The conversation that transpired between our LORD and His disciples in the book of Mathew 16 is a very loaded one.
To have such profound sayings from our LORD that should inspire faith, strength and give revelation to all who follow Him and give ear to His WORD for everyday living is such a blessing.
In verse 16 of the same chapter, Jesus asked His disciples a question that is followed by Peter’s answer that leads to Jesus’ response.
It is this response and “ands”, that has led to the title question, who are we listening to?
Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Oh, the blessing that accrue to us when we catch the revelation of Jesus as Christ, the Son of the living God!
What peace, what joy, and reassurance this revelation should give to everyone that names the Name of the LORD and is named by Him. May we all catch this revelation and walk in it in Jesus Name, amen!
In the next verse Jesus says something profound, in addition to Jesus being the Christ, the Son of the living God; “I will give you the keys of the kingdom….”
If I were a preacher dishing this out on a Sunday morning, this would have been a great place to say to the congregation, turn to your neighbor and say “the keys of the kingdom(echo), are for binding and loosing(echo)”
But, I digress.
What that statement says to me is this: we have been given the option to decide!
I “Googled” the word shall and this is the first thing that appeared so I didn’t bother to go further.
1.(in the first person) expressing the future tense.
“this time next week I shall be in Scotland”
2. expressing a strong assertion or intention.
- “they shall succeed”
Shall is used to indicating a future occurrence and/or, used to make a strong assertion or intention.
We have been given the power to decide.
So I ask the question again, who are we listening to?
The LORD? Or others?
Like the Bible puts it, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the WORD of God. We need to determine what we listen to and what dominates our thoughts.
For essentially what we hear, believe and practice, becomes us.
So, brothers and sisters, who are you listening to?