Jesus claimed to be God all over the Gospels – in all of them.
Here are a couple of very specific instances (of many). Both of these are from Brant Pitre’s work.
Start by comparing Psalm 107 with Mark 4. The parallels are really striking.
Look at Psalm 107 (23-30) and compare this psalm with Mark 4:
Some went down to the sea in ships,
doing business on the mighty waters;
they saw the deeds of the LORD,
his wondrous works in the deep.
For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
which lifted up the waves of the sea.
They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths;
their courage melted away in their calamity;
they reeled and staggered like drunkards,
and were at their wits’ end.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he brought them out from their distress;
he made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad because they had quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
Who stills the storm in Psalm 107? The LORD. Remember that the word LORD (all caps in the OT) represents the four sacred letters of the Tetragrammaton, the name יהוה. Whenever you see LORD, all-caps, it represents the sacred name YAHWEH. That is what it means. So in Psalm 107, YAHWEH stills the storm.
There are six points here:
- There are sailors and ships
- There is a stormy wind and waves
- The courage of the sailors melts away
- So they cry out to YAHWEH
- YAHWEH stills the storm
- The waves of the sea are quiet
Put those next to Mark 4 and the main parallel is that Jesus in Mark 4 does what YAHWEH does in Psalm 107.
- There are disciples in the boat
- There are stormy winds and waves
- The disciples are afraid
- They cry out to Jesus as opposed to YAHWEH
- Jesus stills the storm (Notice Jesus doesn’t say, ‘LORD, still the storm.’ He just commands it. He doesn’t ask God, he doesn’t pray, he just commands.)
- There was a great calm.