Today’s Tasting: Matthew 16; Mark 8
At the beginning of Matthew 16, The Pharisees and the Sadducees ask Jesus to perform a miracle for them. He refuses. Jesus then warns his followers to beware of the false teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Later, Jesus asks his followers who others think he is, and who they say he is. Peter answers that
“You are the Christ, the son of the living God” (Matthew 16: 16 ESV).
After Jesus begins talking about his own death, Peter tells him to stop saying these things. Jesus speaks of how Peter does not care about the things of God, but only cares about what people think is important.
Mark 8 repeats some of these stories, but also adds how Jesus fed over four thousand of his followers, as well as how Jesus heals a blind man.
Today’s Nourishment: The temptation exists within us to ask God to prove His existence, along with asking Him to prove who he says He is, as the Pharisees and Sadducees requested of Jesus. You might tell God that if a certain thing happens, you will believe in Him. We know that this is wrong, but continues as a temptation to want proof. We live in a world of scientific proofs through research. Belief in something one cannot see is often mocked as ignorance.
Resisting the temptation of testing God with unbelief seems impossible at times. Jesus mentions to the Pharisees and Sadducees concerning the sign of Jonah, along with His death and resurrection as proven signs that He is who He claims.
“Jesus strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ” (Matthew 16: 20 ESV).
How do you allow modern day “Pharisees and Sadducees” to lead you astray with false teachings that make you doubt that He is the Christ.
Why do you believe that “He is the Christ”?
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Tomorrow’s Delight: Mathew 17; Mark 9