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Jesus and the swords

May 08 2017
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We're so used to reading about Jesus being a man of 'peace and love', both from the Bible and also from our culture. A surprise then to see in the Bible Jesus telling his disciples to sell their cloaks and buy swords!

This all stems from our current church Bible study on a Wednesday evening. We're working a study guide, 'Daniel - Staying Strong in a Hostile World', and you know how it goes, we end up looking at verses with an apparently tenuous link to our main subject. So as someone's reading through Luke 22 it becomes obvious that people are struggling to understand why and I make a note that this is something I need to try to get to grips with.

Let's look at the verse itself:

Luke 22:36 “But now,” he said, “take your money and a travelers bag. And if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one!

Why would Jesus tell the disciples to do that? I believe the answer lies in the very next verse!

Luke 22:37 "For the time has come for this prophecy about me to be fulfilled: ‘He was counted among the rebels.’ Yes, everything written about me by the prophets will come true.”

What Jesus is saying here is that if it was prophesied about him then it must come to pass. Back in Isaiah 53:12 we read of how the future Messiah would be 'counted among the rebels.' In the period of the earthly ministry of Jesus there was a long period of rebellion by various armed groups seeking to throw off the Roman yoke. They were obviously identified by their call to arms. So how could this prophecy be fulfilled? Move on to the garden of Gethsemane and Jesus' betrayal we see Peter wounding one of the Roman soldiers and Jesus immediately healing him. The act had been done, Jesus could be 'counted among the rebels.

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