LIFEhouse God Time-Thursday- Lies: Our Antidote for Fear
But Peter denied it. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said, and he went out into the entryway. Just then, a rooster crowed.
When the servant girl saw him standing there, she began telling the others, “This man is definitely one of them!” But Peter denied it again.
A little later some of the other bystanders confronted Peter and said, “You must be one of them, because you are a Galilean.”
The people in the courtyard are probably all from Jerusalem. These are the high society folks. Galilee, however, is considered Hicksville. To be from Galilee is what you would call back woods. They dress differently than the Judeans. Galilean’s speak with an accent. Galileans probably think the people of Jerusalem speak with an accent, but that’s not the point. The point is, if Peter would only have kept quiet in the first place, accent or not.
But, that’s not Peter.
He acts impulsively.
He drops his fishing net and jumps in the water to follow Jesus.
He jumps in the water again later. Well, not in the water, but he walks on the water for a bit, just like his master.
And of course, his latest impulse action is to slice of a guy’s ear. But, Peter also speaks impulsively.
Or at least that is what Jesus thinks. More than once, Jesus has had to tell Peter, “You don’t know what you are talking about.”
And now, how ironic for Peter to be using those same words with the servant girl and the crowd.
“I don’t know what you are talking about.”
O, O, here we go.
The trouble with lying is, once you lie, you keep on lying. Lying is the language of fear.
And one of the greatest fears is getting caught. We learn that from day one.
You don’’t want to get in trouble? Just lie. That will do the trick. And if the first time it doesn’t work, lie some more. Young children are expert liars.
Parents correct their lying tendencies. but it doesn’t always get better.
For many children, when they grow into adults the lying doesn’t stop. Just pay attention to the news on any given day. The fear of getting caught. Lies, lies, and more lies.
For impetuous Peter, there is going to be a reckoning. He starts denying he knows Jesus and a rooster crows. It doesn’t matter. Once the lies start, Peter blows right by the prophesy.
“I don’t know what you are talking about,” even though they are talking about his best friend.
The next time you have the urge to lie, think about why you need to lie. What is a better way?