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Day 28 - Reckless Acts of Defiance

1When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” 5 They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6 When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” 9 This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.” 10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) 11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”
12 So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. 13 First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people. (John 18:1-14 ESV)

Peter's act of drawing a sword in Gethsemane was impulsive and reckless. It wasn't part of Jesus' plan. Jesus, the future divine warrior, intended a different path this time. John tells us Peter cut off Malchus' ear, highlighting Peter's misinterpretation. Jesus even commanded Peter to put the sword away (John 17:11).


This raises a question: Have we ever acted like Peter, jumping to conclusions and initiating unnecessary conflicts? Maybe a fight over a toilet seat, loud music, or a neighbor's lawn. We might expect God's support in these battles, but often, they're not part of his plan.


Jesus wants our obedience in every area of our lives and our reckless acts of defiance should not be the highlight of our faith journey.


Let's pray for patience and understanding. May we follow Jesus' lead, even when it requires self-sacrifice and humbling ourselves before God's will.

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