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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Matthew Chapter 16

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Matthew (Levi)
Date Penned: (60-65 AD)
Overview: Jesus Christ the King (c 1-28)
Theme: Message and Ministry of Jesus, The King (c 4-25)
Message: Jesus Expounds on His Identy (v 1-26)

Matthew 16 Commentary
(16:1-4)  Leaders Demand a Miraculous Sign - Following the visit to Gentile territories where the Gentiles saw Jesus’ miracles and reacted by praising the God of Israel (15:31), Jesus returned to Jewish territory, only to face a test from the unbelieving religious leaders. As recorded in 12:38-39, they had previously asked for a sign; here they resumed their challenge to Jesus’ authority. Matthew pictured the striking contrast of responses to Jesus.

(16:5-12) Jesus Warns Against Wrong Teaching - The Jews were required to celebrate an annual period beginning with the Passover during which no yeast was to be found in their homes; all bread had to be made without yeast (Exodus 12:14-20). Yeast is a key ingredient in bread, for it causes the 
dough to rise. “Yeast” in this passage symbolizes evil.

(16:13-20) Peter Says Jesus is the Messiah - A beautiful site on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Caesarea Philippi was located about twenty-five miles north of Bethsaida, on the slopes of Mount Hermon. The city was primarily non-Jewish, known for its worship of Greek gods and its temples devoted to the ancient god Pan. Jesus spoke to the disciples about who they believed him to be.

(16:21-28) Jesus Predicts His Death the First Time - From this point on, Jesus spoke plainly and directly to his disciples about his death and resurrection. He began to prepare them for what was going to happen to him by telling them three times that he would soon suffer and die and then be raised back to life


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Matthew with Chapter 16. In our text today we see the religious doubting the Lord and his provision showing a lack of faith but what catches my eye is Peter answering Jesus question, "who do you say that I am?" In making application we see this question asked to us: "who do you say that I am?" Is Jesus our Lord and Savior? Is He our Provider and Protector? Our Shield and our Buckler? Our All in All? How about you? Who do you say that Jesus is? Let us learn from our text today and the question Jesus asks us all: "Who do you say that I am?", Is He your Lord and Savior? if so do you trust Him for everything in your life. 


Matthew 16

Matthew 16

 1The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.

 2He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

 3And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

 4A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.

 5And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread.

 6Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

 7And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.

 8Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?

 9Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

 10Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

 11How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?

 12Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

 13When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

 14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

 15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

 18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

 20Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

 21From 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.

 22Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.

 23But 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.

 24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

 25For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

 26For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

 27For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

 28Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.