As always, we are, of course, going to provide to you a pure biblical perspective; however, in order to answer our audience fully, we must also spend a little time with the world. You will see how Jesus was not asking His disciples to arm themselves, but rather you will find that He was testing them when He told them to buy a sword. Furthermore, you will see how this was not just a test, but it was also a warning, one that should be taken quite seriously.
We hear too many Christians trying to use Luke 22:35-38 to justify the threat of violence, but we are here today to tell you quite honestly that you are very much in error. Much of the issue boils down to a single passage in the book of Luke and we tell you honestly that you have misunderstood its meaning and have effectively rejected our LORD and Savior, Jesus.
Hidden in Plain Sight
It is very easy to misunderstand the Gospel and Luke is no exception, especially chapter 22, verses 35 to 38, because as Gentiles, we lack a critical understanding of Jewish culture that is the key to understanding the true meaning of Luke 22:35-38.
35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.
Above is our questionable passage found in Luke 22:35-38, so what we need to do in order to fully understand this passage is to look up the original Greek, so to see which Greek words were used, as doing so often tells us more than the English translations.
Tallit for a Sword
The word “garment” was translated from the Greek word, “himation”. In ancient Greece, the “himation” was not just any sort of garment, as the Greek lexicon might have you believe; on the contrary, the himation was worn over clothes, like a cloak, and would have been the closest thing that the Greeks had to compare to the Jewish “Prayer Shawl”.
Let’s not forget that Jesus and His disciples were faithful Jews and would have, indeed, worn a “Prayer Shawl”, because they would cover themselves with it while praying. In Hebrew the “Prayer Shawl” is called a “tallit” and the Jews were commanded by God to wear them while praying, as is described in the book of Numbers 15:38 and in Deuteronomy 22:12.
Therefore, allow us to translate Luke 22:36 using what we have just learned:
Then Jesus said, “But now, he that has a purse, let him take it, and treat it as a beggars-bag: and he without a sword, let him sell his tallit, and buy one.
Now that we have this verse in proper context, we can easily see that Jesus was testing the faith of His disciples. We know this because Jesus effectively said to His disciples, “those without faith in me, go buy a weapon to protect yourself”, because in Ephesians 6:17 we learn that the true “sword” of faith is the word of God and with Jesus was the word:
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
In order to understand Luke 22:36 fully, we must now turn to Matthew 26:51-52:
51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.
52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Here is a passage that must be overlooked, because upon reading it, one would immediately detect a contradiction, assuming that we can be counted amongst the lot of those who believe that Luke 22:36 is suggesting that one buy weapons for their personal safety. What we are failing to consider is that we are trading our tallit for a sword.
In other words, one is effectively trading ones faith for a weapon; therefore, in turn, one is literally rejecting the offer of Salvation and attempting to bring about ones own salvation by foolishly relying upon oneself. The Bible says that no man can save himself and if he tries to save his own life, he will surely lose it. Honestly, the word of God cannot be more clear.
When Jesus asked His disciples if any of them had a sword, at least 10 said “No” and at least 2 said “Yes” and they showed Jesus actual swords. They were Jewish and should have known better than to consider selling their tallit, as God commanded them to wear it. Not even they understood the reference and their chance is gone, but you can reconsider.
We are asking you to sell your sword and to buy back your tallit. Place your faith in the word of God, which is your greatest sword of all, and love your enemies as yourself. Be reminded that we have a mighty God and that He truly wants to fight in your place.
For it is written, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19)
Many Christians understand and admit that Jesus was God in the flesh, but they don’t quite make the connection between YHWH and Jesus. If YHWH and Jesus are indeed both the same entity, then this would mean that Jesus is not just the creator, but He is also the destroyer; lest we forget about the Great Flood in Noah’s time that wiped out the entire planet.
The Bible states that God forms the light and creates darkness, He makes peace and creates evil, and that He, the LORD, does all of these things. (Isaiah 45:7) Do not be fooled, He is both our judge and lawyer, He is both our executioner and savior -all at once and this is why we should both fear His reprove and love His mercy, because He is truly all things.
Christians do not want to believe that God will punish them and they certainly do not want to even fathom that God would prevent sinners from being saved, because, quite simply they cannot imagine a single reason why God might want to prevent some sinners from being saved. Which is why we have written this article: To challenge an erroneous belief.
God of this World
Truly, the God of this world is and always has been the Creator. We challenge you to answer us, “At what point did God lose control of His universe?” Or, better yet, “At what point did God give away His control to Satan?” Where in the Bible was this exchange recorded?
Certainly, you can search the entire Bible from cover to cover and you will not find it, because it never happened. Case in point, in the book of Job, Satan had to ask for permission from God to attack Job. If Satan is indeed the “god of this world” then why would he need to ask the LORD for permission to control a world that he is supposedly the god of?
Honestly, we could thoroughly disassemble this concept using pure logic and from that alone we would prove our point; however, the following passages are far more evidential:
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
Here we see a passage in the book of Isaiah that tells us that the LORD made a command to prevent unbelievers from hearing His message, so that they cannot be healed by it.
39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
Here we see a passage in the book of John that references Isaiah 6:8-10, which is a direct correlation between the salvation offered by the LORD and the salvation offered by Jesus Christ, therefore suggesting that they are the same offer, from the same source.
Why Would God Do This?
Hopefully, by now, you understand that the god of this world is truly the LORD and that Jesus Christ is the LORD. So, you are probably wondering, ‘Why would God reject sinners?’ And, the answer to that question can be found in Romans 1, in the following verses:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
So, we see that the answer is essentially because these people know God but have chosen to reject Him. Moreover, they are undesirable, untrustworthy, despicable, and vile. They will cause another harm for their gain. They are lustful and very wicked individuals.
The Bible calls these people scoffers and says that they are willfully ignorant of God’s word. These people are your evolutionists, atheists, humanists, satanists, etc. They are your Hitlers and Stalins, your Dawkins’ and Scotts, and all else who have willfully rejected God and have contributed in some way to one of the many man-made iniquities of this world.
We were made aware of this misconception and found that those who believe that the God of this world is Satan has been misguided. As followers of Christ, we want to offer our readers the truth about our God, even if it makes you angry. The truth will set you free.
We used a list of 20,300 keywords that were all exactly 10 characters long. Out of that list of 20,300 keywords, only 19 keywords where found within the entire OT. Which means that only .094% or only 1 out of every ~1068 possible keywords in our list was discovered.
a = 20,300 possible keywords
b = 19 total keywords found
b/a * 100 = .094% of list found
a = 20,300 possible keywords
b = 19 total keywords found
Now, reduce both values by a factor of 19.
b/19 / a/19 = 1 / 1068.421 (1 out of ~1068) = .094% ✓
See a full list of the 20,300 keywords that we used to gather the following results:
|Chronicles||3||BANDOLIERS, PRETESTING, RESOUNDING|
|Exodus*||3||CONTRITION, ERADICATES, OVERLOADED|
|Isaiah||3||RETROCEDED, RETROCEDES, STATISTICS|
|Song of Songs||0||N/A|
* Denotes one of the five books of Moses.
Our statistical analysis ends with calculating the probability value for each available keyword, because we do not have a sufficient amount of keywords at this time to perform a reliable t-test for groups of 10. Our results range from 0.000000541410 to 0.000008478672.
If the value listed under the column Unique is set to YES, then this denotes that its associated keyword could only be found one time within the entire Old Testament.
Although, our list of keywords were preselected, we still had absolutely no control over which keywords would be discovered. Many of these keywords are quite uncommon in everyday speech, therefore we define each available keyword for your convenience, below:
|BANDOLIERS||A shoulder-belt with loops or pockets for cartridges (ammo).|
|PRETESTING||A preliminary test that precedes the final test.|
|RESOUNDING||A long and loud sound.|
|RENOTIFIES||To inform or give notice to someone multiple times.|
|CONTRITION||Sincere and profound remorse for sin.|
|ERADICATES||To destroy someone or something completely and utterly.|
|OVERLOADED||To load beyond capacity; to be overburdened.|
|REBELLIONS||Resistance to or defiance of any authority, control, or tradition.|
|ADMITTANCE||The permission or right to enter into a certain location.|
|LEADENNESS||A profound sense of despair or loneliness; deep hopelessness.|
|RETROCEDED||To have gone back; to have retired; to have receded.|
|RETROCEDES||To go back; to retire; to recede.|
|STATISTICS||The study of probabilities and outcomes in the natural world.|
|CONSIDERED||To have thought about or decided upon a subject with care.|
|REITERATED||To have repeated the same statement multiple times; often in excess.|
|NATIONALLY||Pertaining to an entire nation as an organized whole unit.|
|NEMERTINES||Any member of the invertebrate phylum Nemertea; ribbon worms.|
|STONEBOATS||A flat sledge or drag used for transporting heavy materials.|
|TANTALITES||A mineral consisting of a heavy dark lustrous oxide of mostly tantalum.|
The list of keywords that were found are quite amazing, not just because they are all defying the odds while weighing in at an astonishing 10 characters long, but also because many of them appear to summarize the plain-text from which they were extracted.