Matthew Lesson 18 Day 5

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Matthew Lesson 18 Day 5

Matthew 17:22-27

13. a. Jesus again predicts his death and resurrection.

In Matthew 16:21, Jesus began to tell his disciples about his coming death and resurrection in Jerusalem. Peter rebuked him for saying that and Jesus said, “Get behind me, Satan!”

Luke 9:29 Peter, James, and John were present on the mountain and saw Jesus’ face glow until “blinding glory streamed from him. (TPT)” Even his clothing became blinding white. Moses and Elijah appeared in glorious splendor, too.

They overheard some of the conversations between Jesus, Elijah, and Moses concerning Jesus’ soon departure. Then they heard God say, “This is my son. Listen to him.” This encounter left them speechless.

Now, after Jesus delivered a child of a demon when they could not, he tells them “the son of man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him and he will be raised on the third day.”

This time, they are overcome with grief, according to Matthew’s account.

In Lukes account, Luke 9:44-45, Jesus just says he will be betrayed into the hands of men. He doesn’t mention being killed and raised on the third day. Luke writes that they didn’t understand what he was saying because it was concealed from them. And they were afraid to ask him about it.

b. They lacked understanding.

The first time, Peter basically says, “Don’t talk like that!” He doesn’t realize it is a prophecy.

They are no longer completely in denial about Jesus’ death.

Their grief indicates they were focused on Jesus’ suffering and death and not on His resurrection and purpose. They saw a victim instead of a victory.

“Though they were frequent, these reminders about Jesus’ suffering and resurrection were disbelieved and forgotten by the disciples until after His resurrection (Luke 24:6-8).

c. Grief

There are times we are grief-stricken and times we are overjoyed.

In both, we may fail to fully understand God’s purpose.

It reminds me of the children’s book That’s Good, That’s Bad. (Affiliate link) There are other stories with the same basic premise—What looks like good news turns out to be bad news. And what looks like bad news, turns out to be good news.

The example that comes to mind doesn’t really fit the question. If God had a higher purpose for my mom’s death at age 38, I still don’t know what it was. Sometimes we just don’t know why.

14. Temple tax and miraculous provision

In 2014 I wrote, “I never wondered where the tax originated. If I had to guess, I would have said it originated in the era just before Jesus’ time on earth.”

Each one who is numbered in the census shall give this: half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel is twenty gerahs), half a shekel as an offering to the Lord. (Exodus 30:13)

According to the passages in Exodus, it was a census tax that began when the Israelites left Egypt. Like most taxes, it never ended. Jesus questions its validity but pays it anyway.

Jesus picks His battles.

Although He regularly offended the religious leaders, He chose not to this time.

But wow, that miracle!

“The Lord didn’t just create this money. It was in the sea. The Lord had a fish swallow it and then had that specific fish jump on Peter’s line to get the coin to him. The Lord always has a way to get provision to us.”2

15. Personal experience

Twice, things worked out in our favor in ways we can’t explain. We still occasionally look at the paperwork in awe and say, “we’re just not smart enough to make that happen. It had to be God.”

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