Answers to BSF Bible Study Questions on John 13:36-38
6. Jesus’ prophecy about Peter
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”
33 Peter said, “Lord, I am ready to go to prison with you, and even to die with you.” [The other disciples said the same thing. See Matthew 26:35 and Mark 14:31] 34 But Jesus said, “Peter, let me tell you something. Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.”
Jesus told Peter about Satan’s request to separate all of the disciples from Him. He also told Simon Peter, “I’ve prayed for you in particular that you not give in or give out. When you have come through the time of testing, turn to your companions and give them a fresh start.” (MSG)
Some think Peter assumed Jesus planned to take a trip without His disciples, and he (Peter) didn’t want to be separated from Jesus or to let Him travel alone without assistance.
But “Jesus had spent three-and-a-half years discipling Peter, yet Peter didn’t even know where Jesus was going. Peter wasn’t alone (John 14:5). The information was present, but it seems he lacked the ability to connect the dots and put all the teaching Jesus had given him together in any practical way that would affect his understanding.” Andrew Wommack
Jesus prophesied about His death fourteen times—three times before the one recorded in this passage. John 2:19; Matthew 12:39-40; John 6:51.
Peter believed he had the strength to face prison and death with Jesus. His spirit was willing but his flesh was weak. Until…”Peter was baptized in the Holy Spirit. Peter became a mighty man of faith and power with supernatural understanding. What a testament as to the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit.” (Andrew Wommack) (see Acts 1:8)
When Peter denied Jesus for the third time and he heard the rooster crow, there was Jesus, turning to look at him. I believe that look was not only reminded Peter of the prophecy but the promise to pray for him. Jesus’ eyes were full of love.
I hope Peter also remembered Jesus’ promise to send the Comforter.
Peter later wrote—
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. 1 Peter 5:7 AMP
7. For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.
When I was ten, I vividly recall a rash statement I made while walking with some friends following a particularly moving evening service at summer youth camp. At the time, I wanted to be a missionary to India. I’d heard it was “closed” to Christian missionaries, so I envisioned an actual stone wall around the entire country. I said, “even if they kill the first twenty missionaries who climb over the wall, I’m willing to be one of them!”
So I can relate to Peter’s zealous statement. Like Peter, I had no idea how weak I really was.
At eighteen, I married a man who was zealous for God. Everyone in our church thought he was destined for ministry.
However, soon after we married, he lost all zeal for God and replaced it with greed. I didn’t realize money was his weakness. Even though we continued to be active in the church—he later became a deacon—he was a Pharisee. He had no relationship with God. He had a horrible temper and often flew into a rage with our sons and me over insignificant things.
Whenever I pressed into a relationship with God and sought His intervention in our family, it felt like all hell broke loose. My husband reacted as if Jesus was the “other man” in my life. I didn’t tell him I was pressing in. I don’t know if he was even consciously aware of it at first.
I could handle my husband’s tirades against me, but I feared for my sons. No one outside of our home knew about this.
The Lord gently dealt with me about pride—my fear of embarrassment and loss of reputation. I feared that as much if not more than the abuse.
It still amazes me that the subtle shift in my heart, whether pressing in or backing off, caused my husband to go berserk or chill out.
As the Lord began to deal with me about my off-again/on-again relationship with Him, He gave me the following verse:
Trust in [Me] with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge [Me],
And [I] shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
One day, I made a commitment to God to be all in and to trust Him no matter what.
Several years later, since the verbal abuse and threats no longer brought fear, my husband announced he was moving out. He thought I would miss him, be afraid of being alone at night, and worry about how I would make it on my own. The wounds were real and painful, but I was no longer too afraid to face the consequences of my commitment to God.
Epilogue: The journey that followed was not easy, and I made mistakes. Through it all, I learned and I’m still learning that Jesus is trustworthy.
Peter’s words from 1 Peter 5:7 posted above, are so appropriate.
Also, God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3 NLT
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on ~ John Lesson 18 Day 3 ~ John 13:36-38