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Here is my SOAP for today, Saturday, November 24, 2018
Matthew 17:1 “After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
Matthew 18:15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”
Matthew 19:27 “Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”
28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.”
I love reading all the stories that include Peter. So many great stories! His strengths and his weaknesses… He was a real person.
When I was studying “Thaddaeus/Lebbaeus/Judas son of James” one of the twelve apostles, one of the original twelve disciples, I looked at each or the Gospels where the Twelve are listed… Did you know? Peter is ALWAYS listed first… in all four Gospels!
I could write a book about Peter… His calling, dropping his nets to follow Jesus… in yesterday’s text, he proclaims Jesus is the Christ… the miraculous catches of fish (including Jesus sending peter to catch a fish with a coin in its mouth to pay their temple tax.)
Today it’s the Mount of Transfiguration… “WAIT! I’ll build some shelters! One for YOU, one for Moses and one for ELIJAH! Yeah! (I love how God cuts him off, “While Peter was speaking… a bright light covered them… and a voice came from heaven, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
Peter walked on the water… Yes, he sank, but he got out of the boat. He was the ONLY ONE who got out of the boat. He was among the first at the tomb. He preached on the day of Pentecost. Healed the man who was lame… “Silver and gold have I none…”
How about this one, when Jesus told Peter, “Get behind me SATAN!”
Then Peter slept when he should have been praying… that he wouldn’t deny Jesus…
AND he cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant! lol
Thank You, Lord, for Peter’s example. Not perfect, but in process.