Peter’s Lesson – Word of God Speak Linkup
This week as I looked at the verses Mark 14:66-72 during the sixth week of Lent I learned Peter’s Lesson.
We are using the S.I.M.P.L.E. Method of Bible Study to study this passage.
S – Say the passage out loud: Check other versions.
Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept (Mark 14:72, NIV).
I – Interpretation – Check footnotes, references and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?
The other Gospels give this report as well. Matthew 22:69-75, Luke 22:55-62, and John 18:15-27.
Jesus is called Jesus the Nazarene because he came from Nazareth (Mark 1:24)
Jesus tells Peter what will happen – that Peter will deny Him three times before the cock crows twice (Mark 14:30).
When Jesus had been arrested and they were interrogating Him, Peter was in the courtyard below with Judeans. They heard his accent and knew he was a Galilean and accused him of being a follower of Jesus. He denied that three times.
Denial – in psychology: a condition in which someone will not admit that something sad, painful, etc. is true or real.
M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.
What did Peter learn? He gained new found strength through prayer and the Holy Spirit. He became the pillar of the early church.
God uses our failures, problems and circumstances to grow us and to teach us to help others. He can turn us around. He can change us.
When He becomes our Rock, we can have the strength, vision, and power than only God can give.
Peter was weak and afraid. He had not prayed. He had fallen asleep while Jesus was arrested. (Mark 14:38).
But he did not runaway as others did. After he heard Jesus’ words in his mind when the cock crowed, he wept. He was overcome with remorse.
How often have I thought the “should haves”?
Probably too many times. Praising God for His grace and patience with me.
The Lord penetrated Peter’s heart.
Even though we may deny Christ or disobey His Words, He forgives us and gives us a chance to work for His glory.
P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak. When you have finished writing all your thoughts, questions and ideas then take time for prayer.
L- Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).
I heard God talk about FEAR.
- I remembered how I used to control my children (through my fear of something happening to them). I wanted to be sure they were safe. But I smothered them.
- I remembered that I held back from pursuing my passion to paint because I didn’t think I would be good enough.
- I remembered that I hadn’t done any podcasting or video because I felt too shy and didn’t think I could do it.
BUT: Then I remembered Peter’s Lesson – do it anyway, fearful or not.
- I remembered how I spoke up against gossiping at the curling club.
- I remembered I did start to podcast at Hope Stream Radio
- I remembered that I did start to paint seriously and really enjoy it.
I heard God say, “Foxes chase chickens. Do you want to be a chicken or a lion?” (tweet this)
E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.
Father, thank You for helping me push past my fear. Thank You for helping me try new experiences and speak out for You. Continue to guide me in this way. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
What about you? Have you fallen away from trusting Jesus completely? If you fell away and then came back tell me your story.
I would love your thoughts about my post on Wednesday – about the importance of Daily Bible reading.
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