Matt. 16: Conflict with Pharisees


Jesus teaches his disciples important lessons

In today’s lesson we see:

  1. Jesus continues the conflict with the Pharisees and Sadducees;
  2. Jesus calls for a confession from His disciples, and Peter speaks for the group;
  3. Jesus confronts them for the first time with the church, His death and resurrection.

In Matthew 12:38 the scribes and Pharisees asked for a sign. At that time the Lord gave them the sign of Jonah. He is going to do that again, but first He calls their attention to the fact that, although they are very good at predicting the weather, they don’t seem to be able to recognize the signs of the times.

Actually, the religious rulers are trying to trap the Lord Jesus, and He is going to warn His own men to beware of them. Notice that this is the second time He calls them “O ye hypocrites.” Following these events, Jesus teaches His disciples about things that will be vital to their future ministry after His death and resurrection.

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[pullquote_center width=”85%”]He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 16:15-17)[/pullquote_center]

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