ESV - 36 He said to them, "But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.
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In my opinion, Jesus' mention of a sword could not have been an actual recommendation for the use of violence by His followers against opponents (especially since He rebuked Peter very shortly thereafter for his use of a sword at the time of His arrest). Instead, Jesus' words were intended as an emphatic warning to the apostles (and, by extension, to all of His followers) of the greatly increased opposition and persecution that they would face, and have to be prepared to deal with, in the near future when He would no longer be among them. (And that would be in addition to the hazards -- such as wild beasts, for example -- that they would encounter as a normal part of the missionary travels that they would soon be undertaking.)
The sword is a symbol of warfare, conflict and self-defence. Swords were used by people to fight against their enemies. In the context of this verse, Jesus knows that a massive spiritual battle is about to begin. Satan will try to tempt Jesus to use his power and authority to end his suffering before his mission is completed (to die for the sins of the whole world). Satan already used Judas to betray Jesus and he would fill the disciples with fear and cause them to run away and hide. Satan had asked to sift Peter (the leader of the disciples) as wheat, but Jesus had prayed for Peter, that his faith would not fail him, and when he had turned back, to strengthen his brothers (Luke 22:31-32). In Luke 22:35 Jesus asked them "When I sent you without a purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?" Nothing, they answered. Why? Because Jesus was protecting and empowering them by his Holy Spirit, as they ministered in the towns and villages he sent them to. But now Jesus could not protect his disciples, because he had to suffer alone to pay the penalty for the sins of the world. Jesus knew that Satan had filled the religious leaders with hatred toward him and they would also vent their anger towards the disciples. So Jesus told them to get a sword to protect themselves, and they brought two swords. In Luke 22:47-53 we read about Judas's betrayal and Jesus's arrest. The disciples asked Jesus if they should use their swords now, and Peter struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. Jesus said, "No More of this!" and healed the man's ear. Then Jesus asked the officers of the guard "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? But this is your hour when darkness reigns. In John's gospel account of Jesus's arrest (John 18:1-11) we learn that Jesus asked the temple guard twice "who is it you want" and they replied "Jesus", and he said "I am he". Then Jesus said, "if you are looking for me, then let these men go." This happened to fulfil Jesus word "I have not lost one of those you gave me." At that moment of Jesus suffering, he was helpless to protect his disciples against the forces of evil allayed against him. In his humanity, I think he initially exhorted them to protect themselves (get a sword) but later told them to stop it, because he was not leading a rebellion. But Jesus had prayed for his disciples, and that was all the protection they needed in this dark hour.
I humbly submit for your consideration the Words spoken by the Lord to expose the significance while addressing His friends then and now. (Luke 22:34) Jesus dresses down His friend Simon Peter with a prophecy. (Luke 22:35)”When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything? In this scripture Jesus acknowledges the twelve disciples past kingdom season and then transitions into a new world season with His eleven friends. (Luke 22:36) "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. In this scripture Jesus is telling His friends to be prepared for what He knows will soon come upon them, remember the betrayal by Judas is in the back ground. Consider: If He was speaking spiritually of the Word as meaning a sword? Why then would He instruct them to sell their cloak to purchase what was already freely given them at supper? One must purchase within the secular world, where as stuff is freely given within the kingdom. (Luke 22:38) The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords." "That is enough," he replied. In this scripture they answer in the affirmative as to possessing two physical objects that Jesus could see, and I humbly submit they are metal swords. Note: there are only two swords among the eleven, implying only those with the mental - physical abilities and training discipline should carry a sword to protect a larger group. "THAT IS ENOUGH" he replied. (Luke 22:50) And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. Jesus rebuked Peter for striking a servant only doing what his master had requested also who was not a direct threat. As his back was to the sword in Peter’s right hand to enable the clean cutting of the right ear only. Shield in left hand and sword in the right hand was the custom. (Luke 22:56-59) Peter disowns Jesus at the fire; likely because some the servants relatives were seated among the crowd, wanting to exact revenge for their poor relative with the new ear problem, which was the custom again. Bottom line I submit the Lord knew the season had changed between the first disciple send off and the current one and He was equipping His friends to meet the coming challenges and dangers of this new season. (Luke 12:56) The first training mission build their faith and the second would build their administrative discipline in the correct deployment and usage of weapons for defending themselves and spreading the Gospel message. (Psalms 149:6-7; Psalms 149:9) "The occupation of the good soldier of Christ is war" ~Charles Spurgeon In the Lord's freedom a sheepdog standing.................warrior on
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