Living and Dying by the Sword of Jihad, Saudi Arabia, Islamic State, Wahabbi, Salafi
"Matthew 26:47-53 (NIV)
47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him."
49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him.
50 Jesus replied, "Friend, do what you came for." Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.
51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
52 "Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.
53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?"
Some argue that it was Peter who drew the sword and sliced off a piece of the arresting officers ear. The scriptures do not give the name of the person but it was someone who was with Jesus at the time. They had come to arrest the Prophet Jesus. Those who were with Jesus wanted to defend his honor and slay those who were bringing false accusations against their anointed leader. Jesus rebukes them saying that if you draw the sword even in the defense of me you shall surely die by the sword. Those on whom you draw the sword are not going to take too kindly to having body parts lopped off even if it is in the name of religion.
Jesus was a big boy he could take care of himself in fact that is exactly what he said. Hey boys you do not have to defend my honor if I need them I can call for thousands of angels to smite these blasphemers if I want to. The prophet of God did not need for mortals to take up arms to defend his honor. Any true prophet of God would not need the assistance of mere mortals for he is God.
Certain followers of the Prophet were put off when they went into a town in Samaria to see if anyone would be willing to host the prophet when he came to town. Jesus sent messengers on ahead to make preparations for his return to Jerusalem. There were some along the way who did not take too kindly to the prophet and preferred to not have him stay among them. They refused to entertain the prophet or his followers. They were not HOSPITABLE.
Luke 9:51-56 (NKJV)
51 Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem,
52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him.
53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem.
54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?"
55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, "You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.
56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them." And they went to another village.
This was not the only time the disciples wanted to DEFEND Jesus’ honor. There was another instance where a different sect of their religion was out teaching about the prophet but since they did not hold to the same dictates of the original sect the original members wanted to call down fire from heaven to destroy these blasphemers. But again Jesus rebuked them because they were not acting on HIS BEHALF but on the behalf of the devil. We read that here:
Numbers 11:26-29 (HCSB)
26 Two men had remained in the camp, one named Eldad and the other Medad; the Spirit rested on them—they were among those listed, but had not gone out to the tent—and they prophesied in the camp.
27 A young man ran and reported to Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
28 Joshua son of Nun, assistant to Moses since his youth, responded, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”
29 But Moses asked him, “Are you jealous on my account? If only all the LORD’s people were prophets and the LORD would place His Spirit on them!”
Luke 9:49-50 (GW)
49 John replied, “Master, we saw someone forcing demons out of a person by using the power and authority of your name. We tried to stop him because he was not one of us.”
50 Jesus said to him, “Don’t stop him! Whoever isn’t against you is for you.”
Today we read almost daily headlines of yet another murder in the name of Mohammad the prophet of Allah. These radical Islamist are out to defend the honor of their prophet no matter what, even to the point of taking up the sword. They do not take lightly what they consider blasphemy against their prophet. Cartoons, commentary, news reporters, Christians, Jews and even fellow Muslims, anyone who does not espouse the same ideology as the wielders of the sword will meet their demise. These followers of Mohammed believe it is their religious duty to kill all infidels and blasphemers.
What a contrast to the teachings of the prophet of the one true God, Jesus. Jesus taught that those who live by the sword will surely die by that same sword. Violence will beget violence until all end up destroying each other in the name of their religion. Jesus taught us a better is way to forgive our enemies and do good to those who persecute us so as not to blaspheme his name.
Others would do well to learn this lesson.