Matthew 6:22-23- Pride is Satanic

Luke 4:6-8
And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Matthew 6:22-23
21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day
22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

-In Matthew 6 Jesus begins to share with His disciples the fact that He will be crucified and rise again.  Peter, astonished by this declaration from his Lord, begins to scold Jesus for making such a statement.  Jesus’ response is very interesting.  He doesn’t refer to Peter as prideful or carnal; rather He rebukes Peter in the same fashion as He rebuked Satan himself in Luke 4– right down to calling him Satan!  How would you feel if God called you Satan?  Seems like it would sting right to your soul and yet that’s exactly what we bring on ourselves every time we get lifted up in pride.  Peter’s mistake was pushing against God because he thought he knew better.  How many times have you pushed against God’s plans because you thought you knew better?  Let this section of scripture provide insight into how God feels about such behavior.


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