Tuesday, 30th March
Reading Luke 22: 24-53
The disciples said, ‘See, Lord, here are two swords.’ ‘That’s enough!’ he replied.Luke 22:24-53
In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy says to her dog, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”. It turns out she has been hit on the head and suffering a very colourful nightmare where nothing is real. The disciples in Luke 22 know they are not in Galilee anymore, they see it as a parallel universe, and so as they prepare to journey out at night in the vicinity of Jerusalem they are already equipped, and ready to defend themselves. There are at least two swords with them, and they are not afraid to use them. As foolish as it is for teenagers to carry a weapon on the streets of British towns and cities, Jesus did not expect the disciples to battle with temple police. Seriously outnumbered, they would only lose; as he says in the parallel Matthew account, those who live by the sword will die by it.
The actions of the disciples in these verses, arguing about whose best, falling asleep instead of praying, and cutting off the servant’s ear typify the 3 years they have been with the Lord; no matter what Jesus teaches, they still don’t yet get the Gospel. What of us? However long we have been followers of the Lord, do we actually get it? How often do we misinterpret his word or do the wrong thing? Thankfully we have a God of love, who forgives, and allows us to wake up and see reality again.
Please pray today that we may have an awareness of our need to ever grow closer to the Lord and his way of love.
Please also pray for those who feel vulnerable or pressured by gangs, an awakening to the Lord of those who carry lethal weapons, and for the efforts of the police that they may act justly as they seek to serve.