Study of Matthew 16:21-28 BSF Lesson 17 Day 5 and Day 6
10. a. Peter took Jesus aside (perhaps presumptuous, perhaps emboldened by Jesus previous remark) and probably compassionately in an older brother kind of way, chided Jesus for prophesying the manner of His own death at the hands of His enemies.
b. Peter couldn’t reconcile his view of Jesus as the Son God descended from the lineage of David with his view of Jesus enduring humiliation and defeat. This was unexpected, distasteful, and disturbing news.
c. When my flesh thinks it “deserves” something it has been denied for way too long, it creates an Ishmael. Every time.
And every time I get involved in an institutional church, my man-and-woman-pleasing-trying-to-fit-in-and-look-good kicks in.
d. Satan is behind all words and thoughts rejecting the work of the cross.
11. a. “Peter said, “Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away—whomever, in fact, our Master God invites.” Acts 2:38-39 MSG
b. taking up a cross of your own
- Self denial
- Self sacrifice
- Free of the world’s system
- Boast in Christ alone—our source of peace, happiness, and satisfaction.
d. Those who lose their life will save it.
e. By nature, I seek to please others. It is often an impossible and unrewarding task. I ultimately burn out. You would think that pleasing God would come easily—giving up my own desires, plans, etc. for His.
But pleasing others requires focusing on the outward and not the inward. It’s the reason we may be so vulnerable to “religion” foisted on us by the modern version of Judaizers.
Pleasing God requires turning everything upside down. Or inside out. Thankfully, it is “God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13 MSG)
Made me think of this song…
Here is the link for those using a mobile device. http://youtu.be/HGwfXYTUceA?t=1m31s
12. The previous verse (Matthew 16:27) refers to the judgment, so it seems the following verse would refer to that as well. Some commentaries say it refers to the three disciples who will witness the transfiguration. Some think, as I did, that it refers to the coming resurrection of Jesus. Some think it refers to the destruction of Jerusalem which occurred around forty years later.
Like some other verses and prophesies that can refer to more than one event, perhaps that is the case here.
13. See 11e