Daily Bible Reading – 3.26.2021

Rev. Ben Lovell   -  
Daily Bible Reading – 3.26.2021:
Mark 14:66-72 (NIV) – While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him.
“You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.
But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.
When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” Again he denied it.
After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”
He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”
Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
Pastor Doug’s Comments:
Peter thought he was incognito in the courtyard, but a servant girl of the high priest recognized him as being with Jesus. Evidently, she was part of the mob who had gone out to arrest Jesus. What might be shocking to us is that the high priest had servants. The Roman Empire at the time was known to have two-thirds of its population as slaves.
Another shocker is what negative messages this girl might have learned about God from her master, the high priest. Is it any wonder what Jesus taught earlier, “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea?” (Mark 9:42)
Peter felt threatened by the girl’s question and quickly denied her claims. He walked away. But the girl was persistent and spoke to the others that he was “one of them.” Again, he refused to own his association with Jesus.
Then others heard Peter’s Galilean accent which made it unmistakable that he had to be “one of them.”
Peter denied Jesus a third time by calling down curses and swearing he did not know what they were talking about. His denials grew in intensity until he was willing to curse and swear in a desperate attempt to avoid all association with Jesus.
Then he heard the worst possible sound that awakened his memory to what Jesus had predicted and what he had promised would never happen. The rooster crowed a second time. Peter was instantly convicted of his horrific sin. Because he loved Jesus and realized what he had done, he bitterly wept over having denied having any association with his Friend. If we have ever sinned in such an egregious way, we, too, know the painful remorse he experienced.
Questions To Consider/Discuss:
What’s the evidence that we are “one of them?” Have we been spotted hanging out with Jesus? Do we talk like Jesus? Do we act like Jesus? Are we taking an unashamed stand for Jesus in all circles of life?