Mark 8:33 - Learn to Value What God Values.

Mar.8:33; Learn to Value What God Values.

Mar.8:33 (KJV)  But when he had turned about and looked on his 
disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou 
savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men. 

Mar.8:33 (NIV)  But when Jesus turned and looked at his 
disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not 
have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." 

Mar.8:33 (NAS)  But turning around and seeing His disciples, He 
rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting 
your mind on God's interests, but man's." 

Mar.8:33 (TEV)  But Jesus turned around, looked at his 
disciples, and rebuked Peter. "Get away from me, Satan," he said. "Your 
thoughts don't come from God but from man!" 

Mar.8:33 (NLT)  Jesus turned and looked at his disciples and 
then said to Peter very sternly, "Get away from me, Satan! You are 
seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God's." 

Mar.8:33 (EAV)  But turning around [His back to Peter] and 
seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, Get behind Me, Satan! 
For you do not have a mind intent on promoting what God wills, but 
what pleases men [you are not on God's side, but that of men]. 

Mar.8:33 (CWR)  Jesus then turned to His disciples and rebuked 
the satanic influence around them, saying, "Get behind me Satan!"  
Looking straight at Peter, He said, "You're only thinking about what's 
important to man, not what's important to God." 

Peter's attempt to dissuade Jesus from going to the cross held 
the same temptation Satan gave at the outset of Jesus' ministry, so 
Jesus severely rebuked him. [NIV SB] 

In this moment, Peter was not considering God's purposes, but 
only his own natural human desires and feelings. Peter wanted Christ 
to be king, but not the suffering servant prophesied in Isaiah 53. 
He was ready to receive the glory of following the Messiah, but not 
the persecution.  The Christian life is not a paved road to wealth 
and ease. It often involves hard work, persecution, deprivation, and 
deep suffering. Peter saw only part of the picture. Don't repeat his 
mistake. Instead, focus on the good that God can bring out of apparent 
evil, and the resurrection that follows crucifixion. [Life Application 

When Jesus told his disciples that his ministry would lead to 
suffering and death, he was sharing a basic truth about life. When dealing 
with the destructive effects of sin, victory is usually experienced 
only after traveling a journey of pain and tears: No cross, no 
resurrection. No pain, no gain. Jesus had to suffer in order to overcome the 
destructive power of sin in our world. Our recovery from destructive habits 
will also involve pain, but we should not let this discourage us. 
Jesus has already paid the price for our sins. If we admit our 
failures and accept God's forgiveness, we can be sure of our victory over 
our addiction with God's daily help. [Life Recovery SB]  

What an example of blurred vision! Peter recognized Jesus as the 
Christ, but when Jesus began to speak of suffering and death, Peter 
objected loudly! 
Two things are important here. First, suffering was not 
inappropriate to the role of Christ--and it's not inappropriate for the 
Christian. If the Son of God suffered, we can expect God's other children 
to experience suffering too. Only a person with blurred spiritual 
vision could look at our suffering Saviour, and then expect the 
Christian life to be all roses and no thorns. 
Second, to acknowledge Jesus as the Christ implies affirming Him 
as Lord. If Jesus is the Son of God, His will rather than ours must 
rule. Peter was completely out of line objecting to God's will for 
Jesus, even as at times we are out of line when we object to God's will 
for us! 
We need clear spiritual vision. We need to get beyond the stage 
of seeing with distorted spiritual eyes. [The 365-Day Devotional 

I will hear what God the Lord will speak" (Ps. 85:8). Blessed is 
the soul which hears the Lord speaking within, and from His mouth 
receives the word of consolation. Blessed are the ears that catch the 
pulses of the divine whisper (Matt. 13:16, 17), and give no heed to the 
whisperings of this world. Blessed indeed are those ears which listen not 
after the voice which is sounding without, but for the truth teaching 
inwardly. Blessed are the eyes that are shut to outward things, but intent 
on things inward. Blessed are they that enter far into things 
within, and endeavor to prepare themselves more and more, by daily 
exercises, for the receiving of heavenly secrets. Blessed are they who are 
glad to have time to spare for God, and who shake off all worldly 
Consider these things, O my soul, and shut up the door of your 
sensual desires, that you may hear what the Lord your God speaks in you 
(Ps. 85:8). 
Thus says your Beloved, "I am thy salvation," your Peace, and 
your Life: keep yourself with Me, and you shall find peace. Let go 
all transitory things, and seek the things eternal. What are all 
transitory objects but seductive things? And what can all creatures avail, 
if you are forsaken by the Creator? 
Renounce therefore all things, and labor to please your Creator, 
and to be faithful unto Him, that you may be able to attain unto 
true blessedness. Thomas a Kempis [Time With God SB] 

What seems right and reasonable to human beings is often totally 
out of harmony with God's ways. We must learn to trust the wisdom of 
God, even when it seems to go against all that seems wise or best to 
us. [Victor Teacher's Commentary] 

We cannot affirm Jesus as Christ and then challenge His choices! 
He is either God, and we submit to Him, or He is not, and we may go 
our own way. [Victor Bible Reader's Companion]