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STUMBLING BLOCKS

June 7, 2014

Saturday

 

Matthew 16:23

 

But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

 

EXAMPLE

 

The opposite of wisdom is folly, meaning the short-term self-indulgence which marks out the person who doesn’t think about long-term priorities and goals but lives on a day-to-day basis, asking, “What is the most fun thing to do now?”

– James Packer and Harold Shaw

 

LESSON

 

Jesus had recently called Peter a rock. Now He called him a different type of rock, a rock that causes someone to stumble. Satan had offered Jesus messiahship without suffering , and now Peter was suggesting the same thing. These were both appeals to Jesus’ humanity. The idea of a suffering Messiah caused Peter to stumble, and after Jesus’ resurrection the same concept caused many Jews to stumble.

Peter was not thinking God’s thoughts but man’s. When he confessed that Jesus was the Messiah earlier , he was thinking God’s thoughts. Now he was thinking not only without regard to revelation, but in opposition to revelation, as Satan does.

Much of our Christianity is concerned about me. Christians emphasize my forgiveness, my answered prayers, my blessings, and my spiritual gifts, and my Christian service. But at Easter, Peter had to learn, “It’s about Jesus, it’s not about you.”

 

Memory Verse: 1 John 2:10

 

 

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