Matthew 26:49-54 – The Sword

Matthew 26:49-54
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And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
50 And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him.
51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.
52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

-We know from John’s gospel that this was Peter who drew his sword. (John 18:10)  So to recap; opposition rises against the Lord and Peter springs into action, only to be admonished by Jesus.  What did he do wrong?  Was it drawing a sword?  No, Paul tells us that when we put on the Armor of God, it is essential that we take up the sword. (Ephesians 6:17)  The problem was Peter had the wrong sword; a carnal sword.  2 Corinthians 10:4 tells us that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds”.  The Lord knows that physical weapon and physical strength can accomplish nothing that would bring glory to God or victory in the cause of Christ because our true enemies are not physical; they are “principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, [and] spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)  Against enemies such as these, the only weapon that will bring victory is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”. (Ephesians 6:17)

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