Matthew 16:24

New Testament

22 So Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him: “God forbid, Lord! This must not happen to you!” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me because you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.” 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will find it. 26 For what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life? 27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.

Genesis Rabbah 56


And Avraham took the wood of the burnt-offering (Gen. 22:6) — like one who carries his own stake [to be impaled] on his shoulder. "And he took in his hand the fire and the knife (Ma’akheleth)" (Gen. 22:6). R. Hanina said: Why is a knife called ma’akheleth? Because it makes food (okhlim) fit to be eaten. While the Rabbis said: All eating (akhiloth) which Israel enjoy in this world, they enjoy only in the merit of that ma’akheleth (knife). "And they went both of them together (Gen. 22:6): one to bind and the other to be bound, one to slaughter and the other to be slaughtered.

 Notes and References

"... in this sense Rabbi Ammi said, 'Think not that, "either a Jew or a crucified" is offensive; it is not offensive, but on the contrary, laudatory' (i.e., a Jew is ready to be crucified for his religion) ... Isaac, himself carrying the wood for the sacrifice (Genesis 22:6), reminded the Rabbis of 'one who carries the cross on his shoulders'. Jesus said [similarly] (Matthew 16:24) ..."

Dalman, Gustaf Jesus-Jeshua: Studies in the Gospels (pp. 190-191) Macmillan, 1929

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