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MARK 14:26-31 The Prophecy of Peter’s Denial

by Dr. D ~ November 26th, 2006

After finishing their meal with a hymn, Jesus and his disciples left to spend the rest of the night on the Mount of Olives. Rather than going back to Bethany for the night (it was undoubtedly late by that time), they opted to camp in Jerusalem among the trees on the mount. 

Probably along the way, Jesus tells them that soon all of them would leave him and scatter.  He is quoting Zechariah 13:7.  However, he also says that they will meet again in Galilee after his resurrection.  This kind of conversation had to be confusing to them.   First of all, none of them were thinking about leaving, and the veiled reference to meeting again after he was ‘raised up’ would not have been meaningful to them in the context of that evening.  All of the disciples deny here that they are going to let Jesus down, particularly Peter.  

Peter had enough of the ‘betrayal’ talk at the supper; here he boldly states that even if all the others take off, he’s going to stick it out with Jesus.  Boldness can be a virtue at times.  However, the Gospel of Luke (22:24-30) tells us that the twelve were arguing over who was the greatest among them, just before this.  So Peter’s ‘boldness’ here probably comes from pride.  Peter was emphatic:  “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” 

Jesus tells Peter: “Truly, I tell you, (When Jesus says ‘truly’, it is always as good as done) this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”  As we shall see, it wasn’t long before this prophecy was fulfilled.

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