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July
21
2019

Peter's Denial

There are people in our society today who will disown their loved owns if they profess faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior.  When their family disowns them, their family literally has nothing to do with them ever again.  All the resources that they once had access to they no longer have.  When Jesus told Peter earlier in the evening that he would deny him, Peter didn’t believe him.  Peter went to great lengths to ensure that he would not deny that he knows Jesus.  Please read Matthew 26:63-75 as Peter denies Jesus. Let’s remember that Peter followed Jesus at a distance to see the outcome of his trial.  Jesus was inside being tried and Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard.  Jesus was in a trial of his own for being the who he said he was.  However, Peter was about to have a trial of his own with some unexpected people.  First there was a servant girl who had no power or position in society who said to him, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” But Peter denied it. The word we translated “deny” means to disown in the original language.  He told the servant girl, “I don’t know what you mean.” Peter moves further away from Jesus and the scene but still remaining close enough to watch what is happening. Soon after another servant girl comes up and identifies Peter as having been with Jesus of Nazareth. Peter denied Jesus again but this time with an oath.  When Peter added the oath to his denial, he was calling on God to affirm the truth of the statement that he had just made.  He was giving God the ok to execute any divine punishment if what he was saying was not true.  The more Peter talked the deeper and bigger the hole got.  It wasn’t long after that that the people noticed Peter’s accent was different than theirs. Then the crowd that had gathered by the fire asserted that Peter was one of them and again he denied it and began to invoke curses on himself.  He is now calling on God to harm him if what he is saying is not true.  What kept God Almighty from doing what Peter had mentioned.  I believe that there are two passages of Scripture you might want to look up and just think on. In Luke 22:31-34 Jesus tells Simon what Satan has asked and how he responded. Jesus told Peter that he had prayed for him, that his faith would not fail and when he had turned again, he was to strengthen his brothers. Jesus prayed for Peter knowing what all was going to happen.  God’s steadfast love was at work even in Peter’s life that night.  The Psalmist of 107 writes: “Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.” (vs. 43) As you read Psalm 107 and reflect on Peter, stop and reflect on your life because we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  

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