16 Matthew

Author

Mark Ramirez

Scripture

Matthew 16:1-28

Observations

  • The religious leaders (Pharisees and Sadducees) come to Jesus and ask Him to show them a sign from heaven in order to test Him.
  • Jesus’ reply to them is that they’re able to foresee the weather by looking at the color of the sky, but they are able to look at the signs of the time to see what is coming in the future.
  • Instead, the sign that will be given to will be the sign of Jonah.
  • As Jesus and the disciples are crossing the lake, Jesus warns them to be careful of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
  • The disciples think He is referring to the fact that they didn’t bring any bread with them.
  • Jesus rebukes them, pointing out their lack of faith. He tells them to remember the feeding of the thousands (5 loaves for 5,000 people, 7 loaves for 4,000, and the remaining basketfuls). He again warns them to watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
  • After this, the disciples understand that Jesus was not referring to actual yeast, but the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
  • At a later time, Jesus asks the disciples who people say the Son of Man is.
  • They reply and say some people think John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
  • Jesus asks the disciples who they say He is. Peter replies, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus says that Peter is blessed, because this truth was not revealed to him by man, but by God.
  • On the rock of Peter’s confession, the church will be built and the gates of hell will not be able to withstand it. Whatever Peter binds on the earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever is loosed on the earth is loosed in heaven.
  • After telling them these things, Jesus warns them not to tell anyone that He is the Christ. From then on, Jesus started to tell his disciples that He will suffer at the hands of the religious leaders, be killed, and rise again three days later.
  • Peter pulls Jesus aside and rebukes Him, telling Him that these things would surely not happen to Him.
  • Jesus then rebukes Peter, saying “get behind me Satan!” because Peter was being a stumbling block by not thinking of God’s plans, but the things of man.
  • Jesus then tells the rest of the disciples, if anyone wants to follow Him, they must deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Him. Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Christ’s sake
  • It is pointless for someone to gain every material possession but lose their soul. There is nothing one can trade for his soul.
  • When the Son of Man returns in the glory of the Father and with the angels, He will reward each person according to what they have done. Jesus tells them that there are some present there who will not die before seeing the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.

Application

Sometimes I find myself with the mindset of the religious leaders, asking Jesus for a sign, to show up in my life and make His power/presence known. I’m able to look around at other kinds of evidence and see the movement of wind or coming rain, but often I don’t recognize the movement of God behind the scenes. When I’m asking Jesus for Him to show up in my life, I need to take more time to recognize what He is already doing.

Prayer

Jesus, forgive me for asking for more when you are already at work in my life. Would you open my eyes in thankfulness for what you have done for me. I pray today I would have the eyes to see what you are doing and the heart to praise you for it.

 

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Jim Asselin wrote:
Thanks Mark
Just in case anyone is wondering, the answer to the question everyone asks about v28 is answered in the beginning of the next chapter - chapter 17
V16 Peter confesses Jesus as the Christ, v17 Jesus says Peter is blessed, v18 Jesus says the church will be built on that confession - v22 Jesus calls Peter Satan! How blatantly inconsistent. On the face of it it looks as if Jesus is pulling Peter's strings, that somehow we have a cruel God, but my heart knows better because I am that inconsistent sinner and I often answer from my own desires and what will benefit me rather than what God desires.
Lord work out in my life the roller coaster faith that I possess and give me a striving for you and what is yours.

Wed, September 9, 2015 @ 12:05 PM

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