Preconceived ideas can be dangerous

New Testament: Matt 16.22–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 16 on January 23, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021 

By Don Ruhl 

We get to thinking that we know how things should be and when they do not happen as we thought they should have, it can upset us. We also sometimes think how certain people should be and when they turn out differently, we refuse to accept it. Consider what happened when Jesus told the disciples that He would suffer and die: 

Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

– Matthew 16.22–23 

Peter’s idea of what should and should not happen to Jesus was so far off base, that he did not realize that Satan was using him! Peter, of course, never would have aligned himself with Satan, if Peter knew truly what was going on, but whether he knew or not, he had played himself right into the hand of the arch enemy of Jesus. 


  • Have you ever unwittingly been an instrument of Satan? 
  • Do you have any preconceived ideas about God that you have had to change? 

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