My Sunday School group that I am a part of just finished studying 1st and 2nd Peter. It was a 12 Lesson program and it was really uplifting and education. Thoroughly enjoyed the class semester.
However, one take away I have from this is the negative reaction many have to events in Peter’s life.
I want to look at three moments in a different way.
First many always point out Peter sank in the water after leaving the boat but how many of us would even have the faith to walk out on to the water in the first place? Yes he ended up sinking but he had more faith then most.
Second Peter was told by Jesus to “get behind me Satan” after Peter said about Jesus’ death that it, “shall never happen to you”. Most of us knowing what would happen probably shake our heads at Peter but in that situation would we not be thinking the same thing? How many of the other disciples had similar thoughts? But Peter had the courage to speak up and challenge Jesus even if he was out of line.
Last Peter cut off a Roman Soldiers ear, this a brutal and scary moment when you think about it but again this shows Peter’s courage that while many of us would cower in that situation Peter was ready to fight to the death for Jesus Christ.
Peter didn’t just have faith and courage, he loved Jesus. He loved Jesus so much that he did things no one else had the faith or courage to do, even if he was wrong and made mistakes his love for God was clear.
Let’s remember Peter in his faith and remember God in how he took a flawed man of faith like Peter and turned him into one of the most importance leaders in church history.
Have a Blessed Week,
Peter Called Satan
Peter Cuts of Soldiers Ear
Daily Bible Readings:
Monday – Jeremiah 17:5-10
Tuesday – Psalm 1
Wednesday – 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Thursday – Luke 6:17-26
I think was you say is true. Another favorite of Peter that I have is when Jesus tells Peter how to fish, his humility in obeying a carpenter telling him how to fish, and later got out of the boat after making a big catch, he prostrated himself before the Lord and said, “depart from me Lord for I am a sinful man.”
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Excellent points. Very true.
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