:23-27
And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”
As you can read, this squall, this whirlwind, this tornado (which is common in the sea of Galilee) was meant to mess with Jesus and His disciples. It was meant for harm. Do you think the Father wanted to harm the Son? Not a chance. This storm wasn’t from the Father, it was demonic.
Was it satan? One of his minions? Who knows. But what is known is that Jesus put the smack down on the storm. The word “rebuked” in Greek is “muzzled.” Jesus muzzled the evil force attempting to attack Him like it was a hapless, dirty mutt.
All the evils in this world aren’t from God, because God is good. The evil stems from the absence of good, which is evil. Just like darkness is an absence of light.
“But God knows about the evil, so isn’t He ultimately responsible? Knowing about a crime and not reporting it is a crime itself.”
According to human law, that may be right. But, that’s assuming He uses human laws to justify His actions, or inactions. Being that humans often mess up, and with most legal systems a running joke, why would He want to use our line of thinking?
The storm was from demonic forces attempting to stop Jesus – but He made a spectacle of it for our learning purposes. That tells me that evil doesn’t come from Him…
…it comes from bad forces or bad people.