Peter’s Lesson – Word of God Speak Linkup

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.

Peter's Lesson
Watercolour Painting by Janis Cox

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.

Peter’s Lesson:

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)

Peter's lesson
Watercolour by Janis Cox

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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  1. Beautiful message and pictures, Janis! I hadn’t thought about many of these perspectives in Peter’s story, and I enjoyed how we can apply this to our lives and not live in fear. Thanks for hosting and Happy Easter!

    1. Happy Easter to you too Kelly,
      I hope you enjoy using the S.I.M.P.L.E. Method of Bible Study. I am in the process of getting ready to publish an adult colouring book/Bible Study using my method.

  2. Thank you for this, for your honesty and the SIMPLE plan. I struggle with fear of using and developing my talents, but I love your approach and I’m listening. I’m thanking God today for this new connection with you. Much love and thanks, Hanna

  3. I could identify with a couple of things in your post which I thought was a good look at this section of Scripture. How I move out of fear and then think of all the should haves. This was very good, Janis.
    Have a Blessed Easter

  4. I love the watercolor of the rooster, and it’s such a lovely reminder that to stay true to Jesus takes dependence on Him. Truly, without Him we can do nothing.

    1. Elizabeth,
      Thanks for the compliment. I love bright colours. I think our lives need to be as bright for Christ, right?
      Blessings and Happy Easter,

  5. I think Peter had both “chicken” and “lion” in him, since, like you said, Janis, he stayed when the rest of the disciples ran. Of course, fear ended up overruling his courage, but I’m sure that defining moment with Jesus drove Peter to be bold like a lion later on in his life. Great passage to study, Janis and as always I appreciate you sharing your thoughts with all of us.

    1. Beth,
      I can so relate to Peter – some things I am so chicken about and others so bold. Now to take a step and be bold about more.

  6. That rooster is so handsome!
    Your words about Peter remind me of a favorite poem by Luci Shaw that I try to look at every year around this time. It’s called Judas, Peter and the point of it is that the difference between their outcomes (even tho’ both turned against Jesus) is that Peter “found grace to cry and wait” — which we all need, for we all fail Him in our own way. I actually just found the poem (googled it) on someone’s blog, so here’s the link (it’s short) in case you’re interested:

  7. Hello, Janice and I enjoyed reading your post. I connected with praying and spending time with God in silence then writing about your thoughts. This is one of my methods also and has helped me share in His spirit and not in my personal intelligence. Thanks for expressing your faith in God and may Christ’s peace be with you and your family always.

I love to connect with you.

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