1.  The Context in which Jesus spoke about the sifting of Peter
In the previous post, “What Does It Mean To Be Sifted Like Wheat?” Jesus revealed that satan asked for permission to agitate and toss Peter around in order to cause his faith to fail. 
Our understanding of Jesus’ words will be greatly deepened by exploring the context in which they were spoken.  These are the highlights from Luke 22:
  • The Passover was impending and the chief priests and scribes were becoming desperate in their plots to kill Jesus
  • Satan entered in Judas Iscariot and he collaborated with them on the murder of the Lord. The plan was finalized with Judas being paid 30 pieces of silver to perform the betrayal
  • Jesus sent the disciples to prepare a room in which they could celebrate the Passover, and they did so at the appointed time
  • During the Passover celebration, Lord Jesus prophesied about his impending death and its meaning and also about his betrayal
  • Ironically, the meeting was filled with strife as the disciples jostled with each other to be the greatest
2.  Peter’s impending denial of the Lord  was the sifting to which Jesus referred
Jesus’ words about the sifting of Peter were immediately followed by the prophecy that Peter would deny his Lord before the cock crowed three times. The denial of the Lord was the sifting of which the Lord spoke.
We see that Peter understood fully that the Lord was speaking about satan sifting him  during the period of  the  betrayal and death. We know this because Peter responded to the warning by saying that he was ready to go to prison and die with his Lord.
However, Peter was warned that his self-sufficiency would fail and that he would deny the Lord:
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, SATAN HATH DESIRED/ASKED FOR/BEGGED (aiteō/G154) TO HAVE THEE, that he may sift  ( siniazō/G 4617)  you as wheat
But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren
And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death
And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me  (Luke 22: 31 – 34).
Luke 22 continued to describe Judas’ betrayal, Jesus’ arrest and Peter’s denial of his Lord.   The text says that the Lord turned and looked at Peter when he denied Him. Peter went out of the judgment hall and wept bitterly when he remembered the words of the Lord (Luke 22: 61 & 62).
Scriptures show that he became a broken man, but the Lord later restored him with words of love and compassion. More to come. Blessings, peace, angelic prosperity and protection.

 

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