Friday, January 13, 2012

The Commands of Christ - Matthew 26:51-54

"And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. But Jesus said to him, "Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?" -Matthew 26:51-54

To whom is this command spoken?

Spoken to Peter (John 18:10).

What does this command require?

Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.

What truths do we learn here?

Jesus is more interested in fulfilling what He was sent to earth to accomplish than protecting His own life. Peter missed this point. He didn't want his Master to die. Peter took matters into his own hands and tried to split Malchus in two. I wonder what Peter was thinking. Remember, there is a whole multitude of people with swords and clubs that are here to arrest Jesus. I think that Peter was trying to fulfill what he had said earlier in this chapter. Take a look at Matthew 26:33 - "Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble." 

Jesus didn't need Peter's help. As Jesus says here, He could have called out to the Father and more than twelve legions of angels would be at His command. But this was not Jesus plan. Jesus knew that things had to happen this way in order to fulfill the Scriptures. 

What are the blessings of obedience? the consequences for disobedience?

Peter putting his sword in its place allowed Scripture to be fulfilled, just as God had planned.

If Peter disobeyed Jesus, Peter would have probably been killed by this mob. (all who take the sword will perish by the sword))

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