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“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”

Luke 22:31-34

Thought

On the night Jesus was betrayed, Peter was perplexed, not knowing what to do. Jesus said to him, "Simon, Simon, Satan wants to have you and has asked to sift you as wheat." Peter said to the Lord, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death." Jesus looked at Peter, thinking that Peter had not gone astray, neither had he departed from the Lord and his words, and that he was just lacking faith. He said to him, "I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me." Matthew: This night, you (who follow me) will all be turned away from me. Jesus knew in advance that Peter would deny three times that he knew Jesus. Note the two terms: "being sifted" and "fall". Jesus, however, said to Peter: "But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail." This sentence has the meaning of pastoral care and counseling. Jesus pointed out to the disciples that Satan wanted to knock them down, to have them, to sift them as wheat; having separated them, some of them would be brought down and they would be split up and become weak, as only a few of them would be left behind. Satan shook the Lord's followers, wanting to have those who were about to fall.

Prayer

O Lord, please help us. We need to trust you all the more when we think that we stand firm in the faith. Please don't let us boast about ourselves, as we need to rely on your strength in everything. Amen
Rev. Eddie Chu

主又說:「西門,西門!撒但要得著你們,好篩你們像篩麥子一樣;32但我已經為你祈求,使你不至於失了信心。你回頭以後,要堅固你的弟兄。」

路加福音 22:31-34

思想

主耶穌被賣那一刻,彼得當時心情茫然不知所措,耶穌對彼得說:西門,西門!撒但要得著你們,好篩你們像篩麥子一樣,彼得對主說「主啊,我已準備好要同你坐牢,與你同死。」 耶穌望著彼得,心裏想彼得不是走上歪路上,他不是離經叛道,沒有背棄信仰的念頭,但彼得就是信心不堅定的,耶穌對他說:「彼得,我告訴你,今日雞還沒有叫,你要三次說不認得我。」,馬太:今夜,你們(跟隨我的)為我的緣故都要跌倒。在關鍵時刻三次不認主,這點主耶穌早就預知了。 「被篩、跌倒」, 但主已經為你祈求,使彼得不至於失了信心。這句話有牧顧的含意。 耶穌指出撒但要拆毁你們,想要得着你們,當篩麥子一樣把你們篩走,分開你們後,有人被牠搞垮,分化,令你們所餘無幾,勢單力薄。撒旦要摇動主的跟隨者,想奪去站不穩腳的人。

禱告

主啊,求你幫助我們,當我們自以為堅定不移的時候,更需要倚靠袮;不讓我們自誇,而是凡事靠主得力,阿們
朱裕文 牧師
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