Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 9, 2019

“AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 18:15-18 and John 18:25-27.

“Simon Peter was following Jesus, and so was another disciple.  Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered with Jesus into the court of the high priest, but Peter was standing at the door outside.  So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the doorkeeper, and brought Peter in.  Then the slave-girl who kept the door *said to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?”  He *said, “I am not.”  Now the slaves and the officers were standing there, having made a charcoal fire, for it was cold and they were warming themselves;  and Peter was also with them, standing and warming himself.

Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself.  So they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?”  He denied it, and said, “I am not.”  One of the slaves of the high priest, being a relative of the one whose ear Peter cut off, *said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?”  Peter then denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed.”  John 18:15-18 and John 18:25-27.

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John’s account of Peter’s denials in today’s Scripture does not contain the details that Matthew’s account of Peter’s denials in Matthew 26:69-75 does.

Matthew may have wanted to emphasize the depth of Peter’s denials and the depth of Peter’s sorrow.  “…  And immediately a rooster crowed.  And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, “Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”  And he went out and wept bitterly.”  Matthew 26:74-75.

In comparison, John may have wanted to emphasize God’s forgiveness by not containing the details of Peter’s denials.

(As a side note, this may be all the remarkable if that “other disciple” in today’s Scripture was John.  If so, John would have had the motivation to add more detail considering that he was nearby Peter at the time of Peter’s denials.  We are tempted to make someone else look bad so that we look better in comparison.  But, in sharp contrast, “He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.”  Proverbs 17:9.)

In any event, where or not John was that “other disciple”, today’s Scripture at least causes us to meditate on the following Scriptures which are consistent with such lack of detail by John in his account of Peter’s denials.

“I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I did not hide;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”;
And You forgave the guilt of my sin.  Selah.”  Psalm 32:5.

“As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”  Psalm 103:12.

“AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS
I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.”  Hebrews 10:17.


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