Day 77: Saturday, June 20
Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A slave girl came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it in front of them all: “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” When he went out to the gateway, another slave girl saw him and said to the people there, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene.” He denied it again with an oath, “I do not know the man!” After a little while, those standing there came up to Peter and said, “You really are one of them too—even your accent gives you away!” At that he began to curse, and he swore with an oath, “I do not know the man!” At that moment a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.
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COMMENT & QUESTIONS
People in Galilee had a distinct accent – apparently they pronounced ‘H’ very differently. The crowd could tell that Peter was from Galilee and therefore that He was in Jerusalem with Jesus. Why do you think Peter changed so quickly? Just a few hours earlier he had said that he would rather die than deny Jesus.
Peter had always been confused about Jesus being delivered over to the Jewish leaders and being killed (Matt 16:21-23). He couldn't see how it could possibly be part of God's plan. It confused and upset him. Perhaps he was still confused about what was happening and he had lost some of his convictions that he held earlier. Ultimately, Peter overcame his doubts and would later proudly proclaim to the crowds in Jerusalem that Jesus was the Christ (Acts 2).
Pray for courage to not deny our Saviour Pray that if we do make mistakes, we can quickly repent and come back to God