I am led to do more on the Gospel of Luke chapter 22. Please seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name. Amen. There is an old saying that goes like this. "The devil made me do it." Let's read on....
Let's look at Luke 22:21-2321 But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!23 And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.
The apostles were getting ready for the feast of the Passover. Jesus and His disciples were in the upper room. They were eating what is known as The Last Supper. Jesus said, "behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table." We know that Jesus was referring to what Judas was going to do. But we need to look for deeper meaning to who Jesus was speaking of. The "hand" of him that betrayeth me. Luke 22:3 3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. Judas allowed Satan to enter into him. Judas fulfilled the devils work by betraying Jesus and turning Him over to the officers. We also betray Jesus when we are not truly walking with Him.
Let's look at the words Jesus spoke to Peter in Matthew 16:22-2422 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
We see Peter was rebuking what Jesus was speaking to them. Peter was allowing his flesh to get in the way. Jesus then said to Peter, "Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God but those that be of men." There is that good ole' flesh getting in the way again, "the devil made me do it." Let's read on to what Jesus says, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself" Folks, Judas did not deny himself nor did Peter. They were acting and speaking out with their own fleshly desires and will. We must look at this next words closely, "and take up his cross, and follow me."
Folks, there is a spiritual warfare going on inside of us. When Jesus said to the disciples," the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table" We need to look at our table. Who are we feeding folks? Who's will are we fulfilling Jesus or Satan's? Are you doing the word of Jesus or Satan? You can't be pleasing both. There is only one Master.
Let's go on and see what Jesus said about serving the two. Luke 22:28-3128 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
Jesus speaking with his disciples said, " And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on the thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel." Then said Jesus to Peter, " Simon, Simon behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat" Jesus knew that Peter was going to deny Him. Peter did not know this. Let's look at verse 32 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Jesus was praying for Peter. Amen?!? Jesus then said, " and when thou are converted, strengthen thy brethren." Jesus knew Peter would be born again and follow Him. Amen!?!?
Let's read the next verses 38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.39 And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.
40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
Jesus told the disciples to pray that they don't fall into temptation. This temptation is spiritual warfare. As Peter denied Jesus three times. This is what Jesus was speaking of when He said the two swords would be enough. It was symbolic. They had never had weapons they did not need them. The two swords were symbolic of the spiritual warfare. Amen?!?! This is why Jesus said, "It is enough."
We too need the sword = prayer that we do not fall into temptation. Amen?!?!? Jesus told Peter, "I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not" Amen?!?!
We cannot be over comers trying to make it on our own righteousness. We will and have failed. We must repent and be born again and follow Jesus. We cannot have two masters as we will serve only one. Which master are you serving? The answer to this can be found by looking at your table. Amen!?!? When one says the devil made me do it, there is truth to that. The devil that lives within you made you do it because you were serving him.
In Jesus name with love,