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Daily Reading: 4th December 2015

John 18.10-11 cont.

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 Malchus. 

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”. 

In his gospel Matthew has recorded more of what Jesus said to Peter on this occasion:

[52] “Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will be killed by the sword.

[53] Don’t you realize that I could ask My Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and He would send them instantly?

[54] But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?” – Matthew 26.52 (NLT).

1 Firstly, Jesus commands Peter to put away his sword. Jesus tells him that to draw the sword in order to strike down another person they must themselves expect to be struck down. When someone joins the armed forces they must expect their own life to be taken from them.

In human terms, if Peter had continued with his assault on Malchus, then he too would have been struck down and killed by the arresting party. This would not have been to serve the purposes of God, which were that it was upon Peter that the church was to be built:

[18] Now I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.

[19] And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you lock on earth will be locked in heaven, and whatever you open on earth will be opened in heaven” – Matthew 16.18-19 (NLT). Allowing Peter to continue with his attack would have thwarted this prophecy of Jesus.

We must always seek first the purposes of His kingdom before we launch ourselves on any other action.

2 Secondly, there was no need for any human intervention. Jesus told Peter, and, therefore, the other disciples, that there were more than enough angels to bring them protection, should He ask for it.

Perhaps at this point the disciples might have been wondering why Jesus did not do that. We also might find ourselves in situations where we wonder why Jesus does not send His angels to protect His people. Those who are suffering persecution at this present time might wonder about this.

When anyone enters into these times the reason why there is no angelic protection may never be known. Also there are perhaps many times when His angelic protection has been given and we have not known it.




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