July 19, 2016

Dead Give-Away

After Jesus was arrested Peter disowned Him three times. Twice two different servant girls identified Peter as being with Jesus; and then those standing around confronted him, “…Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away” (Matt 26:73 NIV). It wasn’t Peters actions, deeds or spoken witness that gave him away as being a disciple of Jesus…it was his accent. It’s sad to say, but many of today’s proclaimed disciples don’t even have an accent that gives them away.

1 comment:

Steve Corey said...


-----The girl was actually being illogical. If there was some sort of distinct accent rubbed off Jesus onto His followers which only they had, she would have been logical. But the accent she was referring to was the Galilean accent of Peter. They were all known as being from Galilee. So surely, if Peter had a Galilean accent, he was with Jesus, as if nobody else from Galilee except Jesus and His disciples were there at the city crowded full of pilgrims for the Passover. It wasn’t by her poor logic that she was correct.
-----Despite the girl’s lack of rationale, Peter’s accent makes a great analogy. An accent is learned at the core of the speech center, usually at a very young age, by just being a part of the culture of the accent. And no matter how long one lives within a culture of different accent, clear vestiges of the original accent will remain unless deliberately washed away with careful training and much practice.
-----New life in Jesus is something which registers at the core of who you are. It effects concepts and attitudes there, bringing every thought into captivity of the Word of truth. Soon, like an accent, the ideas and attitudes you express will become very distinct from those of the souls living in rejection of the obvious truth about life and the Lord. Noting someone’s heritage with the Lord by that “accent” is completely logical, for it derives from nowhere else. “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds.” (Heb 10:16)

Love you all,
Steve Corey