Haven't you ever wondered about how our culture plays a part in our spiritual lives?.
In Luke 4 we see Jesus healing Peter's mother in law. The town wanted to hold onto Jesus, he healed the sick and silenced demons. Who wouldn't want Jesus around?
But Jesus had to tell the town that he needed to spread the news of the kingdom to other towns. v 43"I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."
If you remember, it was Peter who in Matthew 16:21-23 rebukes Jesus as he spoke about his death and going to Jerusalem but Jesus had to say to him "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
It was Peter who God interrupts on the mount of transfiguration when he wanted the spiritual high to continue and to build booths for Moses, Elijah and Jesus. Matthew 17:3-5 "While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" I find is interesting that God says to Listen to him referring to Jesus and not to them
Peter's culture was as a fisherman; maybe his way of thinking was not to rock the philosophical, spiritual and physical boats! We can easily be blinded by our natural tendencies to conduct life in a manner that is familiar and not necessarily meet the spiritual needs of those around us.
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