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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