The word of God tells us that we are conquerors through Christ. This is often easier said than done. Jesus is always right there with us as he promised. He's waiting for us to engage our faith and trust in his plan. What do we do?
“Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear...”
- John 18:10
The most surprising bit of this exchange for me was not that Jesus was about to be taken. The scriptures foretold of this. My carnal mind was focused on:
"Isn't Peter a fisherman, where did he get a sword from?!"
The patriarch of the 12 tribes of Israel knew his sons and what they were capable of. Two of the 12, Simeon and Levi, were inseparable and capable of much cruelty when they were together. Jacob declared that they needed to be separated for their own good.
“I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel...”
- Genesis 49:7
What prompted Jacob to make this declaration? Simeon and Levi executed their own version of vigilante justice in retaliation to a horrible crime committed against their family.
“And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.”
Jacob was disappointed at this but Simeon and Levi thought they were doing the right thing. Their understanding of judgement was honourable but flawed as they fell into the murky waters of self will. Jacob sought not to entertain their potentially destructive habit.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.”
Line of Demarcation
When Simeon and Levi were together, it was time for war. One needed to be set apart. The Most High separated Levi for his Holy Levitical Priesthood, tasked with staying clean and teaching the other children of God how to live righteously.
“And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.”
This was a familiar teaching that passed down throughout the generations. The arrival of Jesus Christ brought great division as he was the sword that divided the righteous from the wicked. Battle lines had already been drawn but the battlefield was now clearly seen.
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
2 Corinthians 6:17
The coming together of Simeon and Levi was a symbolic representation of the joining of that which is spiritual and that of the flesh. These two become highly combustible when mixed.
“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
Heat of the battle
We are soldiers in the army of God. When you are at war, the enemy looks for your weak points to exploit. Peter drew his sword at a time where he did not yet fully understand what type of King he served. The enemy infiltrated his judgement and Peter succumbed as his season for war had not yet come. The sacrifice of Christ then ushered in the season of victory.
“For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”
The mere entry of Jesus Christ was a threat to the world order as it established faith among the people. That is how powerful faith is. Wherever faith is, God is and wherever God is, the calvary is at hand. Our kinsman redeemer has requested that we put on his full armour. Stand on the side of truth, stay focused, guard your heart and watch your steps. Above all, hold on to your faith. Live in grace, walk in peace and be blessed.
“For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance forclothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.”