BITE: Not a Call to Arms…

And He said to them, "When I sent you out with no purse or [provision] bag or sandals, did you lack anything?" They answered, "Nothing!" Then He said to them, "but now let him who has a purse take it, and also [his provision] bag; and let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy a sword.
 For I tell you that this Scripture must yet be fulfilled in Me: And He was counted and classed among the wicked (the outlaws, the criminals); for what is written about Me has its fulfillment [has reached its end and is finally settled]."
 And they said, Look, Lord! Here are two swords. And He said to them, "It is enough." Luke 22:35-38 [AMP]

I have had a wonderful time in thanksgiving these last several days with family and friends. We had a full house and broke bread together as we pondered all the Lord has done for and given us. I have had some quiet moments where I have sat down and opened God’s word but not necessarily time to document in Blog form. With being home with visiting family and time off from work, almost all of my free time has gone to them. However, I am coming back to something I read in Luke 22 that I spent a little time researching -> the passage above.

I know that there are many who regard this passage as Jesus endorsing the taking up of arms…however, after more careful reading, it is more a call to be ready for hard-ship and sacrifice to come -> Jesus’ statement is not to discourage trust in God’s provision but to alert the Twelve to the fact that a period of intense tribulation, introduced by ‘but now’, is underway. Jesus’ advice to buy a sword is not meant as a literal instruction for the disciples but as a general pointer of the strife to come. In short, the call to purchase a sword ‘is a call to be ready for hardship and self-sacrifice’.

When the disciples say “look here Lord, we have two swords”…<Ben’s Opinion>I think that Jesus is just trying to close off the conversation because His disciples have failed to grasp what it means for their Master to model the Suffering Servant which is His passion to give Himself up to be the ultimate sacrifice for all.</Ben’s Opinion>

Finally, I don’t see any issue with us defending our families, homes, and selves – I just want to stop short of seeing this passage as some sort of endorsement of building up a cache.

Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses, but we will trust in and boast of the name of the Lord our God.

Psalms 20:7 [AMP]

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