“O you of little faith! Why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31).
The teacher is hardest on the best pupils.
The Master Teacher is hardest on the Star Pupil.
The coach is in the face of the player with the greatest potential, on his back, never letting up.
Check out these words from the Lord Jesus. “Get behind me, Satan. You are a stumbling block to me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s” (Matthew 16:23).
He said those harsh, cutting words, not to the Pharisees, but to Simon Peter, His “star apostle.”
Simon Peter–the disciple with the most potential, the one Jesus renamed as “Rock.” He called Peter a “satan” (adversary) soon after commending him for his confession that “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). When Peter said that, the Lord said, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”
Called him blessed one moment and turns right around and calls him a devil.
What’s going on here?