Matthew 16

Matthew 16 Jesus tells his disciples to “Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (NAS95)  He was talking about the teachings of Pharisees and Sadducees but they thought he was talking about bread to eat.  Time and time again the disciples that were with Jesus had to be explained what he was talking about.  I am so glad that God will provide grace where it is due, because, if I were living in this time I don’t know if I could have made such a paradigm shift.   If those closest to Jesus needed to be explained the teachings of the Kingdom, how did the general public of the time accept it or understand it?

Jesus establishes his church based upon the confession of Peter, (Matthew 16:15-18) He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.  (NRSV)  Reread this and consider that the meaning of the name Peter means “rock” and the meaning of church means “called out” or “assembly.”  When you build something you have to have a good foundation like a “rock.”  The foundation to being one of Jesus’ “called out” is your personal conviction that you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God.

Have a great day,


Published in: on January 16, 2007 at 2:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

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