Jesus’s Disciples Have Two Swords; They Carried Weapons

Jesus’s Disciples Have Two Swords; They Carried Weapons

In the Bible, Dr. Luke records the scene: Jesus is eating his final meal with his followers. He is sharing some parting words when he makes a perplexing remark about buying swords. His disciples matter-of-factly reply that they have two swords.

Did you catch that? Jesus’ disciples carry swords.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never envisioned Jesus’ band of followers as wielding weapons. Although I’ve seen many paintings of them, along with many more movies, never once did I notice a disciple with a saber strapped at his waist. The whole idea seems a bit shocking, yet at a time when Jesus tells them to get a sword, they already have two swords.

If I were picking people to start a spiritual movement with, I’d certainly eliminate anyone brandishing a blade.

Yet, Jesus’ criteria is different. He accepts his followers as they are—with issues, baggage, problem—and with two swords.

[Read through the Bible with us this year. Today’s reading is Luke 22-24, and today’s post is on Luke 22:35-38.]

Read more about the book of Luke in Dear Theophilus: A 40-Day Devotional Exploring the Life of Jesus through the Gospel of Luke now available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of manmade traditions and practices. Read more in his blog, books, and personal weekly email updates.

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