Why “two” Swords?

Posted: November 1, 2011 in Islam, Jesus Christ
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This is a discussion which comes up from time to time.  Mostly by those who would seek to justify violence in some measure.

 However the question still remains as to why Jesus asked the disciples to buy a sword.

Luke 22: 36 , 38 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take [it], and likewise [his] scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. And they said, Lord, behold, here [are] two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.

The fact that Jesus asked them to buy a sword would suggest they did not have any.  If they did would they know what to do with them?

Now we are told that they obtained TWO swords.  Now that is not a lot of swords to do much with?  What where they intending to do with them.  Now remember we have at least 12 disciples, plus Jesus.  There might well have been more including Mark who wrote the Gospel of Mark.

Moslems would have people believe that Jesus was trying to establish some sort of violent jihad, however trying to start a revolt with just “two swords” between them was just not going to cut much sway.

Can we possibly imagine this band of inexperienced men take on the seasoned Roman guards?  I don’t think so.   So who were they going to fight?

Let’s look at what we have here.

Fishermen:  Give them a net and no problems.

A tax collector:  Give him a tablet and he could tally up things.

There were women: might be able to sew and cook.

To start a revolution  however with just “ two swords” in the hands of inexperienced men?  NO chance!!!  Remember Jesus clearly said “IT IS ENOUGH”,  But enough for what?


To understand this you will have to understand where and when Jesus and the disciples were going too.

The time :  It was night.  In those days  once the sun went down the gates were shut and few ventured outside the city walls

Where were they going: Western edge of the Mount of Olives (Mt 26:30; Mk 14:26; Lk 22:39; Jn 18:1). There in the Garden of Gethsemane as he prays, the disciples fall asleep.

This meant going out of the city walls.  Now today this region has proper roads, paths, sign posts, street lighting and police patrolling the area.  However back then there were no street lights, certainly no nice roads where they were going. No proper policing to provide protection.  The area would have been fairly forested.  Now if that was not bad enough.  We have to remember that on the temple mount there were Levite priests sacrificing day and night.  Now the temple mount is close to the garden of Gethsemane.  The smell of blood and carcasses would have drifted for miles.  It would have drawn wild animals looking for a nice tender bite or two.  Also close by was the valley of Hinnom where many of the dead carcases where said to be dumped.  More like the local rubbish dump.

Animals  that might have been seen within the region : Antelope. Adders.  Bears,  wild dogs, foxes, Gazelle,  lions,  wolfs

Anyone of these possibilities existed.

So the need for swords would have been for personal protection.  Now we know Jesus separated himself a short distance to pray whilst the others congregated.  Unlike today the area was far more forested than the few remaining trees that now exist.  So we have the darkness of night, Forested glade, On the side of a mountain,  A short distance from the temple mount. The only candle light might have been the torches which they carried.

Luke 22: 49- When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.

John 18: 11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?

Math 26: 52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword

Now when Peter decided to chop someone’s ear off, Jesus healed it.  He made it very clear that those who take up the sword to fight will perish with the sword.  So it would seem rather strange then that Jesus would rebuke Peter if he intended his disciples to actually fight with them.

Jhn 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

Jesus even reinforces this issue by stating that his kingdom was going to take on a very different perspective that the present physical kingdoms that existed at that time.  This was not going to be another Roman empire, established along physical boundaries.  The Kingdom Jesus was going to established would encompass the world.  There was to be no boundaries and no limitations.  His kingdom was no longer of this world, but the world that was to come and that all nations and people were to become part of this one new nation.  The irony cannot be missed that Islam tries to establish itself on the very antipathy of this Gospel.  Christianity stands on the crucifixion, Islam on the rejection of the crucifixion.  The gospel on the reality that God commendeth his LOVE whilst we were still sinners. Allah only loves those who love him.  One is unconditional love and the other is conditional.  In the Bible we see God stretching out his hand to save the lost and reconcile the sinner.  However in the Koran no such mercy or grace is extended.  Allah only loves those who obey his prophet Muhammad and allah.   This type of Love is very conditional.

Allah almighty said: If My servant loves to meet Me, I love to meet him, and if he hates to meet Me, I hate to meet him.” (Al- Bukhari)

This may well be why Moslems just don’t understand the cross.  It was completly sacrificial.  In so far that God commended himself long before anyone thought about reciprocating that love.

1Jo 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love

Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Tts 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

1Jo 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.

It was not ” I will only die for you if you love me” but  GOD COMMENDED HIS LOVE before we even knew God .  God did not wait for our response, he choose to give freely of himself.  He did not wait for my obedience but gave his through his son Jesus Christ.  He did not wait until man became good, but choose to share his goodness with us.  God did not wait until we cleaned up our act and become righteous, rather he decided to act and give us his.




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