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Matthew 16 - Ayin - The Great Confession
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
In the alphabetic sequence of Matthew, the dominant theme of Spoke 16 manifests
in a number of ways. It is here that the Apostle Peter
bore witness of the true identity of the Lord
Jesus Christ, an act which the Church has honored with the title "The
Great Confession." This coheres with two fundamental Ayin KeyWords - (Ayin, Eye) and
(Ed, Witness) - and integrates with the theme of the
revealed in 1 Peter on Spoke 16 of the Bible Wheel.
Immediately after this, Jesus linked Peter's name
to the theme of the Stone, saying:
Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath
not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say
also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this
rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall
not prevail against it.
Genesis also links the themes of Witness
and Stone when
it recounts the covenant Jacob made with Laban1:
Now therefore come thou, let us make a
covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between
me and thee. And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a
pillar. And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather
stones; and they
took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.
And again, the last act of Joshua, when the people of Israel recommitted themselves to the
And Joshua wrote these words in the
book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set
it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the LORD. And
Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall
be a witness
unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the LORD which he
spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your
God. So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance.
These themes then manifest most clearly in the book of 1
Peter, where Peter, whose name means Rock,
expounds at length:
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile,
and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes,
desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye
have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a
living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of
God, and precious,
Ye also, as lively stones, are built
up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual
sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is
contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner
stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be
confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them
which be disobedient, the stone which the builders
disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone
of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble
at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an
holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of
him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous
light: Which in time past were
not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy,
but now have obtained mercy.
Note the transition to the theme of the "marvellous light."