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Summary: In our study tonight Jesus is drawing to a close His teaching for His disciples. The hour is at hand and His arrest is in the very near future! The disciples have a sense that something is going on, but their spiritual perception is dim and limited.

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31 "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers." 33 Peter said to Him, "Lord, I am ready to go with You both to prison and to death." 34 Jesus said, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know Me." 35 And He said to them, "When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?" They said, "Nothing." 36 He said to them, "But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in Me: 'And He was numbered with the transgressors.' For what is written about Me has its fulfillment." 38 And they said, "Look, Lord, here are two swords." And He said to them, "It is enough."

In our study tonight Jesus is drawing to a close His teaching for His disciples. The hour is at hand and His arrest is in the very near future! The disciples have a sense that something is going on, but their spiritual perception is dim and limited.

Jesus uses these final moments before they depart the upper room to teach these men about humility, dependence on God, vigilance in their walk, the importance of their responsibility to God and a stern warning about the power of the enemy!

Let’s look at our verses tonight to see what Jesus was teaching and how that teaching applies to our lives today!

31 "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers." 33 Peter said to Him, "Lord, I am ready to go with You both to prison and to death."

In v. 31 we find Jesus warning Peter about the enemy, but more than just a warning to Peter, this is Jesus revealing the ultimate nature of our enemy, Satan. It is Satan’s ever present desire to destroy God’s creation. Jesus tells Peter that Satan wanted to sift him like wheat…

Now I don’t know about you but on the surface… in OUR culture, that just doesn’t sound very scary! What is ‘sift’… it doesn’t SOUND very scary or foreboding… well when we look at the word sift we find that it means… to separate, to take out or eliminate, to scatter…

We need to fully understand the implication of what Jesus is saying here. That implication is that Satan desires to destroy anyone who has a relationship with Jesus.

If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, then Satan does not worry so much about you… BUT when we come to know Jesus, Satan wishes to destroy us!

In this passage Peter represents the disciples called by Jesus… AND the disciples represent all who follow Jesus… so this verse is aimed at ALL believers who follow Jesus!

It is Satan’s desire to separate us from our relationship with God! He wants to tear us away from our walk and fellowship with Jesus. He longs to eliminate our witness by taking us out of our bond… by destroying our association with God. It is Satan’s ultimate plan to break up the body of Christ, but destroying us one by one…


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