Be it Far From Thee!

Matthew 16:22. “Then Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him, saying, Be it far from Thee, Lord: this shall not be unto Thee.”

I had to get out my Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to look up the word rebuke. Surely, I thought, it can’t mean that Peter took Jesus to task, corrected him, scolded him!  Even from brash, impetuous Peter that seems just  unbelievable.

Believe it.  The word means to tax upon, censure, admonish,forbid, or straitly charge.

Peter was correcting Jesus! Not pleading, not commiserating, not asking how he could be of help.  No, he was telling Jesus, “This is wrong!  You can’t do this!”  And then he paradoxically adds, “Lord.”

How can we argue with God and still call Him Lord?  How can we deny what He has said, and still say Lord ?  For if we  deny His authority, then He is NOT Lord!

Years ago, someone said, “There are two words you cannot use together.  They are No, Lord!”  I have no idea who first articulated that, but it doesn’t matter.  The truth of it is undeniable. When we argue, deny, or otherwise rebel against God, then He is not Lord. He is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all.


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