LIFEhouse God Time-Thursday- Lies: Our Antidote for Fear

Mark 14:68-70 

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.

Me

The next time you have the urge to lie, think about why you need to lie. What is a better way?

LIFEhouse God Time: MYOB

Mark 14:66-67

Meanwhile, Peter was in the courtyard below. One of the servant girls who worked for the high priest came by and noticed Peter warming himself at the fire. She looked at him closely and said, “You were one of those with Jesus of Nazareth.”

When’s the last time you wanted to say to someone, “MYOB?” “Mind your own business? It does seem that there are certain people who just have to know everything about you. Or who are always rubbing you the wrong way. It doesn’t take long for someone to irritate. In fact, it can be a stranger who quickly becomes, “That guy.”

Or that gal…

When the servant girl starts questioning Peter, that’s the last thing he needs. Caiaphas and all his other cronies are sworn enemies of Jesus. By default, they are going to be Peter’s enemies, as well. So, you might say Peter is right the middle of the enemy camp.

But, why should Peter care? This is not someone who would normally strike fear into your heart. A servant girl? She is at the low end of the power grid in Bible times.  A woman and a servant.

Yes, but, there is a another side to this. With all that is happening around Peter, he is creeped out that the servant girl is getting a little close. Notice even the scripture says, “She looked at him closely…”

She is attentive, to be sure. Sticking her nose in Peter’s business. Even staring at him. But, she’s not scary. Why would Peter be worried? She has no clout. Besides, if they had wanted to arrest Peter they would have done so along with Jesus.

But, tired, lonely, stressing big time…

Me

The next time someone is bugging you, think about the last time you were bugging someone else. Does that make a difference?