When Simon crosses the Lake …and climbs into the boat with Jesus those in the boat worship him and say “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Do you see what I did? I used a few words and arranged them in an ambiguous way. I did this to prove a point. The disciples call Simon, Peter, the rock. The disciples also call Jesus the Rock and worship Jesus as the Son of God.
So why do Bible commentaries and modern editors arrange the words in the Jesus walking on water passage to make it seem like Peter is not The Rock that anchors their souls? Why do they set themselves and others up to criticize and reject Peter as The Rock that the builders rejected?
Has Simon tricked or deceived them?
Jesus calls Simon, the Rock on which I build my church. So why would Jesus ask Simon the Rock to do something that only magicians or wizards like Simon the Magus could do – unless of course Simon the Rock is Simon the Magus?
Commentators will say Simon the Magus is a wizard and a false prophet who called himself Bar Jesus—the Son of Jesus!
How then can Simon Magus be Simon Peter? Does not Peter in Acts 8: 18-20 admonish Simon Magus for offering to give money for the services of the Holy Spirit?
Mm…unless of course Peter the Rock is admonishing himself and like a very wise old prophet…he knows that the man who criticizes himself and admits when he has done something wrong, is a righteous man, a man who can turn from his sins.
Why you ask, did Simon Peter look up in fear when he saw the powerful wind and sink into the water? By looking up and recognizing the Wind’s “awesome” power as the Breath of God, the Holy Spirit, he admits She Jesus is not a ghost, or a woman of the evening he and other men can pay to touch them. This admission demonstrates Simon as the Rock who lets himself be dunked, baptized, washed clean and born again by Her “awesome” power. With this dunking, Simon becomes Bar Jesus!
Take heart. Do not be afraid. You too can sink into the water and be born again. You can learn the mystery of what it means to be a person of “little” faith.
There is more to this “walking on the water story” and there is definitely something “fishy” about it and the name Simon! Like Jonah, Simon a skilled mariner gets called and tossed into a situation that causes him to sink like a rock into the sea.
Commentators are right. Simon is a false or fickle prophet because he has one or more fictitious names and these names are like a millstone or an anchor weighing him down. So, who then is the true prophet in the boat at the helm? Is he a man without a pseudonym and someone who knows why the Woman has anointed him ?
Simon says in Luke 7:39, “If this man (the Christos, the anointed one) were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is–that she is a sinner.”
Can the birth name, the true name, of this prophetic teacher anointed by the Woman as the Christos be Alexander, the disciple of Simon? (Mark 15:21).
This idea sounds incredible, I know. Take heart. The Acts of the Apostles add more details.
Alexander is the one the Jews push forward to defend Paul’s teaching (Acts 19:33). In the Greek Interlinear text, the text says Apollo (the god of prophecy) was born an Alexandrian by name and race and proves to be Christ Jesus (Acts 18:24; 28)
Beware. Do not let Simon’s pseudonym and those of other Biblical characters deceive you, or the Prophetic Teacher the Sinner Woman anoints blind you and keep you from experiencing the resurrection for yourselves.
People of “little” faith have an anchor they can be sure…is grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love. When the Pilot hoists the anchor, and brings it up into the boat and the wind picks up…the boat puts out to sea and escapes many Pauline perils and treacherous shoals with the faithful “little” mother known to many as Paul. Paul is the “little” person of faith who sallied forth and braved many stormy seas writing letters for the love of friends to show and tell the Good News.
Paul writing a letter addressed to the Thessalonians, says. “Those who believe that Jesus died and rose again…will see the Lord return…and those that died believing will rise first (1 Thessalonians 4:14-18). Believers can count on it. Paul is an apostle, someone whose testimony and experiences also prove the risen Christ Jesus (Acts 18:5).
Christians can and have taken heart down through history, encouraging one another when the storms of life cloud or blind their vision and cause them or their loved ones to lose sight of one another, forgetting the promise of eternal life.