Don’t Give In

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“Creative Commons Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)” by Tito & Eva Marie Balangue is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Mark 8:33 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

Yeshua decided to check out how he was being perceived by the crowds. The disciples indicated that some saw him as a John-the-baptizer-type of apocalyptic preacher; others, Elijah re-vivified; many simply saw him as being in the long line of the prophets of Israel. The Yeshua turned the tables on the disciples, “What about you? What do you think about me?” Peter jumped in, “That’s easy.You are the long awaited Messiah.” Yeshua told them not to spread such rumors about him. Then he began to teach the disciples — not about the Messiah, but about the Human Being. When living a inner life of full communion with the inner God-process and an outer life of resisting the Domination System, the result is inevitable rejection and suffering and probably death. He added that death cannot defeat the Human Being — kill off one person and the same spirit is in another… and another… and another… Peter, brash peer-leader among the disciples, took Yeshua aside and suggested that these teachings were not helpful. In fact they were disturbing. Not daunted, Yeshua returned to the group and said, “If you reject what I have just said, you are giving in to the power of the Domination System that wants to control your every thought and tame you so you won’t resist. That will sap the life out of you.

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