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Joined: 2010/7/12
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To me this little portion by Charles Leiter on this subject was quite helpful.


 2013/2/2 10:29Profile

Joined: 2004/5/17
Posts: 235


Ginnyrose wrote: "And then what happened?"

They fell asleep...

But more to the point after Malchus' ear was severed, ".. Jesus said to Peter, 'Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?'" (John 18:11)

Notice that Peter was instructed to sheath his sword, not get rid of it entirely. There is a time for war and a time for peace (Eccl 3:8). At this particular moment in time, taking up arms could have distracted from God's plan.

If Jesus had wanted to state empahtically that passive non-resistance was for all men at all times, this would have been a perfect opportunity to say as much. The context for why Peter was to sheath his sword is the key to the interpretation.

Grace and peace,


 2013/2/2 11:49Profile

Joined: 2009/4/5
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Joplin, Missouri


When Peter went to Cornelius, he did not tell Cornelius to forsake his role as a Roman Centurion. Cornelius, it is said, was a righteous man. This is one example that comes to my mind right away.


 2013/2/2 20:22Profile

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