Thursday, June 27, 2019


LUKE 22:55-62
(see also Matthew 25:69-75,
Mark 14:66-72, and John 18:25-27)

Luke 22:55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them.

Susie: It sounds odd to have a fire in the middle of a hall, but the room would have been an open courtyard in the middle of the large house. It would have been unusual to need a fire at the time of the Passover, but it must have been chilly this particular night.

Susan: John and Peter had followed, as Matthew said, “to see the end” or as some translations say, “to see the outcome” (Matthew 26:58). It was beyond their capacity to accept Jesus’s prophesy that He was to die. Perhaps they hoped to witness a different outcome than He had predicted. Their hearts and minds could not perceive the purpose for which Jesus came, the price He must pay for their and our redemption.
Susie: Peter and John were not cognizant of it at the time, but the Holy Spirit placed them in the position to give eye-witness accounts of Jesus’s trial, not only to the other disciples, but for us in the written word. John had apparently gone on inside while Peter waited around the fire in the courtyard.

Luke 22:56 But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him.

Susie: Some commentators believe this maid may have been the one who granted entrance to Peter and John because John was a familiar face at the High Priest’s home.

Susan: The girl studied Peter’s face closely in the dim firelight to make sure that her identification of him as one of Jesus’s followers was accurate.

Luke 22:57 And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.

Susie: Peter did not believe it when Jesus told him that he would deny knowing Him that very night, but now he found himself doing that very thing.

Susan: Peter didn’t just deny being a disciple. Instead he claimed he did not know Jesus, had no acquaintance with Jesus at all!

Luke 22:58 And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.

Susie: Then another person stated that Peter was one of Jesus’s group of followers, but he denied that as well. Matthew adds the detail that he even swore an oath:

Matthew 26:71-72 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

Susan: Peter emphatically presented the lie that he did not know or follow Jesus as a fact, supporting it with an oath.

Luke 22:59 And about the space of one hour after, another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean.

Susie: The next person who accused Peter of being one of Jesus’s follows supported his claim with the evidence that Peter’s Galilean accent gave him away.

Luke 22:60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.

Susan: Peter denied knowing Jesus once more saying in essence, “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” In that exact moment, the rooster crowed, sounding in Peter’s ears as if the bird had cried, “LIAR!” It’s pretty awful when an animal calls you out on your sin.

Susie: Peter’s guilt at that moment must have felt like a building had fallen on him.

Luke 22:61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

Susan: Jesus, who was probably being paraded through the courtyard to be abused by the guards, intentionally and intently gazed directly at Peter.

Susie: Peter remembered the Lord’s prediction earlier that evening that he would deny His Master three times before the rooster announced the morning.

Luke 22:62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

Susan: Jesus’s previous words seared deeply into Peter’s heart causing the brash, brawny fisherman to dissolve into violent, convulsive sobs.

Ponder this and Apply it: Peter had seen himself as one who would defend the Lord Jesus to the death—bold, brave, and fearless. Now here he is, afraid to even admit knowing Jesus, let alone being one of His closest disciples. We must remember that Peter did not yet have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to hold him up at this moment. We must also remember this is not the end of Peter’s story. Jesus not only forgave Peter but raised him up to be a leader of the early church. We, too, may have moments of failure in our walks with the Lord; but when we are convicted by the Holy Spirit as Peter was convicted by Jesus’s gaze, we can repent and be restored because our Master’s love for us remains sure even when our own faith flounders.

2 Timothy 2:13 (TPT)    But even if we are faithless, he will still be full of faith, for he never wavers in his faithfulness to us!

Sunday, June 23, 2019


LUKE 22:52-54

Luke 22:52 Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?

Susie: Jesus addresses the crowd that came to arrest Him. Luke identifies some of them as high-ranking officials—chief priests and captains.

Susan: Jesus asked them if they were thinking of Him as we would someone on the top ten most wanted list. For their day, they were armed to the teeth!

Luke 22:53 When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

Susan: They had not arrested Him when He was right there in their own home field, the Temple. He had been there daily without fail during the last week of His life, pouring out from His heart; and not one of them lifted a finger to accost Him there.

Susie: Of course, Jesus taught in the Temple courts in broad daylight surrounded by His followers. The religious officials were afraid to confront Him in front of a crowd of His supporters.

Susan: They may have feared an uprising or even a coup.

Susie: Therefore, they came to arrest Him in the middle of the night under the cover of darkness—the time for cowards and evildoers.

Susan: He told them this was their time in the power of darkness. Satan’s power is that of darkness, and the Father allowed the devil to rear his ugly head through the officials and soldiers.

Susie: In the Bible “light” symbolizes good and “darkness” symbolizes evil. Jesus refers to Himself as “The Light.” Satan is a creature of darkness. We are in the dark until we come to The Light through salvation purchased by Jesus on the cross.

Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Luke 22:54 Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest's house. And Peter followed afar off.

Susie: Sometimes people question who served as the true high priest at this time—Annas or Caiaphas. The following explains it quite well:

Pulpit Commentary as quoted at

The actual high priest at this juncture was Caiaphas, son-in-law to Annas, who was the legal high priest, but had been deposed by the Roman power some time before. Annas, however, although prevented by the Roman government from bearing the high priestly insignia, was apparently looked upon by the people as the rightful possessor of the dignity, and evidently exercised the chief authority in the Jewish councils. It seems that he and his son-in-law Caiaphas, the Roman nominee, occupied together the high priest's palace. There were three trials of our Lord by the Jews:

(1) Before Annas (John 18:12-18).

(2) Before Caiaphas and what has been termed a committee of the Sanhedrin (John 18:24; Matthew 26:59-68; Mark 14:55-65).

(3) Formally before the whole Sanhedrin at dawn (Luke 22:66-71; Matthew 27:1; Mark 15:1).

Susan: All four gospels identify Peter as following Jesus and His captors after His arrest.

Susie: Only John’s gospel records the fact that another disciple accompanied Peter. Since John often referred to himself in the third person and was somehow known by the high priest, most commentators presume he was speaking about himself. If John was this other disciple, the high priest may have known him because his family’s fishing business was very successful, even to the point of hiring men. Some commentators suggest he may have been a distant relative of the high priest. The Bible does not make this absolutely clear. We found an interesting article here:

John 18:15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest.

Susan: The brash, outspoken Peter whose kinetic energy had earlier led him to lop off the servant’s ear now followed discretely at a distance cloaked in the darkness lest he be recognized and identified as one of Jesus’s disciples. The arrest of His master had shaken him to the core.

Susie: More on the once brave but now overwhelmed and even terrified Peter in the next lesson.

Ponder this and Apply it: None of this caught the Father or Jesus, for that matter, by surprise. The people who arrested Jesus were being used to fulfill the plan put in place from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). Jesus points out that darkness is their hour and Satan is the power behind them. We know from John’s gospel Jesus could have slain them all with a word, but He had already surrendered to the will of the Father as He prayed in Gethsemane. There will be times in our lives as believers that seem like darkness has overcome us completely, but if we are surrendered to God’s will and seeking to follow Him, we can rest assured that the ultimate outcome will be for our good and His glory. The darkness cannot overcome The Light!

John 1:4-5 (VOICE) His breath filled all things with a living, breathing light—A light that thrives in the depths of darkness, blazes through murky bottoms. It cannot and will not be quenched.

Thursday, June 20, 2019


LUKE 22:49-51
(See also Matthew 26:51-56,
Mark 14:47-49, and John 18:10-11)

Luke 22:49 When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?

Susie: What did they see that made the disciples ask if they should defend their Master? John expounds on that:

John 18:3-9 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.  As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.

Susan: Luke does not tell us all that had transpired when Judas came in the garden to betray Jesus with a kiss. He did not detail the officials and soldiers coming to arrest Jesus or Jesus’s questioning who they came for. John focused on this aspect and is the only one of the gospel writers who records the soldiers’ response to Jesus declaring He was whom they sought. They keeled over like dead men, knocked down by His words alone!

Susie: Jesus did not lay a hand on any of those who came to seize Him. He didn’t need to! However, the disciples, even though seeing this miracle, asked if they should fight with the two little swords they possessed.

Susan: Notice they (or at least impulsive Peter) did not wait for Jesus to answer.

Luke 22:50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.

Susie: All four gospels record this event, but only John names the disciple wielding the sword and the servant whose ear was lopped off. I wonder if Peter was really trying to cut off his head?

John 18:10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.

Susan: Peter was a man of action with too much kinetic energy. On the mount of transfiguration, he wanted to build booths for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. Here he wildly waves a sword.

Susie: By the way, my son played the role of Malchus in The Promise at Glenrose for a couple of seasons. Therefore, I never forget the name of that poor servant who just happened to be in Peter’s way.

Luke 22:51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear and healed him.

Susan: The King James Version “suffer ye thus far” is another one of those phrases we no longer use. The New King James Version translates it “permit even this.” What were they to permit? The disciples were to allow Jesus to be arrested and placed on trial.

Susie: In order to fulfill the purpose for which Jesus was born as the God-Man, He must suffer and die. He could not allow His disciples to interfere with the divine plan laid out by His Father.

Susan: Jesus’s actions supported His words of refraining from violence as He healed the servant’s ear, literally putting it back on. This was not the time for fighting and overthrowing. It was a time for submitting, trust, and peace.

Susie: Yes, Jesus submitted to those arresting Him rather than making them permanently “as dead men.” However, more importantly, He could submit in trust and with peace to His Father’s will. MacArthur’s commentary on this verse points out some other interesting points about the healing of the servant’s ear:

MacArthur Study Bible

touched his ear and healed him. This is the only instance in all of Scripture where Christ healed a flesh wound. The miracle is also unique in that Christ healed an enemy, unasked, and without any evidence of faith in the recipient. It is also remarkable that such a dramatic miracle had no effect whatsoever on the hearts of those men. Neither had the explosive power of Jesus’ words, which knocked them to the ground (John 18:6). They carried on with the arrest as if nothing peculiar had happened (v. 54).

John 18:6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Susan: Had I been one of those soldiers sent to arrest Jesus and had felt the power of His words knock me to the ground in a dead faint, plus witnessed the miracle of the ear being reattached perfectly, I may have been persuaded to trust in Him rather than seize Him!

Susie: Yet, their eyes remained blinded to the truth that Jesus was the Son of God.

Susan: The Father was using them to fulfill His purpose.

Susie: And we cannot know this side of Heaven how their memories of that night might have been used to draw them at a later date.

Ponder this and apply it: Focus for a moment on the last part of verse 51. Even as His enemies were arresting Him, Jesus showed compassion by healing Malchus’s ear. He submitted to His Father’s will by allowing Himself to be taken and remained true to His nature of love, compassion, and forgiveness by using His touch to heal. The peace that comes from seeking and obeying God’s will enables us to act according to His nature, to exhibit Christlikeness. God is in the process of conforming us to be like His Son (Romans 8:29). That ongoing process sometimes involves trials during which we must lay aside our own will in favor of His perfect plan for us. We will continue to be shaped and molded until the day we are in His presence.

Monday, June 17, 2019


LUKE 22:45-48
(See also Matthew 26:40-50,
Mark 14:37-44, and John 18:1-8)

Luke 22:45-46 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

Susie: Matthew, Mark, and Luke record the fact that Jesus found the disciples (whom He had commanded to watch and pray) sleeping instead. Only Luke adds that they were sleeping “for sorrow.” Since I battle depression, I understand the good doctor’s assessment. They were so overwhelmed with what Jesus had foretold during the Passover meal, that they fell asleep at the very time they should have stayed awake.

Susan: They were ambushed by an onslaught of extreme grief at the thought of their Master leaving them. Perhaps they thought if they could just sleep for a while, they could wake up from this nightmare. Or perhaps they were so exhausted from their brains going tilt at the thought of one them betraying Him, they needed to rest in order to gather their thoughts.

Susie: Their response to being overwhelmed was to be unable to hold their eyes open.

Susan: Matthew and Mark highlight the reality that Jesus went back and prayed the same prayer of submission three times, and all three times He returned to find the disciples sleeping.

Susie: Again, Jesus made it clear that they should be praying for themselves that the Lord would not allow them to sink into temptation. In both Matthew and Mark, Jesus addresses this admonition directly to Peter, the one who would be the first to succumb to the temptation to deny knowing Him! It is also noteworthy, that the Apostle John, in his gospel, does not mention Jesus’s prayer in the garden or the fact that the disciples fell asleep. He focuses instead on what happened next, the betrayal.

Luke 22:47 And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.

Susie: All four gospels speak of the crowd that came to arrest Jesus, but John omits the kiss of betrayal and gives the greatest detail of the crowd.

John 18:3 So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.

Susan: Matthew and Mark underscore that Judas had prearranged the signal of the kiss with the religious leaders. He had premeditated the method of this iniquity of betrayal before ever entering the garden.

Susie: Luke points out that Judas was not only with the crowd of religious leaders and soldiers but was leading them. It would be dark in the garden full of olive trees, thus the need for a sign to distinguish which one was Jesus.

Luke 22:48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?

Susie: Jesus addressed Judas by name. There could be no doubt that He recognized Judas in the dark, and He wanted Judas to know this and remember that He knew him by name. Judas was more than a mere acquaintance. He had walked with Jesus from the beginning of His ministry on earth.

Susan: Jesus referred to Himself as “The Son of Man.” This title was widely accepted as referring to the Messiah when used in Old Testament prophecy. Jesus was saying, “Wake up! Pay attention! You are betraying the One who came to deliver all who believe and trust in me as Messiah.” Although Judas walked with Jesus for three years, he never truly trusted Jesus which is why he was given the title “the son of perdition.”

Susie: Jesus asked whether Judas was truly betraying Him with a kiss—the sign of brotherly affection. He was proving himself to be a betrayer of the Lord and not truly a member of the family of God.

Ponder this and Apply it: Notice that in His darkest hour, Jesus urged the disciples to pray for THEMSELVES. He knew they would go through many trials after His arrest and especially after His death and would need strength. Many times, we intercede for others or ask for specific things (jobs, provision, healing) from the Lord; but how often do we pray, “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13) as Jesus taught His disciples to pray? Each day we need to ask the Lord to enable us to respond with the mind of Christ in each situation we may face.

Thursday, June 13, 2019


LUKE 22:39-44
(See also Matthew 26:36-45 and
Mark 14:32-41)

Luke 22:39 And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.

Susan: “As he was wont” is an archaic phrase. In modern terminology we might say, “as was His custom” or “as they usually did.” Going to the Garden of Gethsemane on the mount of Olives was something Jesus and His disciples had done many times before. The Mount of Olives was Jesus’s quiet place to spend intimate time with His Father. Here, He could divest Himself of all the noise of the world pressing in upon Him.

Susie: Even though Jesus had tried to prepare the disciples that the time had come for Him to be sacrificed, we must remember that this information was still flying over their heads, “going in one ear and out the other,” so to speak. They would not have thought it out of the ordinary to leave the Passover meal singing a hymn and going out to the garden to pray.

Matthew 26:30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

Susan: The Mount of Olives is a significant location due to more than just Jesus’ prayer and betrayal. An excellent article on this important place may be found at:

Luke 22:40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.

Mark 14:32-34 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

Susan: Remember Jesus’s prophecy that Satan was going to “sift” the disciples. Therefore, Jesus exhorted them to pray “lest they fall into temptation.” Jesus, in His admonition to the disciples, did not ask for prayer for Himself. He instructed them to entreat the Father to strengthen them to withstand the onslaught of the enemy He knew would follow His arrest.

Susie: Matthew gives the detail that most of the disciples were left at the entry to the garden while Peter, James, and John were taken deeper inside. 

Susan: Jesus confided only to these inner three the deep agony of His soul.

Susie: He told these three not only to pray, but to wait there and watch. Watching implies staying awake, being alert.

Susan: Jesus wanted them to pay attention. Peter, James, and John must not have had their coffee because, as we know, they fell asleep.

Luke 22:41-42 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

Susie: Jesus went a short distance from Peter, James, and John still within their hearing, but the disciples must not have heard everything since He later found them asleep. He assumed the humble position of kneeling and prayed to His Father.

Susan: When Mary was told she would bear God’s Son, it was difficult for her to take in as a young, unmarried virgin. But she responded to the angel by saying, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” Jesus now prayed, also, submitting to the Father’s will.
Susie: The prophet Isaiah had foretold that it would be God’s will to sacrifice the Messiah, His Son:

Isaiah 53:10  Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

Susan: Isaiah predicted not only the Messiah’s death but also His resurrection to be the “first fruit from the dead”  (1 Corinthians 15:20). The only way He could see His seed or offspring and prolong His days was to be raised from the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:20 (NASB) But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.

Luke 22:43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

Susie: Only Dr. Luke records the strengthening of the Lord by an angel and the information that His sweat was like drops of blood.

NKJV Study Bible

22:43 strengthening Him: God’s answer to Jesus’ prayer did not allow His Son to avoid suffering. However, God did provide angelic help for Jesus to face what was coming. Sometimes God answers prayer by eliminating trials; sometimes He answers by strengthening us in the midst of them.

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Susie: From what I have read, Jesus exhibited a rare condition called hematidrosis or hematohidrosis. It boils down to blood mixing with sweat as capillaries near sweat glands burst and can be a result of extreme exertion, agony, or anxiety.

Susan: In His humanity, Jesus was experiencing all three of these simultaneously. The angel had strengthened Him to endure the pain and rejection He was to endure by the will of the Father.

Susie: Hematidrosis usually occurs on the face. The following links lead to explanations of this phenomenon.

Ponder this and Apply it: What application can we draw from the agony of Christ in the Garden?  Even though He was God incarnate, in His humanity, Jesus needed times of deep prayer. If our Lord needed to draw aside from the busyness of the world to spend time with God, how much more should we?  It was God’s will that Jesus die in our place. His prayer was one of submission to that will. He was not delivered from the trial, but the Lord sent the angel to strengthen Him for it. Many times, trials in our own lives are serving God’s purpose for ourselves or others in our sphere of influence. Deliverance will come either by being lifted out of the situation or by being given the strength to go through it. The key thing to learn is that we must submit to the Lord’s will and trust Him during the trying times.

Monday, June 10, 2019


LUKE 22:35-38

Luke 22:35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.

Susie: Previously, Jesus had sent the disciples out with the instructions to take nothing with them to provide for themselves. They were taken care of along the way by other believers. They were fed, housed, and possibly protected during their missionary journey.

Susan: When Jesus jogged their memory of that time, the disciples recalled that all their necessities were provided as they went.

Luke 10:4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.

Luke 22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

Susie: The rest of their lives was going to be different than the times Jesus sent them on temporary assignments. Jesus would soon depart from this earth, and they would be on their own (other than the Holy Spirit, of course). Persecution would be fierce and even former “friends” might not welcome them anymore.

Susan: Therefore, Jesus urged them to live, as we would say, by the Boy Scout or Girl Scout motto of being prepared for all scenarios. They would need to take money, a knapsack, and even a weapon. Of course, their primary offensive weapon would be the “sword of the Spirit which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).

Susie: However, since the “purse” and “scrip” are taken literally, we may also conclude that Jesus meant they might literally need to defend themselves. The type sword they would have had would have been more like a long knife and could be used for such practical purposes as cleaning fish or fending off wild animals.  The point Jesus is making is that they will have to fend for themselves more than before and that danger is a certainty in their future.

Susan: Jesus would no longer be with them physically, but has assured them of the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide and watch over them.

Luke 22:37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressorsG459: for the things concerning me have an end.

Pulpit Commentary as quoted at
Verse 37. - For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors. Here he shows them what he meant. They, as disciples of One treated as a malefactor, had surely nothing to expect but hatred and persecution. Stier remarks that this is the first time that the Lord himself directs us to the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah, that most pre-eminent and complete text of the Passion.

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Susie: When I read the word “transgressors,” I thought “sinners.” But the word has a broader meaning:

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance as quoted at

G459 - ἄνομος ánomos, an'-om-os; from G1 (as a negative particle) and G3551; lawless, i.e. (negatively) not subject to (the Jewish) law; (by implication, a Gentile), or (positively) wicked:—without law, lawless, transgressor, unlawful, wicked.

Susan: Since the crowd would demand the release of a known murderer and leader of an uprising over the release of Jesus, and since He would be crucified between two thieves, His disciples would be labeled as known associates of a criminal, a part of a crime family, His lieutenants.

Susie: The Son of God the Father would be labeled as a godfather!

Susan: Jesus’s purpose for coming—to die on the cross in our place—would soon be accomplished, and His time of ministering in the flesh on earth would end.

Luke 22:38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.

Susie: The disciples took Jesus literally and produced two swords among them. One may have belonged to Peter since he later lops off the ear of the high priest’s servant!

MacArthur Study Bible
22:38 two swords. These were short, dagger-like instruments—more like knives than swords. There was nothing unusual about the carrying of such weapons in that culture. They had many practical uses besides violence against other people.

Susan: Jesus could mean that two swords are enough because He never intended them to be used to defend Him. It wasn’t the disciples’ place or responsibility to physically defend their Lord.

Susie: Or, as some commentators and translations imply, Jesus could have been saying, “That’s enough of such talk.” Either way, He terminated the conversation.

Ponder this and Apply it: Jesus does provide for our needs but usually uses our work and effort to do so. We are not to sit idly by and expect supplies to materialize. Living on this side of the cross, believers are blessed to have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the New Testament teachings on the armor of the Lord (Ephesians 6), and the examples of the Apostles’ lives to instruct us.