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9/28 Luke 20-22

Many of the events in these chapters I have covered in previous posts, but the one I want to focus on today is Luke 22 31-32. This takes place at the last supper after Jesus teaches them about communion and what they are to do.  Jesus then makes this very sobering statement to Peter.

31″Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

It is interesting that Satan asks Jesus first.  In the King James it says, “Satan hath desired to have you.”  One would think from this that Satan does not have all the power to do whatever he wishes.  That it must be allowed by God first.  Oh, and by the way all my footnotes refer to the word you as plural, meaning not just Peter but all the disciples.  A similar event takes place in Job chapter 1.

9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

12 The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

It would appear that God allows certain things to happen to all of us, but I believe that God has limits set for us.  Anyway back to Peter.  I would imagine that the sifting is what happens next when Peter denies Jesus and the others scatter and hide in fear.  I also noted that Jesus said “when you have turned back.”  So Jesus new what would happen and that Peter would be okay in the end.  I pray that this would also be the case with us.  No matter what happens, in the end all will be okay for us also.  With Jesus interceding on our behalf, I can’t image otherwise.  How about you?

September 28, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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