Study of Matthew 26:31-35; Mark 14:27-31; Luke 22:31-38
My answers to BSF study questions on Lesson 26 Day 4
8. Peter’s conversation with Jesus:
a. Peter was quick to say he was ready to go to prison and even die with Jesus. He wasn’t as ready as he thought he was.
b. Peter “insisted emphatically” that even if all the others run, he wouldn’t. It’s easier to be fearless when you are inside a cozy room with your friends. Later, outside in the darkness when a hostile mob approached, it was a different story.
c. Apparently, Peter carried one of the two swords. He “was prepared to fight to the death in the physical, but he didn’t know how to stand strong in the spirit.”( Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary) Jesus said, “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 NASB
- The not-so-encouraging thing about Luke 22:31-32 is the reminder that those who have a zeal for God are targets of Satan. (See Job 1:8, 12) (Actually, everyone is a target, but the difference is the protection of those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High.)
- However, it is encouraging that God’s protection of His zealous ones is so bullet proof, so to speak, Satan can’t get through without permission. Even then, God placed limits.
- Speaking of protection, we have spiritual weapons at our disposal. Peter had not learned this yet. He wielded a sword made of metal.
- Peter also didn’t understand the authority Jesus gave them in Luke 10:19.
- It is encouraging that Jesus was aware of Satan’s plot, Peter’s spiritual immaturity, and prayed for him. This scenario as well as Job’s is disconcerting to me, so I looked for some input. I love the following commentary on this passage:
“Jesus prayed for Peter that his faith would not fail. The way that most of us look at things, Jesus’ prayer didn’t work. However, we know that is not the case. Therefore, from God’s point of view, Peter’s faith didn’t fail. Losing a battle doesn’t mean we have lost the war.
God doesn’t see us as failures, just learners. God can redeem the worst “failure” and work it together for good (Romans 8:28). We need to think like God.” Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
b. I went through an intense time of sifting about twenty years ago. It felt as though my whole world fell apart. Short-term outcome—I fell apart. Satan knows what we value and where we are vulnerable. His goal is to kill, steal, and destroy.
At the time, I didn’t understand my authority as a believer. I ended up feeling like a victim and a failure.
I had never in my life spent more time in prayer, Bible study, and ministry. That’s the most disconcerting part, as I mentioned above.
Ultimately, I learned so much. I am poorer in spirit than ever. The above commentary is doing wonders for me at the moment. I plan to meditate on it until it really sinks in.
Longer-term outcome—God has allowed me to make difference in some lives since those dark years. I pray that continues the remainder of my days on this earth.
10. a. Jesus said “You will all be offended and stumble and fall away because of Me this night [distrusting and deserting Me]” Matthew 26:31 AMP
b. Jesus said, “But after I am raised up [to life again], I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” Matthew 26:32 AMP