Today, saturday, from the moment I decided to observe a (non-religious) sabbath, i have been inundated with gentle revelation
If you turn away your foot from [traveling unduly on] the Sabbath, from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a [spiritual] delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and honor Him and it, not going your own way or seeking or finding your own pleasure or speaking with your own [idle] words, then will you delight yourself in the Lord, and I will make you to ride on the high places of the earth, and I will feed you with the heritage [promised for you] of Jacob your father; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it. – Is 58 :13-14
So check out what I saw today…
Matt 16:11-28 is all one teaching. I break it up in this way…
How is it that you fail to understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But beware of the leaven (ferment) of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Then they discerned that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. – Matt 16:11-12
This warns that the teaching of legalistic people will somehow put leaven throughout your thinking and faith. I have found this to be true. Legalism is what obscures the great revelation that He is about to give to His disciples… the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven!
He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am? Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God – Matt 16:13-17
Jesus asks Peter who He is, Peter replies “You are the Christ” and Jesus strongly congratulates Peter, encouraging him.
And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros–a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra–a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it]. –Matt 16:18
Jesus says He will build His church as if it’s a castle or fortress. I in fact see it in that way, it it placed by God on a piece of land (revelation) and it holds that piece of land, come hell or high water it stands like rock. I see that immense hardness in its leaders, stubborn and pig headed, praise God!it has to be like that, because God reveals something and places a church over that land, to keep it.
Unfortunately, sometimes the next wave of land-takers get shot at as they scurry past the towers out into new as-yet untaken lands!!! 🙂
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven… – Matt 16:19
Jesus says something even more profound, He is about to give Peter the keys to Heaven.
Woooooahh!!! Gulp. Im listening Lord… what is the key?
The key to Heaven and Earth are contained in v21
19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven. – Matt 16:21
Tah-dah!!!! There it is! Peter, did you get it? 🙂
Then Peter took Him aside to speak to Him privately and began to reprove and charge Him sharply, saying, God forbid, Lord! This must never happen to You! – Matt 16:22
What was Peter thinking? 🙂
But Jesus turned away from Peter and said to him, Get behind Me, Satan! You are in My way [an offense and a hindrance and a snare to Me]; for you are minding what partakes not of the nature and quality of God, but of men. – Matt 16:23
Jesus had explained the keys – His cross – and Peter says “no” to this as the key (to Jesus dying to free the world from sin and death) and to that Jesus replies… “Get behind me satan, you are in My way”
The keys to Heaven is what He did on the cross and to deny that is to be rebuked as satanic.
Wow huh? 🙂