January 25/Matthew 16

Verses 1-4 > Some people just refuse to see what is going on around them. These religious people in verse 1 just didn’t want to believe in Jesus. Jesus said you guys know how to read the signs that point to what kind of weather we are having but you refuse to see the signs that already point to me and my authority. Earlier he had fed the 5, 000 and the 4,000 from very little food which pointed to Jesus’ authority. But all they wanted to do was argue because they just didn’t want to follow him.

We all have run into people who just want to argue they really don’t want to believe in Jesus. The signs in the heavens > the stars, moon, sun and planets all point to an orderly creator. The fact that the earth is the only planet to support human life points to a God who put us here. The human anatomy and the brilliance of our minds points to God who wants to relate to us and who is intricate in His detail. But they refuse to see these signs although they can tell you when a storm is going to hit the east coast! Those who want to really see that there is a God will see. The bible is a good place to start to find God. This is where he really reveals His person.

Isaiah 45:19 (NLT) — 19 I publicly proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner. I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me if I could not be found. I, the Lord, speak only what is true and declare only what is right.

Isaiah 55:6 (NLT) — 6 Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.

These non seeker, these arguers, Jesus calls wicked and unfaithful.

  I read about a French woman who lived fifty years ago and had been blind from birth. One day, someone gave her the Gospel of Mark in Braille. She was so blessed by the story of Jesus that she read it over and over until her fingertips became callused and lost their sensitivity. To regain feeling in her fingers, she cut off the calluses, and with bloody fingertips, read Mark’s Gospel yet again. As she continued to cut away the skin and the calluses, however, she damaged her nerve endings so badly that soon she permanently lost all feeling in her fingertips. Devastated, she held her copy of the Gospel of Mark in her hands one last time and literally kissed it goodbye. It was then she discovered that her lips were more sensitive than her fingertips had ever been. She continued to study the Scriptures—with her lips—and went on to become a gifted teacher of the Word.
Those who are blind but want to see will see, regardless of the obstacles. Those who don’t wish to see—Pharisees, scribes, and Sadducees, even though miracles are happening round about them—will not see because they don’t want to see.
Courson, J. (2003). Jon Courson’s Application Commentary (pp. 126–127). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.
Verses 16-20 > The rock that the church is built on is the Word of God. Peter got a word from God that Jesus is the Messiah and Jesus said that is what we must build our lives upon. Jesus is the living Word of God. So we build on Him as our foundation.

Matthew 7:24–27 (NLT) — 24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

Forbidding and permitting or binding and loosing means that we walk in harmony with heaven. We forbid evil to come upon us. We forbid in the name of Jesus anything that tries to tempt us away from the will of God. We loose peace, joy forgiveness, health, etc

Verses 24-28 > The cross is a picture of death. Each day I choose to hang my selfishness on the cross and I walk away and live my life in obedience to Jesus with the help of the Holy Spirit. To live any other way is to lose my soul. I have to decide if it is worth it to not live for Jesus. Ok I have made my decision, I Am Going To Live for Jesus!

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mark Gundersen says

    When Satan tempted Jesus, one of the temptations was to skip over God’s plan of salvation and move directly to an earthly kingdom with Jesus as an earthly king. Satan used Peter to once again offer the same temptation. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus asked if the cup could be taken away from him but fit the third time stated let God’s will be done.