The Crowning of Peter (LR)

Connected to God’s choosing us is His calling us out for our part to play in His Grand Design. Today we are looking at Jesus’ interaction with Peter. In contrast to the sons of Eli, who were honored by God, but faltered in the follow up; Peter is called out, honored by Jesus in Matthew 16. See verse 13 to the end of the chapter.

Here Peter gets it! He knows and understands who Jesus truly is. He speaks it. Jesus affirms him.

Later, Jesus is conveying what must happen to Him. None of the disciples understand Jesus’ trials. They remember the angels words to Mary in Luke 1–about the Kingdom lasting forever. Peter responds to Jesus statements, “may it never be!” Jesus then rebukes Peter.

This is a difficult passage for me. I have great lessons to learn from the interaction of Jesus with His disciples here. Jesus knew what was in the hearts of His disciples. Their hearts were full of sin and distorted thinking. Yet, Jesus finds the good. He affirms Peter for getting it right when he does.

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Moving to the Dark Side (LR)

We don’t have to look far to find darkness, no farther than the House of God.

To set the stage for Samuel’s crowning, I Samuel 2 contains Hanna’s Prayer.

Painting of Samuel learning from Eli

Painting of Samuel learning from Eli (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hanna’s Prayer is a beautiful worship of her God.  Her prayer has a warning, however, “the wicked shall be cut off in darkness” and immediately the narrative turns to the wicked sons of Eli.  Eli allowed compromise in the service to the Lord. But his sons were the main culprits.  They sinned against God in the execution of the sacrifices of the people of God, 2:25 & 29.  but his sons were worthless though they were.   They lay with women, they abused their privilege during the sacrificial process and dishonored God.  God said He will put them to death (2:25).  Because of their disobedience, Eli’s line was removed from the earth (2:33).

The Lord did not leave Israel in a lurch.  He provided priests and he raised up Samuel.   Continue reading