by Robert Brock
The Impulsive Action of Peter
“Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant‘s name was Malchus. Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?” John 18:10, 11.
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). “Then said he unto them, But now…he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough” (Luke 22:36, 38). “And he [Peter] said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death” (Luke 22:33). Peter was definitely confused since Jesus had told them to carry a sword. In all this confusion, Satan was able to persuade him to deny Jesus three times.
We must not be too judgmental toward Peter’s expectations of a king. In Matthew 19, Jesus had promised them a throne as princes when He set up His kingdom. Coming down to the crucifixion, He was telling them He was going to let the Jewish leaders kill Him. Peter had given up three years of his life following Jesus, expecting to set Him on the throne. One can become so fearful of making wrong decisions that he becomes nonfunctional, not wanting to make a mistake and offend God.
THOUGHT: Often we have to go through many experiences with God before we can learn to just do what He says, even if we do not understand. We might end up like Paul, battered and bruised, but a little closer to learning how to live by faith.