Right-handed Peter

Clearly, Simon Peter was right-handed.

Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. (John 18:10, AMP)

Did you catch that? Peter cut off Malchus’ right ear! This would be impossible for a left-handed man. If Peter had been left-handed, he would have cut off the man’s left ear. Any mystery buff knows this.

What does that matter in the scheme of things? Well, it might explain Peter a bit.

Right-handed people score higher in intelligence tests, but they don’t see as many creative solutions to problems. That explains the missing ear, the missing ear that kept following Peter.

One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter cut off, said, did I not see you in the garden with Him? (John 18:26, AMP)

When Peter denied Jesus here, might he also have been thinking of the consequences of being in the same place as a relative who might be looking for revenge for that missing ear?

No matter. The results were the same.

And again Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed. (John 18:27, AMP)

We might deny the Christ for our own ‘missing ear’ reasons, but the result is the same.

Prayer – Father God, give us strength and the courage that we might never deny the Christ, no matter what ‘missing ears’ are in our life. Amen

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