21From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
22Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!"
23Jesus turned and said to Peter, "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."
Peter recognized Jesus as the Christ (vs. 16) yet failed to understand Jesus' mission. Did he still have thoughts that this Messiah was going to be a political savior so this talk of Jesus' suffering and death provoked this heartfelt rebuke that these things would never happen to Jesus?
Peter rebuked Jesus and then Jesus addressed Peter as Satan, called him a stumbling block (why?) and declared Peter had human things in mind not what God wanted.
Did the disciples hear the suffer and kill parts and not the "be raised to life" part? But doesn't bad news most always SPEAK LOUDER than good news?
I wonder how often we rebuke God (or holy men of God) for His will which seems harsh and/or distasteful.
I suppose the key is to remember God's ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher than ours as Isaiah records. And if God is good then can we not trust Him even when our circumstances appear awful from our earthly perspectives?
What stands out to you from this passage or this post?