Examining a Contradiction: Luke 22:36-38, and John 18:10-11

Examining a Contradiction: Luke 22:36-38, and John 18:10-11

There are many verses that some say are contradictions in the Bible. In this case it is in Jesus’s instructions to the disciples to buy swords, and then to Peter to put away his sword.

In Luke 22:36-28, Jesus says: But nowtake your money and a traveler’s bag. And if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one! For the time has come for this prophecy about me to be fulfilled: ‘He was counted among the rebels.’ Yes, everything written about me by the prophets will come true.”

Later, in John 18:11 (and in Matthew 26:51-54), Jesus says: “Put your sword back into its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me?”

These two verses can easy be misunderstood as contradictions. However, they are not. His first instruction (to purchase swords for defense) was a warning to the disciples about the struggles they would endure, and the persecution they would have to defend themselves against. The reason why Jesus then told Peter to put away his sword was because Peter was attempting to prevent Christ’s death. Christ didn’t want Peter to try and stop it, because it is His purpose to die on the cross, that way He could rise again three days later. He only told them to get swords that way they may protect themselves and others against the coming persecution they would have to endure for following Christ.

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