The Convergence of the Hedge Removed & the Hour Arriving

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel narrative of the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ as it is was written and recorded by John Mark—a traveling companion of the apostle Paul as well as Barnabas. More specifically, today’s passage is found in verses twenty-seven through fifty three of this New Testament book. “And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee. But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all” (Mark 14:27-31).

            “And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; and saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless ont what I will, but what thou wilt. And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? Couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (For their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him. And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, The Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand” (Mark 14:32-42).

            “And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him. And they laid their hands on him, and took him. And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me? I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled. And they all forsook him, and fled. And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him: and he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked” (Mark 14:43-52).

            ALL YE SHALL BE OFFENDED BECAUSE OF ME THIS NIGHT! ONE OF YOU SHALL BETRAY ME! THIS DAY, EVEN IN THIS NIGHT, BEFORE THE COCK CROW TWICE, THOU SHALT DENY ME THRICE! OFFENSE! BETRAYAL! DENIAL! OFFENDED BECAUSE OF CHRIST AND SCATTERING! OFFENDED BECAUSE OF CHRIST AND FLEEING! OFFENDED BECAUSE OF CHRIST AND DEPARTING! BETRAYING JESUS FOR MONEY! BETRAYING JESUS INTO THE HANDS OF HIS ENEMIES AND ADVERSARIES! OFFENDED DISCIPLES! BETRAYING DISCIPLES! DENYING DISCIPLES! WHEN IT CAME TO BETRAYING JESUS THE DISCIPLES ASKED THEMSELVES, SAYING, “IS IT I?” WHEN JESUS DECLARED UNTO THE DISCIPLES THEY WOULD ALL BE OFFENDED BECAUSE OF HIM, SIMON WOULD DECLARE THAT ALTHOUGH ALL BE OFFENDED, YET WOULD HE NOT! WHEN IT CAME TO BETRAYING CHRIST ALL THE DISCIPLES ASKED IF IT WOULD OR COULD BE THEM! WHEN IT CAME TO BEING OFFENDED BECAUSE OF CHRIST THEY ALL SAID THEY WERE WILLING TO GO TO PRISON AND EVEN DIE WITH HIM!

            SIMON COULDN’T WATCH AND PRAY! SIMON DREW THE SWORD IN THE GARDEN! SIMON DENIED THE LORD JESUS! “SIMON, SIMON, SATAN HATH ASKED THAT HE MIGHT HAVE YOU THAT HE MIGHT SIFT YOU AS WHEAT, BUT I HAVE PRAYED FOR YOU THAT YOUR FAITH MIGHT NOT FAIL!” SATAN ASKED TO HAVE SIMON JUST AS HE ASKED FOR PERMISSION TO TOUCH EVERYTHING JOB HAD! SATAN ASKED TO HAVE SIMON JUST AS HE ASKED FOR PERMISSION TO STRETCH FORTH HIS HAND UPON THE PHYSICAL BODY OF JOB!

            JESUS BROUGHT THE DISCIPLES TO A GARDEN FOR IT WOULD BE IN A GARDEN ALL THOSE CENTURIES AGO WHEN THE SERPENT WOULD DECEIVE AND BEGUILE EVE! JESUS BROUGHT THE DISCIPLES UNTO THE GARDEN, FOR IT NEEDED TO HAPPEN IN THE GARDEN! JESUS NEEDED TO ENTER INTO THE GARDEN AND ENTER INTO THAT PERIOD OF PRAYER BEFORE HIS FATHER! JESUS KNEW THAT HIS TIME HAD COME! JESUS KNEW THAT HIS HOUR HAD COME! JESUS KNEW THAT HIS SUFFERING WOULD BEGIN! WHEN THE HEDGE IS REMOVED! WHEN THE FATHER REMOVES HIS HAND OF PROTECTION FROM HIS SON! MAN WAS ABSOLUTELY POWERLESS TO LAY HOLD OF AND LAY HANDS ON JESUS UNTIL THE FATHER PURPOSED AND DETERMINED THAT IT WAS SO!

            SIT YE HERE, WHILE I SHALL PRAY! MY SOUL IS EXCEEDING SORROWFUL UNTO DEATH! TARRY YE HERE, AND WATCH! ABBAT FATHER, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE UNTO THEE! TAKE AWAY THIS CUP FROM ME! NEVERTHELESS NOT WHAT I WILL, BUT WHAT THOU WILT! SIMON, SLEEPEST THOU? COULDEST NOT THOU WATCH ONE HOUR? WATCH YE AND PRAY, LEST YE ENTER INTO TEMPTATION! THE SPIRIT TRULY IS READY, BUT THE FLESH IS WEAK! SLEEP ON NOW, AND TAKE YOUR REST! IT IS ENOUGH! THE HOUR IS COME! BEHOLD, THE SON OF MAN IS BETRAYED INTO THE HANDS OF SINNERS! RISE UP, LET US GO! LO, HE THAT BETRAYETH ME IS AT HAND!

            AND HE WENT FORWARD A LITTLE, AND FELL ON THE GROUND, AND PRAYED THAT, IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, THE HOUR MIGHT PASS FROM HIM! AND HE COMETH, AND FINDETH THEM SLEEPING! AND AGAIN HE WENT AWAY, AND PRAYED, AND SPAKE THE SAME WORDS! WHEN HE REUTNRED, HE FOUND THEM ASLEEP AGAIN! FOR THEIR EYES WERE HEAVY! NEITHER WIST THEY WHAT TO ANSWER HIM! HE COMETH THE THIRD TIME!

            AND IMMEDIATELY, WHILE HE YET SPAKE, COMETH JUDAS, ONE OF THE TWELVE, AND WITH HIM A GREAT MULTITUDE WITH SWORDS AND STAVES! FROM THE CHIEF PRIESTS AND THE SCRIBES AND THE ELDERS! HE THAT BETRAYED HIM HAD GIVEN THEM A TOKEN! SHOMSOEVER I SHALL KISS, THAT SAME IS HE! TAKE HIM, AND LEAD HIM AWAY SAFELY! AS SOON AS HE WAS COME, HE GOETH STRAIGHTWAY TO HIM, AND SAITH, MASTER, MASTER AND KISSED HIM! AND THEY LAID THEIR HANDS ON HIM, AND TOOK HIM! ONE OF THEM THAT STOOD BY DREW A SWORD, AND SMOTE A SERVANT OF THE HIGH PRIEST, AND CUT OFF HIS EAR! WHEN THE HEDGE IS REMOVED! ISAIAH 53! MAN COULD PLACE THEIR HANDS ON JESUS BECAUSE THE FATHER TEMPORARILY LIFTED HIS HAND! THE FATHER REMOVED THE HEDGE ROUND ABOUT JESUS JUST AS HE REMOVED THE HEDGE ROUND ABOUT ISRAEL, ROUND ABOUT SAMARIA, ROUND ABOUT JUDAH, ROUND ABOUT JERUSALEM!

            When You come to this particular portion of Scripture you will find the events which took place therein coming directly on the heels of the Passover meal which Jesus Christ and His disciples had shared together. It’s incredibly important that we recognize and understand the events which took place within the upper room as Jesus and His disciples shared the Passover meal together, for in that upper room there was more than just a meal that was shared with each other. You cannot read the words which are found within the four gospel narratives and not encounter and come face to face with the absolutely tremendous truth that what took place in the upper room was indeed the partaking of the Passover meal which was celebrated and observed by Jesus and His disciples as Jesus not only broke the bread and invited them to partake of it, but also offered them the cup which contained the fruit of the vine and invited them to partake of it as well. It would be there in the upper room Jesus would indeed and would in fact partake of the cup and of the bread as He would offer and extend a powerful invitation of covenant, of relationship, of fellowship and intimacy. It is absolutely undeniable and unmistakable when reading the words found and contained within the four gospel narratives that there was tremendous significance behind the upper room and what did indeed and did in fact take place there in the room. We cannot and must not miss and lose sight of this incredible truth, for the upper room was more than simply the disciples partaking of the Passover meal with the Lord Jesus Christ. The upper room was indeed and was in fact more than simply the disciples drinking of the fruit of the cup which Jesus offered them as a symbolic gesture and invitation of fellowship, relationship and of the kingdom. The four gospel narratives paint a powerful picture of Jesus’ offering the bread which He had blessed and broken as a tremendous and wonderful symbol of His body which would indeed and would in fact be broken for them. What’s more, is that the four gospel narratives paint a wonderful picture of Jesus offering the cup which contained the fruit of the vine as a powerful invitation to partake of that which represented His blood which would be shed for them.

            What’s more, is that when we read the words found in the four gospels we will find Jesus once more making an emphatic declaration unto the disciples—one that would essentially shake them all to their core. It would be there at the table in the upper room Jesus would emphatically declare unto His disciples how on that very night one of them would betray Him. What we must needs realize and recognize concerning this, however, is that this would not be the first time Jesus would speak of betrayal, for there would be previous times when Jesus would indeed and would in fact speak unto His disciples and declare unto them how one of them would betray Him. What’s more, is that when Jesus first began teaching His disciples how He must needs suffer many things at the hands of the religious leaders and system and be killed before being raised from death to life, He would also declare and describe unto them how He would be betrayed. It is important and imperative that we recognize this tremendous truth, for there in the upper room we find more taking place than simply the sharing of the cup which contained the fruit of the vine, and more than simply partaking of the bread which had been blessed and broken. It would be there at the upper room as the twelve disciples sat around the table together with Jesus that He would once more declare unto them how one of them would indeed and would in fact betray Him. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this, for there is incredibly powerful language that is found and contained within the four gospel narratives concerning the upper room and Jesus’ time which He would spend with His twelve disciples. Once more there in the upper room Jesus would indeed and would in fact declare and describe unto His disciples how one of them would betray Him. What makes this truly interesting when you take the time to think about it is when you consider the fact that this would be a further declaration and revelation—not only of the suffering He would experience and endure, but also of the betrayal He would experience. It would indeed be true Jesus would suffer at the hands of the religious leaders, and it would be true Jesus would in fact be handed over into the hands of sinners who would scourge and crucify Him, and that Jesus would ultimately be killed and crucified, and we must needs recognize and understand that all of this would indeed and would in fact be set in motion by the betrayal of one of His own who would conspire together with the chief priests, the scribes and the religious leaders present during those days.

            I sit here today thinking about and considering the powerful language that was used there around the table and how although Jesus had already begun teaching His disciples how He must needs suffer many things at the hands of the chief priests, scribes and elders of the people, He would also teach and describe how all of that would indeed be set in motion be one of His own betraying Him. There would be present at the table together with Jesus and His disciples one from among them who would indeed and would in fact betray Him—and not only betray Him, but also betray Him into the hands of His enemies and adversaries. It would be there at the upper room Jesus would both teach and reveal unto His disciples how there would be one from among them who would in fact betray Him—a statement and declaration that would produce a sort of introspection within each of their hearts and minds. It is incredibly powerful to read the narrative and account of Jesus together with His disciples there in the upper room round about the table, for immediately when and after Jesus declared unto them how one of them would betray Him they would all began to be sorrowful and begin saying to Him one by one, “Is it I?” Stop for a moment and consider the tremendous and powerful significance of such a question asked by the disciples when Jesus taught and declared unto them how one of them would betray Him. Consider the fact that there in the upper room Jesus would in fact declare unto His disciples how one of them would betray Him, and this very statement and declaration would produce this inner sorrow within the hearts and souls of the disciples as each of them would ask Him one by one and one at a time if it was they themselves who would betray Him. What an incredibly powerful question this truly is when you think about it, for the question which they asked was not so much a question of identity in terms of who it was among them who would betray Him, but also a question of motive. We must needs recognize and understand that the question “Is it I? which the disciples asked of Jesus was not just about their asking Jesus if it was indeed them, but also a question of could it be them.

            The more I think about and consider the words which are found here in this portion and passage of Scripture the more I am brought face to face with the incredibly powerful truth that when Jesus would declare and speak unto the disciples and declare unto them that one of them would indeed and would in fact betray Him they would all one by one ask Him if it was themselves who would betray Him. I have to admit that this question is truly remarkable when you take the time to think about it, for their question wasn’t merely about them asking it in terms of understanding if it was them who was the betrayer, but it was also a question of motive and whether or not they could indeed and could in fact betray Him. For each of the disciples to ask the Lord Jesus Christ there around the table in the upper room whether or not it was them who would and could betray Him as a powerful question focused directly upon their own hearts and their own souls and whether or not they themselves had motive to indeed and in fact betray Him. There is not a doubt in my mind that when the disciples asked this question of the Lord Jesus Christ they were in fact asking Him—and perhaps not only ask Him, but also asking themselves—if they not only had motive for betraying Him, but also if they could indeed and could in fact go through with betraying Him. I have to admit that I absolutely love the question which the disciples asked—and not only the question the disciples asked, but also the fact that they asked it, for more often than not we think about and consider the fact that the question was simply one of seeking to understand the identity of the betrayer and whether or not it was one of them who would and could betray Him. Each of the disciples would ask Jesus whether or not it was they themselves who would and could betray Jesus, and I can’t help but ask myself the powerful question of whether or not Judas himself dared ask this question  of Jesus in the company and presence of Jesus and all the disciples.

            This particular reality surrounding Jesus’ declaring unto the disciples how one of them would betray Him is indeed an incredibly powerful one which we must needs ask ourselves, for it is not only a question of identity and whether or not we are that man or that woman, but whether or not we could in fact be that woman. If and as you read the four gospel narratives you will find and encounter Judas seeking an audience with the chief priests and the scribes and conspiring to them concerning His betrayal of the person of Jesus Christ. You cannot read the four gospel narratives and not encounter and come face to face with the fact that each of the four gospels paints a powerful picture of Judas conspiring together with the chief priests, conspiring together with the elders of Israel, and conspiring together with the scribes concerning betraying the person of Jesus Christ. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this, for by the time we come to the upper room Judas had already met with the chief priests, the scribes and the elders of the people and offered to betray Jesus and essentially serve Him up before and unto them. Judas had conspired and covenanted together with the chief priests, the scribes and the elders of Israel to betray Jesus into their hands, and would do so for a sum of money. What’s more, is that Scriptures would reveal how from that moment on Judas would seek an opportune time whereby He might betray Jesus into the hands of those who vehemently hated and opposed Him. From the time Judas took and accepted the thirty pieces of silver which the chief priests, the scribes and the elders of Israel had given unto him he would seek an opportunity to betray him. What’s more, is that I have previously written how the silver which Judas not only coveted but also took did indeed and did in fact come from religion, and when he left and departed from the company and presence of the chief priests, the scribes and the elders of the people he would depart with religion’s silver. Oh pause for a moment and think of the fact that Judas Iscariot accepted religion’s silver as an acceptable offering and gift whereby he himself might betray the person of the Lord Jesus Christ into their hands. Judas would indeed and would in fact meet together with the chief priests, the scribes and the elders of the people, and would accept and take the silver from their hands as the price and acceptable payment to betray Jesus into their hands.

            In order to paint an even more powerful picture of what is found within the upper room it is absolutely necessary that we turn our attention to the presence of Judas there in the upper room and how after he had taken and accepted religion’s silver he would enter into the upper room together with the other eleven disciples and Jesus. Undoubtedly Jesus knew that Judas was that one among them who would indeed and would in fact betray Him, and yet Jesus allowed Judas to enter into the upper room together with Himself and the other eleven disciples. How incredibly powerful it is to think about the fact that Judas would indeed and would in fact enter into the upper room together with Jesus and the other eleven disciples, and would partake of the fruit of the vine in the cup which Jesus offered unto them, as well as partaking of the bread which Jesus would Himself bless and break. In order to truly understand that which is found in the narrative and account of the upper room it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we think about and consider the following words which are found in each of the four gospels which were written by the gospel authors concerning Jesus and His twelve disciples which were together there in the upper room. Consider if you will the following words which are found in each of the four gospels concerning this experience and encounter in the upper room, and how there in the upper room Jesus would not only declare unto the disciples how one of them would betray Him, but would also declare unto His disciples how that one who would betray Him would be the one who dipped his hand into the dish would in fact be that one who would betray Him. Read and pay close attention to the following words and passages which are found in the following passages which are found in each of the four gospel narratives which were written by the Lord Jesus Christ—including the words which are found at the end of the sixth chapter of the New Testament gospel of John where Jesus would declare how He chose each of the twelve disciples, and yet how one of them was a devil:

            “Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto Him, Lord, is it i? And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born. Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said” (Matthew 26:20-25).

            “And in the evening he cometh with the twelve. And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me. And the began to be sorrowful, and say to him one by one, Is it I? And another said, Is it I? And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish. The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of many is betrayed! Good were it for that man if he had never been born” (Mark 14:17-21).

            “Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him: for they feared the people. Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude” (Luke 22:1-6).

            “But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! And they began to inquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing” (Luke 22:21-23).

            “Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded” (John 13:1-5).

            “When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verly, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. HE then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor. He then having received the sop and went immediately out: and it was night” (John 13:21-30).

            “From that many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life? And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve” (John 6:6-71).

            It is absolutely necessary that we recognize and pay close attention to the words which are found within each of these passages of Scripture, for within each of these passages of Scripture—not only do we learn that one of Jesus’ own disciples would indeed and would in fact betray Him, but we also learn that it would be Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son who would in fact betray Him. What’s more, is that within these passages we learn that in order for Judas to indeed and in fact betray Jesus into the hands of the chief priests, scribes and elders of Israel Satan himself would have to have put it into his heart. We cannot speak of the betrayal of Jesus and not understand the presence of Satan in direct connection with the betrayal, for Judas would not and did not commit to betray Jesus without and apart from Satan putting it into his heart to betray Jesus. What’s more, is that as you read the words which are found within the gospel narratives you will find and encounter the incredibly powerful picture that at least two separate times the gospel authors Luke and the apostle John together declare and spoke of Satan entering into Judas. There were at least two different and two distinct times when we read how Satan entered into Judas—first before he would even conspire together with the chief priests, the scribes and the elders of the people, and second after he had taken the sop directly from the hand of Jesus. How incredibly powerful it is to think about the fact that Judas would be the one to betray Jesus into the hands of the chief priests, the scribes and the elders of the people, and not only would he accept the silver from religion, but he would also accept the sop from the hand of Jesus. Pause for a moment and think about the tremendous dichotomy and disparity that is found within the life of Judas, for not only would he accept silver from, by and at the hand of religion, but he would also accept the sop from the hand of Jesus. It is truly something astonishing and worth thinking about and considering when reading the words found in these passages of Scripture that when we speak about the betrayal of Judas we find the presence of Satan entering into him and putting into his heart to betray Him, we find Judas accepting religion’s silver, we find Judas accepting relationship’s sop, and we even find Judas in the gospel narrative written by the apostle Matthew being one of the twelve who would indeed and would in fact ask the Lord Jesus if it was he who would betray Him.

            I can’t help but be absolutely and completely gripped by the words which are found in these portions and passages of Scripture, for it would be there in the upper room where Jesus would once more declare unto the disciples how one of them would indeed and would in fact betray Him. Upon hearing these words which were spoken by the person of Jesus Christ each of the disciples would ask Him whether or not it was they themselves who would betray Him. I am convinced we must needs recognize and pay attention to the question which the disciples asked of Jesus there at the table and there in the upper room, for the question which the disciples would ask of Jesus would be one of tremendous introspection and one that would not only ask if it was them who would betray Jesus, but also whether or not they themselves could in fact go through with the betrayal. Oh we must acknowledge that which is found within the passages here within the four gospels, for the words which we find here in the four gospels paint an incredibly powerful picture of Jesus declaring unto the disciples how one of them would betray Him—one of three distinct declarations Jesus would make concerning the disciples on this particular night. Oh as you read the four gospel narratives which were written by the gospel authors you will find that in addition to Jesus declaring unto the disciples that one of them would indeed betray Him, He would also make two other declarations—one declaration concerning the remaining eleven disciples, and another which would be made concerning Simon Peter himself. On this night in which Jesus would begin to suffer those things which were foreordained for Him and on this night before Jesus would indeed be scourged before being crucified and killed we find Him speaking certain and specific words unto and concerning the disciples. If there is one thing we must needs realize and understand concerning the words found in this portion and passage of Scripture it’s that Jesus would indeed and would in fact declare that one of them would betray Him, but He would also declare unto and concerning them how they would all be offended because of Him. What’s more, is that Jesus would also declare unto Simon individually and personally that before the cock would crow twice he would deny Him three times.

            Stop for a moment and think about and consider the words which are found in this portion and passage of Scripture, for what we find in this portion of Scripture is not only Jesus declaring unto the disciples how one of them would betray Him, but we also find Jesus declaring how they would all be offended because of Him, and as a direct result of that offense they would all be scattered from Him. What’s more, is that Jesus would also go on to declare unto Simon also called Peter that he would deny Him three times before the rooster would crow twice the following morning. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of the incredible significance of the words which are found here within this passage and portion of Scripture, for within it Jesus speaks of betrayal, Jesus speaks of offense, and Jesus speaks of denial. What adds even more weight and significance to the words and language that is found here is that Jesus wasn’t speak to, nor was He speaking of heathen or Gentiles when He spoke of betrayal, offense and denial. When Jesus spoke these words He wasn’t speaking of the chief priests, the scribes, or the elders of Israel. Jesus wasn’t speaking these words in terms of the Pharisees, the Sadducees and the teachers of the Law. When Jesus spoke these words He was speaking them of His own disciples—those who would walk and those who had walked with and followed Him for three and a half years. On this night—the night in which Jesus would be betrayed into the hands of His enemies and adversaries—Jesus would indeed speak of and declare how there would be that one among them who would betray Him, but He would also speak concerning them all and how they would all be offended because of Him. What’s more, is that as a direct result of this offense with Jesus they would all scatter from Him. What’s more, is that while it would be one of Jesus’ disciples who would indeed betray Him, there would be another disciples who would deny Him—and not only deny Him, but deny Him three times. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this, for Jesus would indeed and would in fact declare unto Simon that he would deny Him, and would do so three times before the night was over. Jesus would indeed declare unto the disciples three distinct and three different messages—each which would have entirely different implications and would be connected to different points and parts of that evening. Jesus would declare unto all the disciples how one among them would betray Him, Jesus would declare unto all the disciples how they would all be offended because of Him, and Jesus would declare unto Simon how before the night was over He would deny Him three times.

            We dare not and must not miss the tremendous significance of what is found within this portion and passage of Scripture, for what we find here is an incredibly awesome and powerful truth concerning the person of Jesus Christ, and what He understood—not only concerning what would take place concerning that evening, but also what He understood concerning His disciples. It is absolutely remarkable and astounding to think about and consider the fact that on this very night Jesus not only understood certain things about His disciples, and Jesus not only understood what was going to take place, but Jesus also understood the Scriptures and what was spoken concerning Himself. It is incredibly powerful to think about and consider the fact that when and as you read the words found in this portion of Scripture you will find the Lord Jesus Christ revealing some incredibly powerful truths concerning His disciples—and not only concerning His disciples, but also concerning their actions which would take place that evening. It would be on this particular night Jesus would not only know that His time and His hour had come, and not only knew that the time had come for Him to return unto His Father who was in heaven, but Jesus also understood very specific things concerning His disciples—things which His own disciples did not understand about themselves. It is truly astounding to read the gospel narratives which are found concerning Jesus and His disciples on this very night when they would partake of the Passover meal together, for on this particular night Jesus would introduce some incredibly powerful revelations concerning His disciples—revelations which they would not only misunderstand, but also had a difficult time accepting. We cannot afford to miss the words and language which is found within these portions and passages of Scripture, for the words we find here in these passages of Scripture bring us face to face with the awesome and powerful truth concerning that which Jesus knew and understood concerning His disciples. It is absolutely undeniable that Jesus did in fact know and understand very specific things concerning His disciples—and not only concerning His disciples, but also what they would do on this particular night as a direct result of His being betrayed into the hands of His enemies and adversaries. With this in mind I invite you to consider the following words which are found in the twenty-second chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by Luke concerning Simon Peter and what Jesus would also go on to reveal concerning him:

            “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me” (Luke 22:31-24).

            The words which we find within this portion of Scripture are absolutely critical and vital for what has just been presented unto us, for when we think about the events which took place on this night we must needs recognize how Jesus not only knew that His time and His hour had come, but Jesus also knew His disciples and what would take place on this particular night. WE dare not and must not miss and lose sight of the words found within these portions of Scripture, for they bring us face to face with the fact that Jesus knew and understood His disciples, Jesus knew and understood the Scriptures, and Jesus knew and understood that the time and hour for His departure and return unto the Father was at hand. Jesus knew and understood that the time and hour had come for Him to be glorified, and for the suffering which was ordained before the foundation of the world would indeed and would in fact begin. What makes this all the more incredible and powerful when you take the time to think about it is when you consider the fact that Jesus would publicly reveal that which would take place on this particular evening in the company and presence of His disciples. Jesus would not keep it hidden, nor would He keep it concealed from His disciples that one of them would betray Him, that all of them would be offended because of Him, nor even that Simon would deny Him. Pause for a moment and think about how truly astonishing this is when you take the time to think about it, for it calls and draws our attention to the fact that on this particular night Jesus knew and was well aware and well acquainted with His disciples and knew what they would indeed and would in fact do on that particular evening.

            I am sitting here writing these words and I am finding myself absolutely blown away with and by the fact that there at the table in the upper room Jesus would speak unto all twelve of the disciples and would declare unto them that one of them would indeed and would in fact betray Him. Jesus would not keep it any secret when speaking these words, for in previous discussions, dialogues and interactions Jesus would declare unto the disciples that He would be betrayed into the hands of the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people and would suffer many things at their hands. On the night in which He celebrated and observed the Passover Jesus would make this reality all the more personal in the presence and company of the disciples as He would emphatically declare unto them how one of them would indeed and would in fact betray Him. Oh we dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this, for up until that point Jesus would merely declare and present unto His disciples how He would be betrayed into the hands of the chief priests, and into the hands of the scribes and elders. Now in the privacy and intimacy of the upper room Jesus would make it more personal and declare how it would be one of those sitting at the table with Him who would in fact betray Him. There at the table in the upper room Jesus would reveal publicly in the company and presence of each of the disciples how it would be one of them who would actually betray Him. The disciples would and could not understand who among them it was who would actually betray Him. Up until that point I am sure the disciples wondered who would and who could possibly betray Him, and such a reality would indeed remain a mystery and would remain concealed until the night of the Passover meal came around. It would be in the context of the Passover meal and in the context of Jesus partaking of this meal together with His disciples that the revelation concerning one of them betraying Him would actually take place. Nowhere in any of the four gospels will you find leading up to this point that Jesus would actually come right out and declare how one of them would betray Him, however, there in the upper room Jesus would make some startling declarations and revelations before and in the presence of the disciples.

            The more I think about and consider this the more I can’t help but be brought face to face with the awesome and powerful truth that on this particular night—the night in which Jesus would partake of and participate in the Passover meal together with His disciples He would make some striking and startling declarations and revelations in the company and presence of the disciples. There is not a doubt in my mind that the revelations which were given and made on this particular night must have thoroughly rocked and shaken the disciples—particularly and especially when you consider how they responded when Jesus declared how one of them would betray Him. We dare not and must not miss the awesome importance of this particular truth and reality, for it calls and draws our attention into the truly powerful place that while this particular night of the Passover would indeed and would in fact be a powerful invitation Jesus would give to partake of the cup and of the bread, it would also be a powerful picture of Jesus revealing unto His disciples things concerning their own hearts and souls. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of the words which are found in this portion and passage of Scripture, for the words which are contained here bring us face to face with the fact that Jesus made a powerful and striking declaration concerning all disciples, but would also make personal declarations concerning two of the disciples. Jesus would make the declaration that all of the disciples would be offended because of Him, and how it would be as a direct result of their being offended with and by Him that they would be scattered. This concept of all the disciples being offended because of Jesus not only extends to the eleven disciples whom Jesus led to the garden of Gethsemane and how they would all be scattered from Him, but also concerning Judas who I am absolutely convinced had already become and already was offended with, by and because of Jesus.

            I have to admit that I absolutely love the words which are found within these portions and passages of Scripture, for they call and draw our attention to the awesome reality that Jesus knew His disciples—and not only that Jesus knew His disciples, but also that Jesus knew what His disciples would do and what they were capable of. Jesus knew that Judas would in fact betray Him, and Jesus knew that Simon called Peter would deny Him three times before the rooster would crow twice the following morning. Perhaps one of the questions I can’t help but ask myself and wonder if Jesus was aware of the presence of Satan there in the upper room after Judas had taken the sop from His hand. Scripture makes it perfectly clear that immediately after Judas took the sop from the hand of Jesus that Satan entered Him, and Jesus would respond by declaring unto Judas to go and do what he was planning, and do so quickly. I would dare say that Jesus was very much aware of the presence of Satan there in the upper room, for how and why would He declare unto Judas that which he was going to do to do quickly if He was not aware that Satan had in that moment entered him. It is quite interesting and intriguing to think about and consider the presence and activity of Satan among the disciples of Jesus, for on this particular night—not only do we encounter and discover the truth that Satan would put into the heart of Judas to betray Jesus, and not only do we understand that Satan would enter Judas, but we also find and discover how Satan asked to have Simon that he might sift him as wheat. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this, for as surely and as much as I am convinced Jesus knew each of His disciples and what they would do that night as well as what they were capable of, so also would Jesus be very much aware of the activity and presence of Satan. There is a part of me that can’t help but wonder who Satan appeared to and asked that he might have Simon that he might sift him as wheat. Did Satan appear unto the Father and ask permission to have Simon that he might sift him as wheat much like he had appeared among the sons of God concerning Job and the hedge of protection and blessing that was round about him? Or, did Satan actually appear unto Jesus and ask Him that he might have Simon to sift him as wheat? Scripture is entirely and altogether unclear concerning who Satan did in fact appear to, however, we know that Jesus was indeed very much aware of the presence and activity of Satan in the midst of and among His disciples.

            It is truly something incredibly powerful to think about and consider the words found within these passages of Scripture, for what we find within these passages is a strong and powerful picture of Jesus being very much aware of the events that would take place and unfold during that evening, and how Jesus would know and understand how one of His disciples would betray Him, how one of His disciples would deny Him three times, and how all of His disciples would be offended because of Him. There is not a doubt in my mind that Jesus was very much aware of the presence and activity of Satan among His disciples, and I am convinced that the closer it came to the appointed time of the suffering of Jesus, the more Jesus was aware of Satan’s increased activity among His disciples. Is it possible that Satan sought to capitalize on the betrayal, the suffering and death of Jesus to unleash havoc within and upon the disciples of Christ to scatter and disband them? Is it possible that Satan was very much aware of what would and could possibly take place, and sought to divide and conquer? Satan would first isolate Judas from the rest of the disciples, for it would be Judas alone who would appear before and unto the chief priests, the scribes and the elders of the people seeking an opportunity to betray Jesus. Satan would not stop here as it pertains to the life of Judas Iscariot, for Scripture would make it very clear that he would actually enter into Judas Iscariot, thus enabling him to actually carry out the betrayal of the Son of man. Oh I can’t help but think about and consider the fact that were it not for Satan putting into the heart of Judas, and even for Satan entering into Judas he might not have been able to carry out the betrayal of Jesus on this particular night in the garden of Gethsemane.

            Oh I can’t help but read the words found within these passage of Scripture and think about the fact that on this particular night—in the context of relationship, fellowship and intimacy Jesus would indeed and would in fact make some striking, some alarming and some powerful revelations and declarations concerning His disciples. WE dare not and must not miss and lose sight of just what is found within these portions and passages of Scripture, for they bring us face to face with the awesome and powerful truth that the Lord Jesus Christ knew and understood the nature of man, knew and understood the nature of man, and knew exactly what His disciples would indeed and would in fact be capable of. On this particular night one of the disciples of Jesus would betray Him, another disciple would deny Him, and all would be offended because of Him. We know and understand a great deal about Judas betraying Jesus in the garden into the hands of the small band of soldiers he would lead into that place, and how he conspired together with the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people to betray. We know of Simon called Peter denying the Lord three times on the night in which He was betrayed before the rooster would crow three times. What is actually all the more intriguing is when you think about the fact that all the disciples would be offended because of Jesus—and not only would all the disciples be offended because of Jesus, but they would also all be scattered from Him there in the garden. It would be there in the garden when Judas would betray Jesus with a kiss as a sign to those he led into the midst of it where Simon would initially draw the sword and strike off the ear of the servant of the high priest, and yet Jesus would not permit Simon to engage in any further activity with the sword. Jesus would emphatically declare unto Simon that those who lived by the sword would indeed die by the sword, and that it were possible for Him to pray and ask of His Father and He would presently send Him legions of angels to help Him. Oh how truly incredible it is to read the narrative that is found within the four gospels and consider the fact that not only did Jesus cause the sword which Simon called Peter had drawn to be put away, but Jesus also held back the legions and myriads of angels which would and could have very well come to His rescue had the Father given the command and instruction to do so.

            The narrative and account of Jesus and the disciples in the garden is actually quite interesting, for it presents us with a truly powerful picture of how all the disciples would be scattered as a result of being offended because of Him, and how the angels in heaven itself would be restrained and refrained from engaging in any activity on this particular night. I can’t help but wonder what it was like for the myriads upon myriads of angels to look upon this scene from heaven and witness as Jesus would be betrayed by Judas with a kiss, and how that insurgent which Judas would lead into the garden would actually lay their hands on Jesus. I can’t help but wonder if the angels stood round about the throne in awe when they witnessed man actually being able to lay their hands upon Jesus—and not only lay their hands upon Jesus, but also striking Him as well. It is truly something worth thinking about and considering when you read the words found in this portion and passage of Scripture that Jesus knew and understood that He could pray and ask the Father, and His Father would presently send Him legions of angels who would indeed and would in fact come to His rescue. Jesus was very much aware of the fact that His Father in heaven would and could send Him as many legions of angels as He desired and requested, and could have delivered Him from out of the hands of those who had laid hands upon Him. Jesus was very much aware of the fact that His Father could have very easily and very well have sent a legion of angels to enter into the garden and deliver Him out of the hands of those who would in fact lay hold of Him, and yet not only would Jesus not ask the Father for such a thing, but neither would the Father commit to sending any angels.

            It’s actually quite interesting to think about and consider that when the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness where He would be tempted of the devil, one of the temptations the devil would hurl at and against Him was bringing Him to one of the pinnacles of the Temple and tempting Him to cast Himself down from that place. What made this temptation all the more evil and sinister is that the devil would actually use Scripture as the means to add further weight and credence to the temptation, for the devil would quote the words which the psalmist wrote in the ninety-first chapter of the Old Testament book of the Psalms. Satan knew Scripture and knew what it said, and he would seek to use scripture to tempt Jesus to cast Himself down from one of the pinnacles of the Temple, for it was written in the word how the LORD would give His angels charge over Him, and they would bear Him up lest His foot shall be dashed against a stone. Oh that which makes this incredibly important and powerful to think about and consider when you read these words is that the same God who would and could send His angels to bear His children and His people up lest they dash their feet upon the stone would be the same God who would not send any angels, nor cherubim, nor seraphim on this particular night when Jesus would not only be betrayed, but also when Jesus would in fact be laid hold of and seized by those whom Judas would lead into the garden. We know that there would indeed appear an angel which would come down from heaven to strengthen Him for what He was about to experience and endure, and yet that would be the only angelic activity that would take place on this particular night. On this particular night when the Lord Jesus would indeed and would in fact be betrayed all of heaven would be held back and kept at bay, and there would not be a single angel that would come to the defense of Jesus—at least not in the sense of delivering Him. We know that there was an angel which would descend from heaven to strengthen Him in that which He would face and experience, however, there would be no angels who would descend from heaven to deliver Jesus out of the hands of His enemies and adversaries and those who had entered into the garden to lay hold of Him. Pause for a moment and consider the fact that on this particular night—not only did the Lord cause swords to fall, but Jesus also held back the angels in heaven who could have very easily have descended and come to His rescue.

            The question we must needs ask is why would the Lord Jesus Christ cause the angels to be held back and remain in heaven. How and why would Jesus willingly and voluntarily allow Himself to be seized, captured and taken by that small band of soldiers which entered into the garden with swords and staves? I am absolutely and completely convinced that the answer to this question is not only found in the fifty-third chapter of the Old Testament prophetic book of Isaiah, but it is also found in a powerful truth which we must understand when reading the words found in this particular portion of Scripture. If and as you read the words which are found in the New Testament gospel narrative which was written by the apostle John you will find time and time again the statement and declaration that the time and the hour had not yet come. If you read the opening twelve chapters of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle John you will find that the Jews, the scribes, the chief priests, the elders of the people, and the entire religious system sought to take and lay hold of Jesus that they might put Him to death, and yet the truth of the matter is that so long as it was not the time, nor the hour ordained and appointed by the Father they would not be able to lay hands upon Jesus. Over and over again within the New Testament gospel narrative written and recorded by the apostle John you will find it written how the Jews, and how the religious system sought to lay hold of and place their hands upon Jesus, and yet they were entirely and altogether unable to do so because His hour had not yet come. What we find here within the fourteenth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by John Mark is actually quite remarkable when you take the time to think about it, for it calls and draws our attention to the unbelieve reality that for the first time in three and a half years men were able to actually lay their hands upon Jesus—and not only lay their hands upon Him, but were also able to do so because His time and hour had come.

            We know within the fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the Gentile physician Luke that after the people from Nazareth heard the words which He spoke unto them they were filled with wrath and thrust Him out of the city. What’s more, is that they brought Him unto the brow of the hill seeking to cast Him down headlong, and yet the truth of the matter is that Luke writes and records how although they sought to cast Jesus headlong down from the brow of the hill upon which the city was built He was able to pass through them. It is truly something unique and worth considering when reading the words found within the four gospels how for the first time there in the garden man was actually able to lay their hands upon the person of Jesus Christ—and not only lay their hands upon Him, but also strike Him. How absolutely astounding and remarkable it is to think about and consider the words which are found within this portion of Scripture, for not only was Judas able to betray Jesus, but so also were those whom Judas led into the garden able to lay their hands upon Jesus, lead Him away, and even strike Him. For three and a half years the religious system and leaders sought to lay hold of the person of Jesus Christ, and for three and a half years they sought to entrap and ensnare Him in His words that they might have reason and cause to put Him to death, and during those three and a half years there was absolutely nothing they could do. For three and a half years the religious leaders during those days were entirely and altogether prevented from laying their hands upon the person of Jesus Christ, and yet what we find here in the garden is the insurgent and insurrectionists Judas led into the garden were actually able to lay their hands upon Jesus. We must pay close and careful attention to this, for it calls and draws our attention to something incredibly important which took place once the time and hour had come. It would and could not be until the time and hour appointed and ordained by the Father that those who vehemently hated Jesus would actually be able to lay their hands upon Him and strike Him and spit upon Him. All of this would indeed only be made possible because the time and hour appointed by the Father had indeed come, and because of the prophetic word which was spoken concerning Jesus which is found in the fifty-third chapter of the Old Testament prophetic book of Isaiah. Consider if you will the following words which are found in this passage beginning with the first verse of the chapter:

            “Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall gropw up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is on beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: YET WE DID ESTEEM HIM STRIKCEN, SMITTEN OF GOD, AND AFFLICTED. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 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 openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. YET IT PLEASED THE LORD TOP BRUISE HIM; HE HATH PUT HIM TO GRIEF: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong: because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors: and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:1-12).

            As I prepare to bring this writing to a close it is absolutely necessary that we recognize that when the gospel authors write and speak about those whom Judas escorted and ushered into the gardn being able to lay hands on and lay hold of Jesus it was solely because the Father had temporarily removed the hedge which was round about His Son. Prior to that point in time neither the hedge was removed, nor the time and hour having come, so man would and could not do anything toward and against the person of Jesus Christ. Consider the fact that even when Herod tried to slaughter Jesus as an infant the angel appeared unto Joseph and warned him by dream to take the child and his mother down into the land of Egypt until it was safe to return. Consider how the wise men were warned in a dream not to return to Herod and instead departed unto their own land a different way. Consider also how even after Joseph brought Mary and the young Jesus up out of the land of Egypt he was further warned in a dream and instead of dwelling in Judaea he took the mother and child into Nazareth where the young Jesus would grow up until the time of His public manifestation and appearance at the Jordan River. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this particular truth, for there was a hedge of protection round about the person of Jesus Christ from the time He was born all the way through the time appointed and ordained for His suffering to begin. For thirty-three and a half years there was not a single man who would lay hands on and do Jesus any physical or bodily harm so long as the hedge of protection from the Father was round about and upon Him, and the appointed hour and time had not come. It is truly something worth thinking about and considering that even when Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate and Pilate asked Him if He realized he had the power to sentence Him to death, Jesus declared unto him that he would not have any power over Him if it were not appointed and ordained by the Father who was in heaven. Oh how absolutely incredible and astounding it is to think about and consider the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ would indeed and would in fact experience the hedge of the Father’s protection being temporarily lifted so as to allow Him to be taken and laid hold of, so as to allow Him to suffer in the flesh, and so as to allow Him to be nailed to the cross and crucified at Golgotha between two thieves—one on His right hand and the other on His left hand.

There is something truly astonishing and remarkable when you take the time to think about the hedge of the Father’s protection and the appointed time of the Father, for both of these had to be in alignment with the divine and perfect will of the Father. We know that the Father had ordained and appointed Jesus to suffer in the flesh and ultimately die, however, even the will of the Father would and could not take place until the appointed time, as well as the hedge being removed. It wasn’t a matter of Judas betraying Jesus that actually facilitated His suffering in the flesh and His being killed and crucified, but rather it was the lifting of the hedge of protection round about Jesus and the appointed time bein manifested in the earth that would actually lead to the convergence of the will, the hedge and the appointed time. THE WILL, THE HEDGE, THE TIME, THE HOUR! If there is one thing we must needs realize and understand—and not only understand concerning the person of Jesus Christ but also concerning our own lives—is that in order for the enemy and adversary to accomplish that which he desires to do it must needs pass through the filter of the will of the Father, the hedge of the Father, the timing of the Father, and the hour of the Father. We must needs realize that Satan could have no authority, nor any power over Job were it not for the living and eternal God ordained and appointing it to be so and granting permission for him to stretch forth his hand upon all that he had and upon his physical flesh. What’s more, is that Satan would have had absolutely no authority or power within the life of Simon Peter were it not for permission being granted by the Father and the Son. Even though permission had been granted we find that Jesus prayed for Simon, and prayed that his faith would not fail. Oh how we must needs recognize and understand that even if the hedge is removed from our lives, and even if the timing and hour of the Father has come to some degree and measure within our lives there is One who has made intercession and continues to make intercession for us. We dare not and must not forget and ignore the fact that there has always been and there will always be that One who ever lives to make intercession for us, and that One who even when we know not what we ought to pray can and will make intercession for us. We must needs recognize and understand the tremendous power that is found in the divine will of the Father and how the will of the Father is intrinsically linked and connected to His hedge of protection, to His timing and to the hour appointed by Him. We dare not and must not neglect, ignore and forget this awesome and powerful truth, for it calls and draws our attention to the fact that the enemy can have absolutely no authority or power over us, nor could even accomplish anything against us and within our lives were it not for the foreknowledge, divine will and plan of the eternal Father.

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