Today’s readings.. (Genesis 25,26), (Psalm 31), (Matthew 16)

In ancient times a rock symbolized something secure and God was the ultimate rock!  David wrote in the Psalms, as we read 2 days ago, “To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me” [Psalm 28 v.1]  He also pleads with God, “when my heart is faint, lead me to the rock that is higher than I” [Psalm 61 v.2]
In today’s reading in Matthew, Jesus seems to call Peter a “rock” [16 v.18], but read the context carefully; among the people there is increasing speculation as to who Jesus is – and he asks his disciples, “Who do you say that I am? [v.15]  Peter declared, ‘You are the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the living God.” [v16]
This declaration is the “rock”! The possession of true insight and real faith. It is “on this ‘rock” says Jesus, “that I will build my church and the gates of hell (hades, i.e. the grave) will not prevail against it” [v.18] It is true faith that makes death but a sleep with a wonderful waking – as David believed – see Psalm 17 v.15.
We recall it was Jesus who added the name ‘Peter’ to Simon (Luke 6 v.14) when he called him to be a disciple. The name Peter means a rock – petros.  Yet human rocks have to prove themselves; Jesus was, and still is, looking for such rocks; those who have the true insight of faith – on which “I will build my church” [v.18]
As the early chapters of the book of Acts reveal Peter became the rock around which the first community of believers in Jerusalem was built.  But before then he failed disastrously!  The next verses tell us that “from that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem … and be killed.”
Peter reacted in an astonishing way; he “began to rebuke him, saying ‘Far be it from you Lord! This shall never happen to you.’” [v.22]  Jesus responded by saying “to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan!  You are a hindrance to me … you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” [v.23]
The “set” of our minds is vital!  If they are wrong we end up being opposed to God and to Jesus. When Jesus returns He will Judge and he has told us that “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father.” (Matt. 7:22)  Those who develop a true faith become, in Christ’s eyes, a ‘rock’ on which, even today, he can build.  Let us make sure the ‘set’ of our minds is on godly ways with a readiness to become a ‘rock’ with a true faith in his service – and never a satan..

* Click verse text to see cross references.
More Like This...

Follow our Bible News Facebook Page (click Image)

milestones bible

Join our Watchman Facebook Group (click Image)

Youtube Watchman Banner3x

Follow our Bible School Facebook Page (click Image)

open bible

Romans 10:18 “their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world”

Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Christadelphians – Find us in the C.A.L.S diary (Org.35) 

More info on our ‘About us page’

On YouTube – Please Click On YouTube Notification Bell 🔔 Next To the Subscribe Button To Be Notified Of New Christadelphian Watchman Videos!

Download our ‘Free’ Bible APP – ‘KeyToThe Bible’ for i-phone or Android

Read a variety of booklets on-line concerning various First Principle Bible subjects.

True Bible Teaching Booklets exists to serve the brotherhood in providing both preaching and Study material in video and other forms to assist in the proclamation efforts of individuals and Ecclesias alike and also as a preaching tool in itself.

This website was set up to assist in this endeavour and our aim is to Declare the God of Israel to those who are seeking the truth about the Human condition and the message of salvation found within the pages of scripture (the Bible).

We are a group of Baptised Christadelphians from all over the world who volunteer their God-given time and resources to this cause.

Christadelphians: Find us in the C.A.L.S diary (Org.35)

Related Posts

Make A Comment

Privacy Preferences
When you visit our website, it may store information through your browser from specific services, usually in form of cookies. Here you can change your privacy preferences. Please note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our website and the services we offer.