Friday 24 July, 2015

Mark 8:31-33

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

What a rebuke! Peter got a real ‘dressing down’ by Jesus. It was public too – in front of the other disciples. He must have done something really bad.

But Jesus’ words have a haunting ring to them and get a knot in my stomach…

“…you are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”

Oh, how often have I done that very thing! When faith says “yes, it’s done!” my human point of view kicks in and says “it’s impossible”.

What about the trials are you and I may be facing right now?

I wonder what Jesus would say of us if we addressed these trials not with the “human point of view” of it can’t be done, but the point of view of faith. A faith that sounds a war-cry of power and confidence “this thing is defeated in Jesus name!”

Written by Boudy van Noppen

2 replies
  1. Stephen Fell says:

    Thanks B. Yes, a strong rebuke and could have been received with such shame by Peter. But we also know the character of Jesus and the delivery of the rebuke would have been in love, but with the firmness it needed. How often our concerns . . my concerns . . are from a human point of view, and not God’s view! I pray that I would receive the rebuke well at times when needed.

  2. Linda Quinn says:

    Thanks B – I always need to be reminded of this. My default needs to be faith vision – confident of what God can do – not what I can’t! After doing “Identity in Christ” at Night school last term, I am determined and equipped to remember who I am “In Christ”. I am committed to remembering each day (via phone alert) who I am and what I have. It’s helping transform my mind (Roms12:1-2) and reset my default. So glad Christ is committed to working with me each day in this!

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