In the previous post I showed how Peter’s actions verified the truth found in Psalm 1, albeit in a negative way. Sometimes it seems like Peter always gets the bad rap. And, well, honestly, sometimes it is deserved. While studying for the next study guide on the Last Supper, I came across this interaction between Jesus and Peter.
Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of Me this night, for it is written, ‘I WILL STRIKE DOWN THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP OF THE FLOCK SHALL BE SCATTERED.’ But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” (Matthew 26:31–32, NASB)
The key words in those verses are “for it is written.” Jesus is telling the disciples about a prophecy from the Old Testament. Not only is this a fact, this is something foretold in ancient times that will certainly happen.
How does Peter respond?
But Peter said to Him, “Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away.” (Matthew 26:33, NASB)
Apparently, Peter did not think that scripture applied to him, just everyone else. So, Jesus adds some emphasis to the truth. Not only will everyone fall away, but specifically for you, Peter …
Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you that this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” (Matthew 26:34, NASB)
At this point we have the certainty of scripture and the word of Jesus telling Peter exactly what was about to happen. How do you think Peter responded? You’re right!!
Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.” All the disciples said the same thing too. (Matthew 26:35, NASB)
We all know how the rest of the evening went for Peter and the others. You should not argue with scripture and with Jesus. And, yet, sadly we do. Somehow, just like Peter we think the God’s commands apply to everyone “except me.” It’s another good warning from Peter’s life.