The Story of Peter and Jesus
Peter, whose real name was Simon Peter, was the best friend of Jesus or Jesus was the best friend to Peter. When someone posted a verse from the book of Mathew it got me to read that chapter, chapter 16 again. They only used scripture19. It took everything that Jesus was saying and had done to that point way out of context. Many times Christians will do this to only prove their point and leave out the rest that proves another point altogether. When I re-read it it became clearer when I read the whole story and in it’s context. Mathew 16 is an extension of Mathew 15 in regards to getting the whole story and message that was being conveyed by the author that wrote Mathew.
Religions have twisted this message and I too believed what they had said. It wasn't until I read it for myself and the whole paragraph that included two chapters in Mathew that I really got the meaning and the truth of the matter.
Religion uses the one scripture to say that Peter rebuked Jesus. They use it as guilt sword if people deny their words. They even expand it to mean that Peter was rebuking Jesus as the Son of God and denies him and that concept. I did not get that at all when I read Mathew 16.
There are many things and subjects just in that small chapter. I doubt that chapter contains all of the words spoken or deeds done. I would bet that they were summarized by the clergy that translated those words into what the church now calls the Bible. Today’s Bible is so manipulated, and I am saying this with a loving heart, that the only things people get out of it is how to judge others with their own criteria that the clergy want you to. It is a racket. They tell you they want to save your soul, but that is not the whole truth. Only God can do that, no matter what those Christians threaten you with.
I am going to explain the story of Peter. I will not divide up the verses or paragraph by numbered sentences called scripture. They did not write that way back then, neither did they speak that way so why even use it that way in the first place. I tell you the clergy is told to keep you in the dark at all costs. I found this while searching for my own purposes when I went through RCIA (Roman Catholic Initiation of Adults). They have since taken that statement from their on-line books. Think of what that is saying to you. Why would they want to do that and at what cost and what is so secret that they need to threaten?
For the whole paragraph or story we need to go to the previous chapter and here that is:
And they did all eat, and were filled, and they took up what was over of the broken pieces seven baskets full, and those eating were four thousand men, apart from women and children. And having let away the multitudes, he went into the boat, and did come to the borders of Magdala.
**Jesus had finished and was getting on the boat to Magdala.
Thoughts On This Scripture
Signs of those times that even the Pharisees and Sadducees (clergy of that time period) could not decipher. Remember Jesus did not like the clergy of his time. They were trying to rip him up so that they had a viable excuse to murder him. Jesus was not speaking of a future time, but of the time that he was living. Jesus did not like the church either. How could it be his bride when he did not like it in the first place?
Matthew 16: 1-3
And the Pharisees and Sadducees having come, tempting, did question him, to shew to them a sign from the heaven,and he answering said to them, `Evening having come, ye say, Fair weather, for the heaven is red,and at morning, Foul weather to-day, for the heaven is red -- gloomy; hypocrites, the face of the heavens indeed ye do know to discern, but the signs of the times ye are not able!
What does it really say?
This is self explanatory what Jesus told them he was speaking of. You bet religion tears this apart to mean something else when they use individual sentences to explain something else altogether.
What does it say?
Where is the story according to Jonah the prophet? What was the sign that he saw? He did not try to explain it to them and he really didn’t have an agenda and so he just left them without judging or damning to a fiery place. At least it is not said here and I really think they left out a whole lot here.
Mathew 16 4-12
A generation evil and adulterous doth seek a sign, and a sign shall not be given to it, except the sign of Jonah the prophet;' and having left them he went away. And his disciples having come to the other side, forgot to take loaves, and Jesus said to them, `Beware, and take heed of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees;' and they were reasoning in themselves, saying, `Because we took no loaves.' And Jesus having known, said to them, `Why reason ye in yourselves, ye of little faith, because ye took no loaves? Do ye not yet understand, nor remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many hand-baskets ye took up? nor the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
how do ye not understand that I did not speak to you of bread -- to take heed of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees?'
Then they understood that he did not say to take heed of the leaven of the bread, but of the teaching, of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
What it really says or doesn't say
It does not say nor does state that he is God. The people say that he is another prophet or God himself. He rejoices in Peter for he has learned this to be true from his own heart and soul. In the next verse he tells Peter that he will be the rock and foundation of the assembly. An assembly is a group of people that have things in common. It is not a church. Jesus already knew what he was up against from the clergy so he did not make it a building, but only a group of people.
Mathew 16 13-17
And Jesus, having come to the parts of Cesarea Philippi, was asking his disciples, saying, `Who do men say me to be -- the Son of Man?' and they said, `Some, John the Baptist, and others, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.' He saith to them, `And ye -- who do ye say me to be?' and Simon Peter answering said, `Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.' And Jesus answering said to him, `Happy art thou, Simon Bar-Jona, because flesh and blood did not reveal [it] to thee, but my Father who is in the heavens.
Jesus tells Peter that he will be the rock and foundation of the assembly. An assembly is a group of people that have things in common. It is not a church. Jesus already knew what he was up against from the clergy so he did not make it a building, but only a group of people.
Jesus wasn’t telling us that he will give US the keys to the Kingdom. He told Peter that he would give the keys to the Kingdom to him. This also states that what some have phrased as “As above, So Below”.
Mathew 16:18 and 19
And I also say to thee, that thou art a rock, and upon this rock I will build my assembly, and gates of Hades shall not prevail against it; and I will give to thee the keys of the reign of the heavens, and whatever thou mayest bind upon the earth shall be having been bound in the heavens, and whatever thou mayest loose upon the earth shall be having been loosed in the heavens.'
What this says about us
Jesus is talking about the EGO. Lose your EGO and become like him. Jesus also said for us not to worry about where we may sleep or what we shall eat because our needs, not wants that the ego dictates to us, because they will be given to us.
Jesus now says that he is the Son of Man and NOT of God. Who translated that?
Mathew 16 20-23
Then did he charge his disciples that they may say to no one that he is Jesus the Christ. From that time began Jesus to shew to his disciples that it is necessary for him to go away to Jerusalem, and to suffer many things from the elders, and chief priests, and scribes, and to be put to death, and the third day to rise. And having taken him aside, Peter began to rebuke him, saying, `Be kind to thyself, sir; this shall not be to thee;' and he having turned, said to Peter, `Get thee behind me, adversary! thou art a stumbling-block to me, for thou dost not mind the things of God, but the things of men.'
What it really says
They were told NOT to tell others about him or what he has done at this time. Peter was doing as he was told and so were the other disciples. They did not lie and they did not go against Jesus’s wishes like religion tells us they did.
Jesus knew what was going to befall him. That was common sense but the church teaches it as some kind of mystery. Read the beginning story where the Pharasees and the Sadducees came after him. They were looking for him. Jesus knew what he was doing and what it would cause to happen. Anyone, not just Jesus was hung or nailed from a tree if they said anything against Ceasar or Rome. Common Sense!
Read this again and you will see as I do that Peter was not rebuking Jesus but that he was rebuking what was going to happen to his best friend. He did not want to believe that these things were going to happen. He did NOT rebuke Jesus.
Jesus admonished Peter because he selfishly wanted no harm to come to his “best friend”. Anyone would do that even today. Today when someone tells us that they know how they are going to die we called them crazy and deny it. No different then with Jesus and Peter. Yes in Jesus’s eyes that would be a stumbling Block. It would prevent him from being taken seriously and finishing the job that he was set out to do. We do that when those of us who are the living keep our dead from moving on.
Mathew 16 24-28
Then said Jesus to his disciples, `If any one doth will to come after me, let him disown himself, and take up his cross, and follow me, for whoever may will to save his life, shall lose it, and whoever may lose his life for my sake shall find it, for what is a man profited if he may gain the whole world, but of his life suffer loss? or what shall a man give as an exchange for his life?
For, the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of his Father, with his messengers, and then he will reward each, according to his work. Verily I say to you, there are certain of those standing here who shall not taste of death till they may see the Son of Man coming in his reign.'
Poor Peter and the words of Jesus
So Peter is not the awful person the church claims him to be. He was just afraid of losing his best friend, just like the rest of us. He was probably also a bit afraid that he may not be what Jesus wanted him to be with the responsibilities he would have after Jesus passed. We would all do the same things. Jesus was concerned about Peter and told him not to be afraid and not to hold onto him. An adversary is not evil nor of a malicious being the church uses to hold onto it’s parishioners. When we pass on we are told to let go. We are told death do us part. We are told NOT to have any graven images and not to worship anything or any person even Jesus. It is for a reason. We cannot move on if things are pulling us back to our life we just left. Love is not holding on, it is letting go.
We are told not to be like Peter in holding onto the flesh, our human earthly bodies. They are the vessel in which holds our soul, or as I like to put it, our puppet. Peter was given the keys to the kingdom, the knowledge of this to pass on. Jesus wanted him to preach this to all the people and was made the rock of the assembly of Jesus’s teachings. It did not reflect the desires of Rome and he was also murdered. Peter did not deny Jesus or stop believing in him. What he denied was the pain and suffering that he knew his best friend would be going through. Religion teaches otherwise and they have omitted Peter’s story from that Bible. Peter was killed a couple of years after Jesus had died for attempting to spread the words and works of Jesus, his best friend. Read Peter’s story, The Acts of Peter. At the very bottom of his account of what he had seen and done Jesus speaks up and says these words and they are as true today as they were when he was alive in his time,
"The rich men of the city, however, those who did not see fit even to acknowledge me, but who reveled in their wealth and pride - with such as these, therefore, do not dine in their houses nor be friends with them, lest their partiality influence you. For many in the churches have shown partiality to the rich, because they also are sinful, and they give occasion for others to sin. But judge them with uprightness, so that your ministry may be glorified, and that my name also, may be glorified in the churches." The disciples answered and said, "Yes, truly this is what is fitting to do."
© Debra K. Allen a.k.a Lady Guinevere
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