The Sword?

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 1 King 14-15; Luke 22:31-46



35 Jesus said to them, “When I sent you out without a wallet, bag, or sandals, you didn’t lack anything, did you?”

They said, “Nothing.”

36 Then he said to them, “But now, whoever has a wallet must take it, and likewise a bag. And those who don’t own a sword must sell their clothes and buy one. 37  I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in relation to me: And he was counted among criminalsIndeed, what’s written about me is nearing completion.”

38 They said to him, “Lord, look, here are two swords.”

He replied, “Enough of that!” (Luke 22:35-38, Common English Bible)

I wish I had a picture of what my desk looks like when I sit down to do serious Bible Study. The kind of study when you really have to get down and dig into Scriptures. My desk doesn’t look so much so much like it anymore. With the improvements to computers and the internet, much of the time I am doing just about everything online. With certain Bible apps, I can have eight or ten or even more versions of the Bible opened at once. That can leave much of the room on my desk for stacks of commentaries. But, back in my seminary days, well, that didn’t work so well. It would look much like a combination of the three above. Today, well not so much.

If I really wanted to get at what Jesus is saying in today’s lesson I might have to make my desk appear much like it was back in the days of having eight translations and two paraphrases piked on my desk. Even then I’m not so sure I would get the full meaning in the context of this passage.

Well, I am going to try to make Paul’s words to the Ephesians fit in with Jesus’ words in today’s lesson. Paul says, “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word” (Ephesians 6:17, Common English Bible).

As I read today’s lesson my mind immediately flashed to these words of Paul’s. The words particularly echoed in my thoughts when I read Jesus saying, “But now, whoever has a wallet must take it, and likewise a bag. And those who don’t own a sword must sell their clothes and buy one.” Jesus tells all to go out and buy a sword? Throughout Jesus’ life he never really talks about the need for offensive weapons and here he says sell whatever you have, if that is what it takes, to go buy a sword. Really? Hince his remark when “they” (I tend to think I see Peter’s fine hand here) said to him, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” To which Jesus replies, “Enough of that!”

That doesn’t sound to me much like a guy interested in offensive weapons. But, could he be talking about a “Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God?” Such would be just the kind of thing we could see and hear Jesus telling the world.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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