Fall in line

PROFESSIONS OF FAITH

There are several interesting things to be noted in Mark 8:33. The word “when” immediately draws my attention; it refers to a specific time. Jesus had a purpose and a reason for waiting until He turned around and looked at His disciples. Is it possible that by doing this He was also reinforcing the importance of the disciples submitting to God’s will, instead of pushing their own agenda? It appears that He used this rebuke to Peter as a warning for the rest. The order of events went something like this; He turned around- looked at His disciples- and then at the appropriate time — He rebuked Peter.

Although He was speaking to Peter, He addressed Satan as well. Some people believe that Satan was using Peter and his hopes for an earthly kingdom, to tempt Jesus. This would appear to be a logical explanation. In Matthew 4:10, the Lord used a similar rebuke when He was dealing with Satan directly. If the Lord was addressing Satan in Mark 8:33, what was the meaning of the statement?

The word “behind” in the Greek language can have the meaning; to follow, (at the) back, behind, after, out of my sight. I believe Jesus was telling Satan (in my own words) to fall in line or take your proper place. It seems like a command of authority to someone who is of lesser rank; fall in line where you should be.

This is a good thing for us as Christians to remember. When it seems like hell itself is unleashed upon us, we must confide in the One who made hell. We must go to the Creator, Sustainer of all things to put everything back in place where it belongs. In Matthew 8:26 we can read about the One who created the wind and the sea, as He rebukes them for the sake of His disciples.

Is your world ready to come crashing down around you? There is only one who has the power and authority to deliver you and set you free; why go anywhere else? Call on Him today. “As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord will save me,” Psalms 55:16.

Comments or questions, contact me at: thoughtsonword@gmail.com.

Editor’s note: This is the second of five columns in a series by Lyndon Stimeling that will run in simultaneous weeks on the Religion page.

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Lyndon Stimeling, of Richfield, has been writing about faith and family for many years. He has self-published two books, “Common Thoughts on The Word” in 2016 and “Eye of a Needle” in 2017. He has also had articles published in The Coming Home Journal and local newspapers and has written a children’s book.

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