Monday, October 22, 2012

Don't let Peter Cut off Your Ear

John 18:10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.

The Bible is truly amazing. It was originally written in Greek (New Testament) and Hebrew (Old Testament). The Bible has been translated into many languages, including English. Using a Bible dictionary such as Strong's Greek and Hebrew dictionary can take your Bible study to a completely new level.

The meaning of every name in Scripture gives deeper revelation. The Scripture at the top of this post is a great example. This verse mentions three names---Simon, Peter, and Malchus. According to Strong's Dictionary, Simon means, "Give attention to"*, and the name Peter means, "Piece of stone"*. Since the Ten Commandments were written on pieces of stone, the name Peter is synonymous with the Ten Commandments. When you put the name Simon in front of it, it becomes, "Give attention to the Commandments".

Malchus was a servant of the high priest. According to Hebrews 3:1, Jesus is our High Priest whom we serve. The name Malchus means, "King"*. According to Revelation 1:6, as believers we are Kings. Malchus is synonymous of the born-again believer.

When we define the names, the verse tells us, "giving our attention to the commandments, carries a sword that will cut off our ear to hear." I have heard that sin separates us from God. Although this is true without sacrifice, Jesus dealt with sin once-and-for-all! If we believe sin separates us, we will not hear God. God talks to us continually---whether we sin or not. If we do not understand this, when we sin, we will not realize He is still present and we will ignore His fellowship.

I stay connected to God no matter what. The Ten Commandments reveal my need for His strength. In my weaknesses, He shows His strength. Hanging out with God is how I connect to His power. I need His power to break the bondage of sin.

The most important gift the cross provided was a personal connection with God. God created friends; it only makes sense that He can be the most awesome friend we can have. Hanging out with a friend like this will cause you to sin a lot less!

Be Blessed.

* Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, copyright 1890 by JAMES STRONG, MADISON, NJ. Strong’s numbers, Simon-G4613-H8095- H8085,  Peter-G4074, Malchus-G3124-H4429

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