John 18 is the passage where Jesus is taken captive in the garden and betrayed by his ‘friend’ Judas. Yet, in the middle of this story is an idea not often spoke about. Peter, in his attempt to stand up for his Lord, draws his sword and cuts off the ear of Malchus. Jesus rebukes Peter for hindering what His Father’s will was to accomplish and then bends down, picks of the cut off ear and puts in back on the head of Malchus….and that is the last we hear of it! That is ludicrous! Malchus and those who came to arrest Jesus, should have bowed down at that moment, having come face to face with the Son of God and the power of the Almighty. Their eyes were blinded and their hearts were hard and their ‘will’ was dead set on one thing, and they clearly missed having a relationship with Jesus the Son of God, because their will got in the way of God’s.
It’s not hard to cast blame on others for their inability to see what we see so clearly, but how often do we miss what God is putting in our path, because our eyes are closed, our hearts are hard and our path is set? Adjustment is always a Great idea when confronted with God’s clear direction for our lives.
John 18: 10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) 26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?”