Does Deut. 32:4 disprove that Peter is the rock?
DEUTERONOMY 32:3-5 3 For I will proclaim the name of the Lord.
Ascribe greatness to our God! 4 “The Rock, his work is perfect;
for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
just and right is he. 5 They have dealt corruptly with him,
they are no longer his children because of their blemish;
they are a perverse and crooked generation.
I am assuming the guy thinks because Jesus is in a sense “rock” that must mean (in his mind), that Simon cannot be Petros, or “Rock” or “Cephas”.
Some Bible Christians will attempt to make the same argument using the idea of the Rock in the Wilderness that Moses struck for water, quoting 1st Corinthians 10.
1st CORINTHIANS 10:4 For they drank from the supernatural Rock (petros) which followed them, and the Rock (petra) was Christ.
Don’t buy it.
Simon Peter’s ministry in IN Jesus.
So we would EXPECT this.
The same with Peter holding the “Keys”. Jesus is the key holder behind St. Peter there too.
Here is the salient verses in St. Matthew’s Gospel with parenthetical mine.
MATTHEW 16:18 18 And I tell you, you are Peter (English), and on this rock (English) I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.
Now let’s look at it with a Greek transliteration parenthetical.
MATTHEW 16:18a 18 And I tell you, you are Petros (Greek), and on this Petra (Greek) I will build my church . . . .
Now let’s look at it with a Hebrew transliteration parenthetical.
MATTHEW 16:18a 18 And I tell you, you are Cephas (or Kepha - Hebrew), and on this Cephas (or Kepha - Hebrew), I will build my church . . . .
Now think about in many of St. Paul’s letters and St. John’s Gospel.
Here is on example with Jesus prophesying Simon’s name change . . . .
JOHN 1:42 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas (which means Peter).
Incidentally. Notice it is you “SHALL BE”. . . . not “you ARE NOW” called Cephas.
OK. Let’s go on. Think about this for a moment . . . .
NOT JOHN 1:42 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, So you are Simon the son of John? I and I ALONE shall be called Cephas (which means Peter).
GALATIANS 1:18-19 18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas, and remained with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord’s brother.
(Don’t be confused by the “brother” thing either. We know BOTH Apostle James dad. “Brother” in Hebrew has a WIDE meaning.)
NOT GALATIANS 1:18 18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem
to visit Cephas who we know is really Jesus because some Bible preacher insists on not using common sense when putting up Youtube videos, even though Jesus already ascended into Heaven,
and remained with him fifteen days.
Simon is re-named Peter or Cephas.
I can think of many more reasons the “preacher’s” position is untenable and if you want, let me know and I’ll put up more.