(1-20) He began.—See Notes on Matthew 13:1-23.
First the blade, then the ear.—Following the same lines as before, we have (1) three stages in the growth of the Church of Christ in the field of the world, and (2) three like stages representing the influence of the new truth on thoughts, purposes, acts, in the individual soul.
The other side.—The voyage was from Capernaum—from the west to the east side of the lake.
Carest thou not that we perish?—St. Mark alone gives this touch of despairing expostulation, in which we trace the specific want of faith which was afterwards reproved.
The wind ceased.—Better, lulled.
Mark 4:40And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
Mark 4:41And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?