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Jesus Turns His Back

Mark 8:31-33

31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

32 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.

33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men. (KJV)

Many people say that in verse 33 Jesus turned to face Peter to rebuke him. Which means that Peter would have been talking to Jesus’ back. I think it better to understand that Jesus, in turning to face his disciples, turned his back on Peter. Thus it is fulfilled what is written in Isaiah 50:5-7

Isaiah 50:5-7

5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.

6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. (KJV)

 In turning his back to the rebuke of Peter, Jesus set his face as like flint toward the cross.

By Berean Husband



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Warming at The Enemy’s Fire – Lot

When contemplating how we might today be Warming At The Enemy’s Fire, I was having trouble thinking this out very well. (May have something to do with spending the past couple of days listening to orchestra rehearsals all day.)

At first the only thought I had was Lottery Funding. Some states use the income from lotteries to fund scholarships for qualified students. Is this not “warming ourselves at the enemy’s fire”? Especially when we consider those who buy lottery tickets are often those who can least afford it.


But this doesn’t affect me. I don’t buy lottery tickets nor do I use lottery funds to send my children to college. But surely I cannot just say well I’m not guilty of ever “warming at the enemy’s fire”?

So I decided to see who else in Scripture was guilty. It wasn’t hard at all to find several examples.

Lot

Lot choose the well watered plains with the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah when he separated from Abraham.

Genesis 13:5-13

5 And Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents,
6 so that the land could not support both of them dwelling together; for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together,
7 and there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were dwelling in the land.
8 Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen.
9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.”
10 And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
11 So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other.
12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom.
13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.
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See that in verse 12 Lot was just pitching his tent near Sodom, yet by Genesis 19:1 Lot is living in the city and sitting in the gate.

Genesis 19:1 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. ESV

Lot was “warming himself” by enjoying the protection and benefits of the city despite being grieved by the sin of the city. We of course know of the troubles Lot was soon to find himself in.

2 Peter 2:7-8
7 and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked
8 (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard);
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Notice who tells us of Lot being grieved by the sin of the city.

None other than Peter!

You think Peter understood being in the wrong place, warming himself with the enemy, and falling into sin?



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Warming At The Enemy’s Fire?

Last night while reading a passage of Scripture in our Bible study class my attention was drawn to the following verse:

Luke 22:55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. ESV

This verse just really caught my attention. It is from a very familiar passage in Luke about Peter’s denial.

Luke 22:54-62
54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance.
55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them.
56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.”
57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.”
58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.”
59 And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.”
60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.”
62 And he went out and wept bitterly.
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Peter did the following:

  • Followed at a distance. (There will be problems when you distance yourself from Christ.)
  • Warmed at the enemy’s fire.
  • Denied Christ three times.
  • Wept bitterly.

You could spend days discussing each of these things that Peter did and how one led to another.

But my specific attention was drawn to the warming at the enemy’s fire.

What does that look like to us today?

How do we as New Testament believers warm ourselves at the enemy’s fire and cause us to fall into sin?


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When A Donkey Speaks …

…would you listen?

Some might say that the story of Balaam’s donkey talking is of little importance and it is making much ado about nothing to worry whether or not someone believes it.

Read this first and just see who thinks it is important.

What is your excuse for not believing in a talking donkey?

Balaam listened to his donkey and it saved his life.

Numbers 22:22-34

22 But God’s anger was kindled because he went, and the angel of the Lord took his stand in the way as his adversary. Now he was riding on the donkey, and his two servants were with him.
23 And the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road, with a drawn sword in his hand. And the donkey turned aside out of the road and went into the field. And Balaam struck the donkey, to turn her into the road.
24 Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path between the vineyards, with a wall on either side.
25 And when the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she pushed against the wall and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall. So he struck her again.
26 Then the angel of the Lord went ahead and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right or to the left.
27 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam. And Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he struck the donkey with his staff.
28 Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?”
29 And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have made a fool of me. I wish I had a sword in my hand, for then I would kill you.”
30 And the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey, on which you have ridden all your life long to this day? Is it my habit to treat you this way?” And he said, “No.”
31 Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, with his drawn sword in his hand. And he bowed down and fell on his face.
32 And the angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to oppose you because your way is perverse before me.
33 The donkey saw me and turned aside before me these three times. If she had not turned aside from me, surely just now I would have killed you and let her live.”
34 Then Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, “I have sinned, for I did not know that you stood in the road against me. Now therefore, if it is evil in your sight, I will turn back.”
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Balaam’s life was saved because he listened to his donkey.

Although today there are many people who say this didn’t happen.

“It is a myth, a fairytale.”

“Rational, objective, thinking people do not believe that a donkey spoke to a man.”

“That is absurd.”

What do you do when these same people claim that because they say they believe in Jesus they will go to Heaven?

This is a much harder concept to grasp:

That God sent His beloved Son to die a horribly cruel death for worthless sinners who hated Him and eagerly killed Him.

Believing in a talking donkey is easy unless you have become wise in your own eyes.

Proverbs 3:5-7
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
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Are you wise in your own eyes? Would you use one of the following excuses:

~ rational people do not believe in talking donkeys

~animals only talk in fairy tales

~I don’t believe what I heard

~I don’t have to believe this in order to be a Christian

~ that’s foolish

~ denying a talking donkey in the OT isn’t denying Christ in the NT

~ even if God’s word says that donkey’s talk, I won’t believe it

~ you can’t believe everything in the Bible, don’t you know man corrupted it?

~ “Talking donkeys are easy to believe in.” Yes…especially in a psychiatric ward.

I especially like the last one since it was directed specifically at me. 🙂

Why do I like that one?

Glad you asked!

See Sunday (Resurrection Sunday) I was reading my Bible between church services. My passage that I happened to choose to read was 1 Peter and 2 Peter.

Guess what passage happened to really catch my eye.

2 Peter 2:15-16

15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing,
16 but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.
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Did you catch that?

“…a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read that and never really grasped the fullness of it.

Come and join Peter and me in the “psychiatric ward.”

I encourage you to decide whether you should believe in talking donkeys after reading the rest – then come and join us. This is what I have learned from that passage.

1. Peter believed in talking donkeys.

2. Peter also was one of the eyewitnesses of the crucifixion, so if you can’t trust that a donkey spoke then you have to question everything of Peter’s.

3. Believing in talking donkeys actually saved Balaam’s life.

4. Believing in talking donkeys kept Balaam from madness.

5. Not only was this story important enough to be included in the OT it was reiterated in the NT. Not many OT events get that much importance. When a Bible text is repeated or quoted it pays to pay special attention to it.

6. As I always say, read for the full context. What is the context of the passage? 2 Peter 2 is about False Prophets and Teachers who are “blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant” (see 2 Peter 2:12).

7. Even if the event had not been in the NT it was still important and profitable, because all Scripture OT and NT is profitable.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

ESV

Believing in talking donkeys yet?

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