• Rusty Coram

2021_10_06 Insight Post- Rusty Coram

This week's reading- Luke 22

This week we are focusing our attention on Luke 22, which is a packed chapter to say the least! In our reading we come across something that, at first glance, seems a bit out of character for Jesus. He knew the persecution that was coming to Him and His followers, and Jesus wanted to prepare them: “Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you out to preach the Good News and you did not have money, a traveler’s bag, or an extra pair of sandals, did you need anything?” “No,” they replied. 36 “But now,” he said, “take your money and a traveler’s bag. And if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one! 37 For the time has come for this prophecy about me to be fulfilled: ‘He was counted among the rebels.’* Yes, everything written about me by the prophets will come true.” 38 “Look, Lord,” they replied, “we have two swords among us.” That’s enough,” he said. (Luke 22:35-38)

Jesus was letting His friends know that soon they would be hounded and hunted down, because of their relationship with Him. This was going to be different than the way it had always had been, because when they were physically with Jesus, they were under special protection and provision. They would soon become rebels in the eyes of the religious and legal authorities, and they needed to be aware, and prepared. Jesus illustrates their plight by saying they should be equipped for battle with a sword. While some want to take this as Jesus supporting the Second Amendment, the bigger context indicates that this is figurative wording. “That is enough” is not Jesus saying that they are adequately armed, but that they were missing the point. Not long after this exchange, when Jesus was being arrested, we read, “When the other disciples saw what was about to happen, they exclaimed, “Lord, should we fight? We brought the swords!” 50 And one of them struck at the high priest’s slave, slashing off his right ear. 51 But Jesus said, “No more of this.” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.” Luke 22:49–51 (NLT)

It seems clear to me that Jesus was trying to get His followers to see that, in this world there will be serious opposition to the message of our sin, God’s love and the way to true forgiveness. And like Him, we will face persecution, hatred and rejection. And just like Him, we are to stand strong and faithful, showing by our example and words, the true love of God. God’s army doesn’t attack our enemies, instead we speak the truth, and we love them. This teaching has nothing to do with the Second Amendment, but has everything to do with the Great Commandments: to love God with our whole heart and our neighbor as ourselves.

Rusty Coram

Senior Pastor

*Luke 22:37- See Isaiah 53:12.