A Game of Simon Says

Simon said, “I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” 

What an awesome thing to say, it was fearless and fiercely loyal.

Then Messiah said, “Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.”

Sifting was done by repeatedly beating the wheat with a stick. The process loosened the outer husks so they separated from the wheat. Then, it was tossed in the air so the wind could blow away the chaff.

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The sifting process: are the wheat or the chaff?

Jesus was saying that Satan was going to, metaphorically, beat Simon with a stick to see what he was made of, to see if he too would just blow away. 

Simon said, “I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”

Messiah said, “Peter, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”

I Believe Peter

He was willing to die for his Rabbi. Here is the evidence:

“Then Simon, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant,”

That happened in Gethsemane when Jesus was arrested. But then, it all changed.

“Put your sword away.”

When he had to surrender his sword and watch Jesus go willingly with the soldiers, his world turned upside down.

“You are not one of his disciples are you?” the girl asked Peter. “I am not.” 

The fearless apostle became a frightened betrayer. Simon was being sifted, that was the first of his three denials.

Was he chaff or was he wheat?

For Us

We relate to Simon. We can fearlessly defend our Lord and we can fearfully deny him. It’s about the situation and how Satan sifts us. But here’s the question,

Are we chaff or are we wheat?

To Close

Jesus also said to Simon Peter:

“But I have prayed for you Simon, that your faith will not fail. And when you turn back, strengthen your brothers.” 

Jesus knew Simon would deny him.

He also knew Simon would return and help his brothers.

What Does Jesus know about us?

Shalom

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