“But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?” In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me. But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.”
Matthew 26:52-56 NKJV
I am still seeing it today…
“Put your sword in its place.” Was not what the disciples wanted to hear, they were ready for revolution, they were ready for war, but Jesus said no.
This kingdom will not be built on the blood of its enemies it is being built by those who were once enemies… by the love of God that is what changes the way we think (repentance).
Peter put down his sword, not because he wanted to but because Jesus told him too, I’m sure Peter was thinking (ok, now this is getting crazy, the son of man comes to establish the kingdom of heaven and we lay down our weapons?) the answer is YES, lay down your weapons and we are still being asked to lay down our weapons. I have watched some lay down their weapons and never come back In fear , I’ve watched some who continue to hold on to their weapons with a death grip in fear and I’ve seen some who like Peter… realize that the power is in the way Jesus showed us to establish the kingdom (love).
If you are following Jesus you will Be asked or are currently at the place where he is telling you to put your weapon in its place, he fights for you and the Kingdom of Heaven is being established by the God head in the heart of men and women and children through love and intimacy with Yahweh.
Jesus spent his physical time here building the Kingdom this way not sharpening his sword and strategically planning how to overcome the enemy, he knew that His death, burial and resurrection would take care of that for eternity.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:12 NKJV
So… “Put your sword in its place.”
Our way is established not in our confidence of how much we think we know about the Bible and God… our way is established through how intimately we know Yahweh’s heart and this knowledge cannot be followed or reproduced it can only be known as He is known by you through worship in spirit and truth.
There are many who unequivocally know the Bible but we need to unequivocally know Yahweh the one who gave us His word, His son Jesus and Holy Spirit so.. that we may know Him and come into his presence with rejoicing and praise, there is a place with Him so close that you experience fully that He is an all consuming fire and because of His intimate love for you, you exist in that fire without being consumed because He loves you.
““For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 NLT
David in the presence of Yahweh took no thought of those around him worshipping in spirit and truth, there was such an intimacy there that no one or nothing else mattered.
“And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment. So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns.”
2 Samuel 6:14-15 NLT
I’ve spent a lot of time
thinking I have something
And say for God,
But he has said it all.
Jesus Christ not only
understood the word,
He did the word.
“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT