Put your sword down! (Jn 18:11-18:11)

“Jesus said to Peter.

‘Put your sword

Back into its sheath!

Am I not to drink

The cup

That the Father

Has given me?’”

εἶπεν οὖν ὁ Ἰησοῦς τῷ Πέτρῳ Βάλε τὴν μάχαιραν εἰς τὴν θήκην· τὸ ποτήριον ὃ δέδωκέν μοι ὁ Πατήρ, οὐ μὴ πίω αὐτό;

John uniquely indicated that Jesus (οὖν ὁ Ἰησοῦς) said (εἶπεν) to Peter (τῷ Πέτρῳ) to put down his sword (Βάλε τὴν μάχαιραν) and put it back into its sheath (εἰς τὴν θήκην).  John was the only Greek canonical writer to use this term θήκην, that means a receptacle, a repository, a case, a sheath, or a scabbard.  Jesus said that was he not to drink (οὐ μὴ πίω αὐτό) the wine drinking cup (τὸ ποτήριον) that the Father had given him (ὃ δέδωκέν μοι ὁ Πατήρ)?  Matthew. chapter 26:52-54, uniquely recounted that Jesus said to the unnamed swordsman (τότε λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ Ἰησοῦς) to put his sword away or put it back in the place where it belonged (Ἀπόστρεψον τὴν μάχαιράν σου εἰς τὸν τόπον αὐτῆς).  Then he said that all those who take up the sword (πάντες γὰρ οἱ λαβόντες μάχαιραν) would perish by the sword (ἐν μαχαίρῃ ἀπολοῦνται).  Live by the sword!  Die by the sword!  Jesus reminded them that he could appeal to his Father (ἢ δοκεῖς ὅτι οὐ δύναμαι παρακαλέσαι τὸν Πατέρα μου) to send him more than 12 legions of angels (καὶ παραστήσει μοι ἄρτι πλείω δώδεκα λεγιῶνας ἀγγέλων).  Instead, these things had to happen this way to fulfill the scriptures (πῶς οὖν πληρωθῶσιν αἱ γραφαὶ ὅτι οὕτως δεῖ γενέσθαι).  There was no indication of what exact scriptures needed to be fulfilled.  Jesus maintained that he had heavenly or spiritual powers that could save him.  A legion was about 6,000 men, so that would mean 12 legions of about 72,000 angels could come to fight for Jesus.  However, based on the Father’s plan, this suffering was the way it was going to go.  Luke chapter 22:51, indicated that Jesus responded (ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν) that they were to leave things alone (Ἐᾶτε ἕως τούτου), since there would be no more of this sword fighting.  He touched the ear (καὶ ἁψάμενος τοῦ ὠτίου) of the one who had lost his ear.  Then Jesus healed him (ἰάσατο αὐτόν).  Only Luke, among all the gospel writers, indicated that Jesus healed the ear that was swiped off, since the other biblical writers kept the narrative going, without any reference to this healing.  Would you heal someone who was attacking you?

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