Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Morning Prayer Reading 99: Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ



Matthew 16: 13-23


13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock [b] I will build my church, and the gates of hell [c] shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed [d] in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! [e] This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance [f] to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Footnotes:

Matthew 16:18 The Greek words for Peter and rock sound similar
Matthew 16:18 Greek the gates of Hades
Matthew 16:19 Or shall have been bound… shall have been loosed
Matthew 16:22 Or “[May God be] merciful to you, Lord!”
Matthew 16:23 Greek stumbling block

English Standard Version (ESV)
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