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Matthew 26:57-58

No Compromise

57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.


It was the preparation day of the Passover, the 14th day of Nisan, the day appointed by God for the preparation and sacrifice of the Passover lambs. On this preparation day, however, the religious leaders were not very concerned about the preparation of the lambs, nor about obeying any of the commandments of God, nor about obeying even their own laws of justice. They were focused on jealousy, hatred, lies, deceit and murder.

The Sanhedrin, composed of the high priest, scribes and elders, was meeting secretly at the home of Caiaphas, rather than at the customary and more public place at the temple. They had already plotted how to kill Jesus, had already conspired with one of His own disciples, and had already planned the method and outcome of His trial.

Yet, God's plan was not hindered, but was fulfilled by their treachery.

The mob that had gone with the Roman soldiers brought Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane, at the foot of the Mount of Olives, into Jerusalem. They would have had to enter in through the sheep gate, which was where the lambs were usually brought to be prepared for the Passover. This group was, however, bringing the Lamb of God to be sacrificed as the final Passover Lamb.

The mob fulfilled the prophecy, "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opens not his mouth." (Isaiah 53:7)

Perhaps Jeremiah was also prophesying this event, as he cried out concerning the plot against him, "But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered." (Jeremiah11:19)

There was another prophecy that was about to be fulfilled, i.e. the one that Jesus had made concerning Peter's three denials. Although Peter had said that he would never forsake his Lord and was even bold enough to stand up and defend Him with a sword, he was now following Him "from afar," from a safe distance. The scripture says that he wanted to see the end, but he sat and socialized with the enemy, while John went into the room with Jesus. The remaining disciples fulfilled their part in the prophecy by running and hiding.

God's people cannot socialize with the enemy. Until Jesus comes to take us to be with Him, we will have to deal with the temptations of the flesh. The flesh is weak and righteousness takes spiritual strength. Righteousness is not contagious, but sin is. Our only dealings with the enemies of God must be for the purpose of calling them to repentance. If we socialize with them, our weaknesses will cause us to be like them. Peter was now setting himself up to act like the heathen and deny his Lord.

Before The Throne:

There is no compromise between sin and righteousness. It is all or nothing at all. Pray for God to expose the areas of your life in which you are compromising your faith. Confess these compromises as sin. Ask Him to help you to overcome the situations that are causing the compromises. Refuse to accept anything less for your life than His righteousness. Commit to seeking His presence and His will in everything you attempt to do.

For Further Study:

(v.57)
Ps 56:5-6; Mr 14:53-54; Lu 22:54-55; Joh 11:49; 18:12-14, 24;

(v.58)
** and went. Joh 18:15-16, 25;

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