We are half way through the Book of Matthew in our POWERful Bible journaling. In my Bible, the very first section of chapter 16 is titled, “The Demand for a Sign.” Uh-Oh, just reading it makes me hear, “Dun Dun Dun…” And I want to say, “What, that’s a bad thing?”
In Matthew Henry’s Commentary, he writes, “The Pharisees and Sadducees were opposed to each other in principles and in conduct; yet they joined against Christ. But they desired a sign of their own choosing: they despised those signs which relieved the necessity of the sick and sorrowful, and called for something else which would gratify the curiosity of the proud. It is great hypocrisy, when we slight the signs of God’s ordaining, to seek for signs of our own devising.” Hmmm, sound familiar?
POWERful Bible Journaling: Matthew 16
P –Lord, let me only have eyes for You. I want to recognize You in everything that happens. I heard the best quote recently from a woman who had lost her hands and feet, “Things don’t happen to you, the happen for you.” I want that type of vision.
O –It seems to me in this chapter the messages are getting harder to understand because they are harder to bear. Even Peter tries to protect or reassure Christ that His death is not imminent…and he gets rebuked for it.
W —vs 9…Do you still not perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?
E –I’ve been in the Apostles shoes, forgetful of Your works, love and care…even down to the crumbs.
R –I want to enjoy the meal and gather the crumbs Lord. I want to see You and Your will and be nourished by You in the big things as well as the little. Gratitude is key for me, so I don’t forget how many baskets I have filled or can fill.
Please share your POWERful reflections in the comments.