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Daily Reading: 2nd December 2015

John 18.10-11

10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and cut off the right ear of the servant of the high priest. Now his name was Melchus. 

11 Then Jesus said to Peter: “Put the sword back into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given to Me”. 

When we are faced with imminent danger we are most likely to react to defend ourselves, if possible. There are many occasions when that option is not possible. This is certainly true of many of our brothers and sisters in Jesus who are daily being attacked because they follow Him. Humanly speaking they are defenceless, with no way to defend themselves. The civil wars in a number of eastern countries mean that many Christians are being attacked, imprisoned, impoverished, made homeless, and some are laying down their lives for Jesus.

We must continue to pray for them that our Father will throw a wall around them to protect them.

Peter still had a sword which he used to try and defend Jesus,

All four gospels record this event, although only John tells us that it was Peter. Perhaps in stating that it was Peter he was trying to depict his bravery in leaping to the defence of Jesus.

We might wonder why Peter had a sword with him.

The answer may be found in the words of Jesus in Luke 22.36:

36 Then He said to them: “However, now if you have purses, take it, likewise if you have a travelling bag, but if you do not have a sword, sell your coat and buy one”.

W Barclay states that telling somebody to buy a sword was a way of telling them that life was in danger. This may be what Jesus was telling the disciples.

However, they did have two swords and Jesus said two was sufficient. Having two swords may have meant that the disciples felt safer, but in reality it would have been insufficient against the raiding party that came to arrest Jesus.

Jesus said this not long before His arrest.

Peter was one of the disciples carrying a sword, and he used it to defend His Lord and Master.

cont. tomorrow.

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