Bible Commentary: “Servant Of The High Priest” The Days Of Lent

March 30, 2012 at 8:35 am | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment

“And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.” (Luke 22:50 NIV)

Thursday night Jesus went to the Mount of Olives and prayed while His disciples slept. Then Judas came with a mob and Roman soldiers to take Jesus to Caiaphas the High Priest. One of those that came with Judas was the servant to Caiaphas. It had been a really long day and Judas came in the middle of the night and the disciples were asleep. Now armed soldiers, torches and an angry mob, rouse them from their sleep.  The disciples are confused and are afraid they are being attacked and cry out in desperation should we defend ourselves or not. Before there is an answer Peter cuts off the ear of the servant. “While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him” (Luke 22:47-51 NIV).

Modern medical science has advanced to the point where doctors can reattach severed limbs, fingers and other parts of the body. What the doctors cannot guarantee is whether the reattached parts will operate at the same efficiency as before they were severed. For instance, if a person loses a finger the finger can be reattached but the doctors cannot make the nerves grow back together. So, in most cases, the nerve damage is so severe that, although the finger is attached, it is useless.

In the case of the High Priests servant, a blow from a sharp blade had cut off his ear. There is much blood, a severed ear on the ground and hearing loss. Today the doctors could reattach the ear but it would require hours of detailed surgery, an antiseptic environment, and many stitches and no restoration of the hearing. Re-read the passage for yourself again do you read that Jesus bent down and picked up the man’s ear before restoring it to his head? What the verse says is that Jesus “touched the man’s ear and healed him”. A literal interpretation of this would be that Jesus touched the place where the servant’s ear had been, and was now bleeding profusely, and caused the man’s ear to grow anew. With one touch the wound is healed, the bleeding stopped, the ear is restored and so is the hearing. This is the last recorded miracle that Jesus does before He dies.

Child of God – Jesus is our High Priest and we are His servants. What Jesus did for the servant of a human high priest was restoration of what had been brutally taken from him. What Jesus will do for His servants is restoration of all your loss. “I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him” (Isaiah 57:18 NIV), “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD, `because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares” (Jeremiah 30:17 NIV), “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25 NKJV). Jesus is our High Priest and He will restore to us that which has been taken from us. All we need to do is let Him.

Our prayer:
Lord, thank you for your great love and compassion. You care for me; you know my losses and needs. You know how much I have been stolen from and how much I have suffered the stigma of being stolen from and the shame.  Thank you for your restoration, there are things you already restored in my life, and there are things that I’m still waiting to be restored from. But the most important thing is that I have you in my life. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time or if you have any questions please contact us. We would love to hear from you.

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