God opened Peter’s heart and mouth to confess Jesus as the Christ. Jesus commends Peter, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 16:17.
Immediately Jesus begins to explain to His disciples that He must suffer and go to the cross. Peter, no doubt very concerned, begins to correct Jesus for this sort of talk.
Far be it from you Lord. You are the messiah. Jesus sharply rebukes Peter,”Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” – Matthew 16:23.
Peter was looking through a worldly lens, mindful of the things of men. He had a man centered focus. “What you’re saying makes no sense Jesus.”
The cross was unfathomable to Peter. “How could God let You, the Messiah, His anointed suffer something so terrible?” Do we understand that the cross was no accident? In fact it was the very plan of God.
Peter’s “correction” of Jesus was an attempt to hinder the plans of God. In this Peter was a mouth piece of satan.
The divine plan of God for His Son:
- Acts 2:23 – Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;
- Acts 4:27-28 – “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.
- Isaiah 53:10 – Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
- John 12:27 – “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.
It’s creepy to think about but you and I can serve satan’s purposes when we attempt to contradict the plans of God. We too can assess situations through worldly lenses and offer suggestions and correction from that standpoint.
We do well to ask the Lord to help us never to serve satan’s purposes in this way. We do well to make sure that what comes out of our mouths comes from hearts that have spent time with the Lord, taught by His spirit, trained in His word.
No doubt Peter meant well and no doubt you do too. But is the advice you’re giving godly or worldly? What is the motive behind your correction of others? Are you satan’s spokes person or the voice of the Lord?