Posts Tagged ‘Binding and Loosing’

Matthew 18:18-20 Binding & Loosing Factors

If I could only figure it out

If I could only figure it out

We are still in the house in Capernaum with Jesus and His disciples. Jesus has been giving private instructions to His disciples, as best as I can tell. Yesterday He talked about a brother offending you and how to handle it. I’m not really sure why my bible put that section and this section together. I don’t know if Jesus paused between these two topics or if He saw them as related. I also don’t know if Matthew used paragraphs and divisions when he wrote this narrative. To me, there seems to be a topic shift, so I split the lesson in two. Sorry if I offend anyone with this; it’s just how I see it.

In Matthew 16:19, Peter was specifically given the keys to the kingdom regarding binding and loosing things. Now Jesus extends that to the rest of the disciples. Just as Peter didn’t fully understand the gift when given to him, the other disciples didn’t understand the extent of authority being given here either. I am far from truly understanding it myself. Read more »