Rightly Divide

Re:Verse passage – John 13: 1-17 (day four)

Simon Peter had a lot to say…more than was recorded in John 13.  Chapter 13 is the beginning of an intimate time of teaching from Jesus to His closest disciples, all on the night prior to His arrest.  As Jesus began to wash the feet of the disciples, Peter refused to let Him wash his feet. He was demonstrating the prideful response of one who believed he could be cleaned on his own. He did not need Jesus’ help.  There was another message Peter was communicating.  When he rejected Jesus’ example of humbly serving others…not wanting Jesus to wash his feet…he was rejecting the thought that he must do the same.  If he approved Jesus serving others, Peter would be forced to practice it himself.

Don’t we often do the same?  Have you ever “adjusted” what Scripture said so it matched up with what you wanted to believe?  Be on guard that you not take a scripture out of context or read something into a scripture that is only truth in your imagination.  Rightly divide the Word of Truth…

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

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