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Lesson # Luke 22:47-53
Study Material - Luke 22:47-53
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47 And [de] while he [autos] yet [eti] spake [laleo] , behold [idou] a multitude [ochlos] , and [kai] he that was called [lego] Judas [Ioudas] , one [heis] of the twelve [dodeka] , went before [proerchomai] them [autos] , and [kai] drew near [eggizo] unto Jesus [Iesous] to kiss [phileo] him [autos] .
48 But [de] Jesus [Iesous] said [epo] unto him [autos] , Judas [Ioudas] , betrayest thou [paradidomi] the Son [huios] of man [anthropos] with a kiss [philema] ?
49 When [de] they which were about [peri] him [autos] saw [eido] what would follow [esomai] , they said [epo] unto him [autos] , Lord [kurios] , [ei] shall we smite [patasso] with [en] the sword [machaira] ?
50 And [kai] one [heis] [tis] of [ek] them [autos] smote [patasso] the servant [doulos] of the high priest [archiereus] , and [kai] cut off [aphaireo] his [autos] right [dexios] ear [ous] .
51 And [de] Jesus [Iesous] answered [apokrinomai] and said [epo] , Suffer ye [eao] thus [toutou] far [heos] . And [kai] he touched [haptomai] his [autos] ear [otion] , and healed [iaomai] him [autos] .
52 Then [de] Jesus [Iesous] said [epo] unto [pros] the chief priests [archiereus] , and [kai] captains [strategos] of the temple [hieron] , and [kai] the elders [presbuteros] , which were come [paraginomai] to [epi] him [autos] , Be ye come out [exerchomai] , as [hos] against [epi] a thief [lestes] , with [meta] swords [machaira] and [kai] staves [xulon] ?
53 When [on] I [mou] was [on] daily [hemera] [kata] with [meta] you [humon] in [en] the temple [hieron] , ye stretched forth [ekteino] no [ou] hands [cheir] against [epi] me [eme] : but [alla] this [houtos] is [esti] your [humon] hour [hora] , and [kai] the power [exousia] of darkness [skotos] . KJV-Interlinear
47 While He was still speaking, behold, a multitude came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was preceding them; and he approached Jesus to kiss Him. 48 But Jesus said to him, 'Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?' 49 And when those who were around Him saw what was going to happen, they said, 'Lord, shall we strike with the sword?' 50 And a certain one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus answered and said, 'Stop! No more of this.' And He touched his ear and healed him. 52 And Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders who had come against Him, 'Have you come out with swords and clubs as against a robber? 53 'While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours.'
A long parade of armed men approached the garden. The apostles were asleep, and were probably wakened with a start. This is the last thing that they expected.
They see Judas at the head of the procession and witness the kiss. Jesus asks the appropriate question. 'With a kiss?' All evil uses deceit to advance itself, to cover its corruption. Anything, anyone, who is not saved, or any believer who is out of fellowship is categorized as evil and is by definition deceitful. Anyone living outside of Gods will, leads a life of deceit, even self deception.
There is but one place to live and that is within the sphere of fellowship. To live anywhere else (out of fellowship) means that sooner or later you will have to resort to deceit both for yourself (to justify your chosen life style) and to others, to whom you are intending to impress or just to show that you are not bound by some theological rule of life.
With a kiss, is the method of betrayal, but deceit is the true mechanism. This is also hypocrisy - the distortion of facts as they relate to truth. And who are we really fooling? Ourselves. We cannot fool God. We cannot outsmart the Son of Man. So to fools belong the sphere of deceit and hypocrisy.
The apostles see rather quickly, what is about to happen. They are all going to be arrested. So, 'do we fight?' And they pull out all of their swords (both of them). You will recall that they had two swords.
Here they (eleven men plus Jesus) are facing possibly 1000 men. Most well trained and well armed soldiers. Soldiers who were battle hardened and knew how to fight should it come to that.
The apostles hadn't fought anything much more dangerous than a net full of fish.
And to what end will they fight? Well, the Cross has to go on. That is why Christ came into this world. This fight would be very short is it were allowed to unfold.
Peter the 'mightiest' of the eleven drew his sword and swings it at the head of Malchus. Peter misses and gets his ear. So much for the training and aim, of Peter. Malchus is unarmed. He just happened to be the closest.
Again we have knee jerk reaction from the apostles. Later when Jesus asks whom they seek, then asks for the release of these eleven, they will all fade rather quickly into the night. Again, so much for our warrior wonders.
But then almost everyone in the crowd is a coward of sorts. The priests are addressed. 'What? Arrest me here with a small army, when I was in the Temple daily these last few days?' We have already studied the cowardice of the elders and chief priests and their ranks.
Evil takes no risks. It seeks the concealment of darkness so that others might not see its lies. And so it is with our lives, when we ignore our spiritual lives. We seek to hide our life inside the darkness of lies (that which is apart from Gods Word).
They came after Jesus as they would a common criminal, or one who is under suspicion or indictment of a crime. Jesus has done nothing. Jesus has been around, even in the temple for several days now, yet they came with a small army. For what purpose? Was He going battle them? Was He going to try to escape?
The Pharisees ascribed to Jesus those things that they themselves would do were they in His place. People who lack doctrine in their souls have a limited capacity within their soul, available for use. They can only think within the confines and boundaries of evil.
So Jesus gives them their last, and only, 60 minutes of glory (a figure of speech). ' ... but this hour and the power of darkness are yours.' Satan is the power of darkness.
Jesus Christ controls history. God controls history in three ways - directly through His intervention, indirectly through the influence of Bible doctrine in history, and by permission, thus allowing the free will of mankind to function even when that function leads to failure.
Here is their hour, their moment in history, where they have an opportunity to do that which is right, but choose to do that which is wrong. Tomorrow we will add yet a couple of more verses to this study and then we will see that those who have come to make the arrest, had every opportunity to 'not' make the arrest.
'Whom do you seek?'
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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