Last night while reading a passage of Scripture in our Bible study class my attention was drawn to the following verse:
Luke 22:55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. ESV
This verse just really caught my attention. It is from a very familiar passage in Luke about Peter’s denial.
54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance.
55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them.
56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.”
57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.”
58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.”
59 And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.”
60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.”
62 And he went out and wept bitterly. ESV
Peter did the following:
- Followed at a distance. (There will be problems when you distance yourself from Christ.)
- Warmed at the enemy’s fire.
- Denied Christ three times.
- Wept bitterly.
You could spend days discussing each of these things that Peter did and how one led to another.
But my specific attention was drawn to the warming at the enemy’s fire.
What does that look like to us today?
How do we as New Testament believers warm ourselves at the enemy’s fire and cause us to fall into sin?