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John 18:4

“Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon Him, went forth and said unto them, Whom seekest thou?”

Jesus had turned His attention to Jerusalem some weeks earlier and began His ascent to the city for the purpose of His death. He told the disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, He must suffer many things at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised again on the third day (Matt.16:21). Peter, who had just been given, by the Spirit of Truth, the revelation that, “Thou art the Christ the Son of the Living God’, then took Jesus aside and rebuked Him. The natural man did not receive what the Spirit proclaimed and the man Peter became the advisory of the Anointed and attempted to dissuade Him from His appointed work. Jesus calls him the advisory and said he was an offense to the things of God. Had Peter ‘lost his salvation’? Had he committed the ‘unpardonable sin’? God forbid! He demonstrated that “in me, that is in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing”.

When the time came to pass, Jesus entered into Jerusalem in fulfillment of the words of the prophets Hosea 3:4,"For the children of Israel shall abide for many days without an king and without a prince and without a sacrifice and without an image and without an ephod and teraphim” and Zechariah 9:9, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold thy King cometh unto thee; He is just, having salvation, lowly and riding upon colt the foal of an ass”. The people greeted Him as a king, expecting Him to overthrow the present government and establish the Kingdom of Israel as it was under Solomon. They looked for world dominance, power and opulence as Messiah sat upon David’s throne. Sound familiar?

Now in the upper room, Jesus eats the passover sedar, washes the feet of the disciples, proclaims that there is a traitor and identifies him by giving him the sop and no one understands. When Judas goes out, at the commandment of God in the fullness of time, they think he is going to pay the bill or make a contribution to the poor. They are still looking for the earthly kingdom and when Jesus says that all will forsake Him that evening, Peter first and then the others object saying, “Though all shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus said unto him, verily I say unto you that this night, before the cock shall crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Peter said unto Him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples” (Matt.26:33). They were even more ready when He told them that they should sell their garment and buy a sword. Then one said, here are two swords and Jesus said, that is sufficient. Ever wonder where these swords came from? Other than the revenuer, Levi, none of these poor fisherman carried swords. Maybe a filet knife to clean fish or mend lines but not a butcher’s knife with either a straight or curved blade that was held in a sheath. The answer is found in Make 14:15 when Jesus tells them to follow the man with the pitcher of water to the room “furnished and prepared”. All things necessary were present from the implements for the supper to the two swords. Peter of course has one sword and when the other 8 disciples are told to wait and Jesus take Peter, James and John with Him, Peter thinks he is there to protect Him. His intention and preconceived notions have no idea what is about to transpire. After falling asleep twice, since Messiah needed no one to watch over Him or to help Him pray, with Judas, his throng of rowdies and their torches, staves and weapons, Jesus doers not wait for them, but like the sheep to the slaughter, He goes to meet them. “Whom seekest thou?” He asks and when He invokes the name ‘Jehovah’ they all down backwards at the sound of His name. Peter sees this, the power of the Word of God, and after Jesus asks a second time, “Whom seek ye?” Peter draws one of the swords and cuts off the servant of the high priest’s ear. Not just any ear but his right ear. Ever wonder why the right ear? If one has a sword in his right hand and he strikes and opponent in his right ear, unless he approaches from the rear and strikes upwards, he would have a difficult time cutting off the right ear. Especially since Peter was not trained in edged weapon warfare. He was a fisherman and had not been attacked by to many mobs of angry fish in his experience.

The right ear of Aaron and his sons was anointed first with blood (along with the thumb on the right hand and the great toe) to consecrate them for the work of the ministry in the service of the tabernacle (Ex. 29:30). The ‘bringer of light’ and His children were consecrated for to work in the temple with the exalted (ram) blood and then anointed for that work with the oil, (compare Zech. 6:12 & 13).

The other reference to the right ear is found in Lev. 14 when one is cleansed of leprosy. Once the plague has been purged and he is clean, the blood of the trespass offering, the blood of the lamb and the oil are again applied to the right ear, the right thumb and the great toe, when he is clean.

Two beautiful illustrations of the child of grace first ordained as the eternal seed to be in observance of the commandments and statutes of the Lord forever and sealed accordingly and then, after becoming partakers of this earthen vessel corrupted by sin, washed in the blood of the lamb and anointed as clean.

So when Peter cut off the servant of the high priests right ear, God displayed that those who were, the servants of the ministration of death, can never be attendants in His Temple. Since the name of this servant was Malchus, which is the Greek derivation of the Hebrew, Meleck, or king, those who re of the god of this world, the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience, have no right, nor part nor memorial for they have no place for the blood to be applied. They cannot be cleansed they cannot come unto the altar in the heavenly sanctuary not made with hands and they cannot be anointed.

In another clear display of His majesty and command over all that was transpiring, Jesus reached forth and healed the man’s ear. He did not make him whole, as some might speculate, giving him a chance at redemption but rather He healed the wound.

“Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God”

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes