Posts Tagged ‘Jesus warns His disciples’

Luke 9:21-22 From Mountain Top to Valley Low

It's a long way down

The highs are great, but it’s a long way down

Yesterday we looked at Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Christ. I can almost see Jesus doing a mental fist pump over this; “YES! They finally get it!” But now He has to reign them all in after receiving that amazing faith moment.

As we saw yesterday, people on the outside of Jesus’ group didn’t get to see the whole truth. They got a taste of it but were not privy to the deeper meanings. They had surface knowledge and works to back up their budding faith.

God had good reason for keeping things hidden from the masses. He had a plan in motion that required the people to play a certain part. God didn’t force any one into any specific role but He used their individual personalities and tendencies to His benefit. 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 »