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Matthew 16:19-23 Jesus Tells of His Upcoming Death

Ashamed of my actions. Jesus can wash it away

Ashamed of my actions. Jesus can wash it away

We are still in Caesarea Philippi with Jesus and His disciples. Peter has just proclaimed Jesus as the Son of the Living God, through revelation knowledge passed to him from God Himself. Today, Peter will listen to Satan instead.

Yesterday when we were looking at Jesus remarks to Peter, I didn’t mention Jesus last comment directly to Peter, or His strict instructions to the rest of the group. This was not intentional and not meant to imply these last points were insignificant. Please forgive me for rushing through and let’s look back before we move on.

When speaking directly to Peter, Jesus tells him, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (verse 19). I don’t believe Peter fully understood the gift of authority Jesus just gave him. When Jesus sent His disciples out to minister to the people He gave them authority over demons and all kinds of diseases. He gave them the message they were to proclaim. Now Jesus was giving the authority to command heavenly forces too. Peter wouldn’t really understand and employ his new authority until after Jesus ascension. Read more »

Matthew 16:13-20 Church Built on the Rock

Jesus, our firm foundation

Jesus, our firm foundation

Jesus and His disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee again in our last visit with Him. Today He and His disciples have made it all the way to Caesarea Philippi. This was probably a couple of day’s journey, from looking at the map. It was at the northern end of the Jezreel Valley. I find myself, once again wondering what happened on that trip and in between the “then” and “now” in Matthew’s story. I realize that the bible would take up a storehouse if everything that Jesus did and said while on Earth was recorded. Also, as with most of our lives, there would probably be a lot of mundane minutia in such a detailed account. I suppose the writers simply skipped to the good parts in their stories. I know I do when describing my life. This account is another VERY monumental happenings in Jesus’ travels.

Jesus had a question in His heart that He wanted answered. As God, He could have simply known the answer by looking in each heart. But He wanted to hear the answer out loud. Is it possible that He wanted the OTHER disciples to hear the answer out loud? Was He using the Q&A session as a faith builder for the whole group? Read more »

Matthew 16:5-12 Leaven of the Pharisees

A little leaven spoils the whole lump

A little leaven spoils the whole lump

Have your ever seen someone, when they are totally frustrated by something they see or hear, slap their hand over their eyes and slowly draw it down their face? Usually this is accompanied by an audible groan or sigh. Maybe you have even done this yourself a time or two. I know I have. This is what I imagine Jesus doing during our story today.

Jesus and His disciples have just left Mangadom after their run in with the Pharisees and Sadducees. When Jesus walked straight to the boat, His disciples quickly followed Him. They didn’t take time to go shopping for supplies or even pick up the remaining leftovers from the three day healing and praise service. There were five baskets full when they left. They had probably been using them for their meals since leaving. No one thought to grab the basket on the way to the boat. Read more »

Matthew 16:1-4 The Pharisees Want a Sign

View by the Sea of Galilee

View by the Sea of Galilee

Jesus has just come off the mountaintop and He and His disciples headed to another seaport town on the Sea of Galilee named Magadan. When I Googled this town, Daily Bible Study tells me it might actually be the same town Mary Magdalene came from. Upon arrival, they meet the Pharisees again. I wonder if this group is made up of the same men as Jesus has encountered before. Was there a group assigned to follow Him wherever He went, or is every encounter filled with new faces? Jesus’ short answer to them this time leads me to believe at least some of them were familiar faces and had asked the same question of Him before.

Matthew doesn’t tell us of any miracles or teaching Jesus did while in this area. We are only told of this one encounter while ashore. I wonder if that means that Jesus and His group just stopped off for a quick moment or if whatever else happened there was so routine that it simply didn’t get mentioned. Why did Jesus come to this town in the first place? Is it possible that Jesus stopped here for some alone time after His three day marathon meeting? Did the Pharisees appearance prompt Jesus’ departure from the Read more »

Matthew 15:32-39 Dining With Jesus Again

Have you surrendered ALL that you are holding, or are you holding something back?

Have you surrendered ALL that you are holding, or are you holding something back?

As we saw yesterday, Jesus is back on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. He has been on the mountain top healing all who were brought to Him for three days now. The whole mountain is ablaze with praise to God for all the wondrous works Jesus has done. Things appear to finally be winding down.

Jesus calls His disciples to Himself and tells them that it is time to feed the people. They have been with Jesus for three days now and He is concerned for them. I don’t know if they have all been without food for the entire time or if they have run out of what they brought, but Jesus says they are hungry. He says they are so hungry that they might faint while on the way to find something to eat.

Jesus just fed 5,000 men, plus women and children, a short time ago. So you would expect the disciples to react with faith. “Ok. Let’s gather what we have on hand and let Jesus bless it. He did it before, I’m sure He can do it again; especially since He initiated the conversation.” Nope. They acted as if He were again asking them to go scrounge up dinner on their own for the crowd. “Where are we to get enough bread in such a desolate place to feed so great a crowd?” (verse 33). Read more »