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Daily Reading: 2 Samuel 14:1-15:22 ESV, John 18:1-24 ESV, Psalm 119:97-112 ESV, Proverbs 16:8-9 ESV

Daily Verse: “So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?” (John 18:11 ESV)

THEKE (2336): “A place to put something in, a receptacle, chest, case, is used of the “sheath” of a sword.”[i]

Place to put.

Peter, defending Jesus, slices off Malchus’ right ear.  The servant of the high priest came with the religious leaders to arrest Jesus.  Immediately, Jesus heals the offense and reprimands Peter, telling him to put his sword away.  The sheath Peter wears the place to put his weapon.

Things need a place, just like Peter’s sword needed a home.  The sheath protects the sword from the elements, keeping it honed and ready for use.  But the casing also protects Peter from accidentally getting cut by the weapon’s sharp blade.  Much like what happens to us when we place our faith in Jesus.

Place for faith.

Wrestling with the spiritual side of life leads people to one question.  Where do I place my faith?  We need somewhere to put the mysteries of the unknown.  People look for salvation in all types of ways, money, relationships, and religion, to name a few.  Only one path exists for all, Jesus.

Placing faith in Jesus protects us from the enemies’ attacks.  Putting on God’s armor makes us ready for battle, just like Peter’s sword.  Jesus purifies our hearts as we give them to Him, protecting us from ourselves.  Our internal struggles more complicated than the external ones.

Peace comes no other way than through Jesus.  Knowing where to place your faith will lead you to eternal life.  Put your trust in Jesus; let Him lead the way.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 116) Thomas Nelson

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