My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Luke 22

Jesus and swords

Judas agreed to betray Jesus. They all went for the passover meal in an upper room. Jesus fed his disciples, so that they remembered the covenant he made before he was to suffer. They argued about who was best, but Jesus told them that they must all be servants. Jesus prayed that Peter would stay strong. Jesus predicted Peter's denial, and told people to get swords.

Jesus was arrested. There was a brief scuffle, and someone's ear got cut off, which Jesus healed, but Jesus told them to stop.

Peter denied Jesus, then realised his sin, the guards mocked him, and Jesus declared his glory to the Jewish authorities, who took it as blasphemy.

Key verse:
38. The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords."
"That is enough," he replied.

My thoughts:
Once again this passage is very similar to other accounts, with some little differences. Why does Jesus seem to ask for swords but they tells people to stop when they use them? It seems strange to me. Perhaps Jesus wasn't talking about real swords, the disciples misunderstood, and Jesus' response was one of frustration of their ignorance more than anything else. I dunno.


Anonymous Mark said...

Luke seems to have more of these strange bits than the other gospels.

My NIV notes say Jesus' command to go buy a sword is "an extreme figure of speech", and that's why he then told them that two were enough.

Even if you interpret it that way it's still weird....

1:31 pm

Blogger Pete W said...

Yea... that seems a bizarre explanation. I don't like how the NIV notes pretend that everthing they say is true!

8:59 pm


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