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A few days I posted about how we can’t surprise God. In that post we saw how Jesus told Peter that he would deny Jesus. Today’s reading starts with showing how Jesus knew what He was talking about no matter how much Peter fought against it. Jesus knew the challenges, the pressure, and the situation that was being setup. Jesus knew how Peter would respond when put into that situation. The cool part is that it made Peter’s faith even stronger because after Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven, on the day of Pentecost, when Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit, he became that rock on which the church could be built that Jesus spoke of. Let’s take a look though at how Jesus’ prediction played out…
Peter Denies Jesus
(Matthew 26.57, 58, 69-75; Mark 14.53, 54, 66-72; John 18.12-18, 25-27)
54They arrested Jesus and took him away into the house of the High Priest; and Peter followed at a distance. 55A fire had been lit in the center of the courtyard, and Peter joined those who were sitting around it. 56When one of the servant women saw him sitting there at the fire, she looked straight at him and said, “This man too was with Jesus!” 57But Peter denied it, “Woman, I don’t even know him!” 58After a little while a man noticed Peter and said, “You are one of them, too!” But Peter answered, “Man, I am not!” 59And about an hour later another man insisted strongly, “There isn’t any doubt that this man was with Jesus, because he also is a Galilean!” 60But Peter answered, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about!” At once, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61The Lord turned around and looked straight at Peter, and Peter remembered that the Lord had said to him, “Before the rooster crows tonight, you will say three times that you do not know me.” 62Peter went out and wept bitterly.
–from Luke 22
When Peter realized what played out it hit him hard. He realized that he wasn’t as strong as he thought he was on his own. Without God’s power we are weak. When we ask Jesus into our hearts and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us we are transformed. And we see this take place in Peter and the other disciples. We even see this when Paul has his initial encounter with Jesus and how it turned the world on its head.
Jesus has stepped in as the perfect intercessor for us. He is our perfect priest allowing us to go to the thrown room of God and seek wisdom and discernment and forgiveness. Jesus was the one sacrifice that was good enough forever.
Another Priest, like Melchizedek
15The matter becomes even plainer; a different priest has appeared, who is like Melchizedek. 16He was made a priest, not by human rules and regulations, but through the power of a life which has no end. 17 For the scripture says, “You will be a priest forever, in the priestly order of Melchizedek.” 18The old rule, then, is set aside, because it was weak and useless. 19For the Law of Moses could not make anything perfect. And now a better hope has been provided through which we come near to God. 20In addition, there is also God’s vow. There was no such vow when the others were made priests. 21 But Jesus became a priest by means of a vow when God said to him, “The Lord has made a solemn promise and will not take it back: ‘You will be a priest forever.’” 22This difference, then, also makes Jesus the guarantee of a better covenant. 23There is another difference: there were many of those other priests, because they died and could not continue their work. 24But Jesus lives on forever, and his work as priest does not pass on to someone else. 25And so he is able, now and always, to save those who come to God through him, because he lives forever to plead with God for them. 26Jesus, then, is the High Priest that meets our needs. He is holy; he has no fault or sin in him; he has been set apart from sinners and raised above the heavens. 27 He is not like other high priests; he does not need to offer sacrifices every day for his own sins first and then for the sins of the people. He offered one sacrifice, once and for all, when he offered himself. 28The Law of Moses appoints men who are imperfect to be high priests; but God’s promise made with the vow, which came later than the Law, appoints the Son, who has been made perfect forever. –from Hebrews 7
God is good to His Word! He keeps His promises! We can take Him at His Word and trust that He will do what He promises!
We can always turn to God’s Word for wisdom. Today Proverbs provides us the completion of the list of 30 wise sayings…
1Don’t be envious of evil people, and don’t try to make friends with them. 2Causing trouble is all they ever think about; every time they open their mouth someone is going to be hurt.
3Homes are built on the foundation of wisdom and understanding. 4Where there is knowledge, the rooms are furnished with valuable, beautiful things.
5Being wise is better than being strong; yes, knowledge is more important than strength. 6After all, you must make careful plans before you fight a battle, and the more good advice you get, the more likely you are to win.
7Wise sayings are too deep for stupid people to understand. They have nothing to say when important matters are being discussed.
8If you are always planning evil, you will earn a reputation as a troublemaker. 9Any scheme a fool thinks up is sinful. People hate a person who has nothing but scorn for others.
10If you are weak in a crisis, you are weak indeed.
11Don’t hesitate to rescue someone who is about to be executed unjustly. 12You may say that it is none of your business, but God knows and judges your motives. He keeps watch on you; he knows. And he will reward you according to what you do.
13My child, eat honey; it is good. And just as honey from the comb is sweet on your tongue, 14you may be sure that wisdom is good for the soul. Get wisdom and you have a bright future.
15Don’t be like the wicked who scheme to rob honest people or to take away their homes. 16No matter how often honest people fall, they always get up again; but disaster destroys the wicked.
17Don’t be glad when your enemies meet disaster, and don’t rejoice when they stumble. 18The Lord will know if you are gloating, and he will not like it; and then maybe he won’t punish them.
19Don’t let evil people worry you; don’t be envious of them. 20A wicked person has no future—nothing to look forward to.
21Have reverence for the Lord, my child, and honor the king. Have nothing to do with people who rebel against them; 22such people could be ruined in a moment. Do you realize the disaster that God or the king can cause?
–from Proverbs 24