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?

 

Monday March 7- Trust

Gratitude

Spend five minutes focusing on a couple of things you appreciate and thank God for them.

Mark 14:26-31

Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives. On the way, Jesus told them, “All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.” Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.”Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.” “No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same.

Everyone knows when you are going through awful times in life, you don’t want to be alone. Jesus is testing this out for the rest of us.

First, Judas leaves the Last Supper.

Then Jesus and his friends finish up dinner and then go out singing, Are they going to look up at the stars, or are they going to look down at the lamps and great fires of the Temple? Is it going to be a campout on the Mt. of Olives? We don’t know yet.

Jesus says, “You guys,” the Bible predicts what is going to happen. “You are all going to dump me. But after I am raised from the dead, I’ll see y’all in Galilee.”

There goes a good Passover meal. Thanks for the encouragement Jesus.

Then his best friend speaks up.

They might desert you, but not me buddy! I’ve got your back!

No you don’t have my back, Peter, you are going to abandon me like everyone else. Worse, you’re going to deny you even know me.

What? You’re crazy, Jesus! I will die for you!

Every one of them said the same…

No way they will abandon their friend.

Me

Trust is the most important quality of a healthy relationship. What if you can’t trust anyone? Trust anyway. Who do you need to trust?