Jeremiah pleads his case before God when the wicked prosper.
In the New Testament does anyone “get in Jesus’ face” more than Simon Peter? When Yeshua washes the feet of His disciples, only Peter refuses – strenuously! “Never shall You wash my feet!”
In response to a clear command from heaven to eat non-kosher food, Peter responds, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.”
Toward the end of His earthly ministry Yeshua informed His disciples of His impending death and resurrection. “And He was stating the matter plainly. And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.”
Talk about chutzpah! Disagreeing, even arguing, with the Lord is something with which we may relate. But rebuking the Son of God?
“But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
It’s easy to criticize those who criticize God. But I need to be aware of my own sinful tendencies. How susceptible am I to the serpent’s whisper, “Did God really say…?” How ready am I to reinterpret the clear teaching of Scripture to suit my own desires?
When I listen to the wisdom of the world, am I reminded of God’s analysis?