QT 21/03/2024 Thu. Luke 22. Judas, Peter or other outcomes? 是犹大、彼得,还是其他结果?

QT 21/03/2024 Thu. Luke 22. Judas, Peter or other outcomes? 是犹大、彼得,还是其他结果?

QT 21/03/2024 Thursday READ Luke 22

Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve (Luke 22:3). Satan's attempt to be influential in a person's life cannot be ruled out. Even one of "the Twelve" was not exempt. In fact, Judas "consented" (Luke 22:6), to the chief priests and officers' delight (Luke 22:5). "Money" was involved (Luke 22:5).

APPLICATION (1): Resist the devil. "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world"
(1Peter 5:8-9).

The author of the above verses know too well and wrote those warnings. Peter himself encountered the devil's schemes.

In fact, Jesus revealed to Peter, "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" (Luke 22:31-32). Note:

"Satan has asked" - isn't this a frightening request? Job too had been asked of (Job 1:6-12). "Simon, Simon" emphasises that this is serious.

"Sifting" is an agricultural harvesting process in which wheat is violently shaken in a sieve to separate the chaff (unwanted) from the wheat (wanted).

We do not know the frequency of Satan's attacks but we can resolve not to "consent" to betraying Jesus for personal gains.

APPLICATION (2): Be thankful Jesus has prayed for His disciples, that their faith "may not fail".

APPLICATION (3): Having the attitude of "turning back" in order to "strengthen your brothers" (Luke 22:32) is the best way forward to leave Satan's realm in case we find ourselves already being entangled in it.

APPLICATION (4): Stand firm and receive the kingdom. "You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me" (Luke 22:28-29).

星期四 2024年3月21日 今日读经:路加福音22章. 是犹大、彼得,还是其他结果?