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, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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