Three principles that we've pulled out of chapter eight regarding the revelation of truth are..
1. (vv.11-13) The Pharisees were blind and could not see the truth nor understand it because they were so involved in what they were doing. Sometimes we can be blinded by what we're involved in and miss the truth altogether.
2. (vv.14-21) The Disciples were blind to understanding what Jesus was saying because they were worried about not having bread. Sometimes we can be blinded by the distractions in our life or what is worrying us the most and we miss the truth.
3. (vv.31-33) Peter was getting it, but didn't understand fully who Jesus really is. He affirmed him as the Messiah (he knew that part of the truth), but was unable to understand what needed to happen because of the way he had been brought up with the Jewish traditions; the Teachers of the Law taught what they thought was right to the Jews and the disciples understood details about the Messiah through the Pharisees teachings. Sometimes we can be blinded by what we've been taught in the past and we miss the truth.
In our next meeting, we'll be looking at contrasts in chapters 9 and 10 of blindness (wrong way of thinking) and sight (the right way of thinking).
Also, what does it mean to "take up your cross"?