Luke 22:49-52 (TLV)
While Yeshua was speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judah, one of the Twelve, approached Yeshua to kiss Him. But Yeshua said to him, “Judah, with a kiss you betray the Son of Man?”When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Master, shall we strike with the sword? And one of them struck the servant of the kohen gadol and cut off his right ear. But Yeshua answered and said, “Stop this now!” And He touched the man’s ear and healed him.Then Yeshua said to the ruling kohanim, officers of the Temple guard, and the elders who had come against Him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as you would against a revolutionary? Every day I was with you in the Temple, yet you did not lay a finger on Me. But this is yours—the hour and the power of darkness.”
If you have read through the portions of scripture leading up to the death of Yeshua (Jesus), then you probably remember the scene where the Roman guards found him in the garden where Judas had lead them to betray him for 30 pieces of silver. Picture this confrontation in your minds for a moment…
Yeshua is on the Mount of Olives, likely stressed beyond belief, pondering and praying about the hell he is about to go through for the sake of mankind. The bible tells us that his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. He was praying and asking the Father “If you are willing, take this cup from me, yet, not my will but yours”. Though he is in the midst of his darkest hour, his disciples can’t seem to stay awake to pray.
Enter Judas, an angry crowd, and the Roman guards to capture and take him away. This was it. The catalyst leading to the very events that would fulfill the prophecies themselves as foretold in the scriptures. His disciples rose up in a panic ready to defend themselves. You can imagine things got a little crazy at that moment and one of the disciples cut the ear off of one of the high priest servants.
The disciple that was responsible for cutting the ear off of that servant did so with good intentions. He was trying to help stand up for his master, Yeshua, but in the heat of the moment he greatly injured someone else to the point where it would have been difficult for that servant to hear.
Yeshua was not pleased with this and in that moment, he himself went up to the servant and re-attached his ear so that he could hear again.
Yeshua does this same miracle even to this day. He heals the ears of the lost who have been hurt by believers through mistreatment, hurtful words, judgment, and so on. Though believers have the best intentions to spread the love of Yeshua and stand up for the gospel, sometimes we go about it the wrong way and don’t do it in love. We then spiritually “cut off their ear” and this is when those whom we are trying to reach lose the ability to hear . At that point, Yeshua (Jesus) is the only one who can heal their hearts and restore their ability to hear him.
Yeshua comes out and says “What are we leading a rebellion? You come out with weapons as if you are fighting against a revolutionary.“ He never came out and told his disciples, or us for that matter, “Want to get the gospel out? You need to fight dirty!” NO. That did not reach people then and it will not reach people now. He taught us to do everything in love and respect, like he did. He didn’t need to hatefully judge and condemn the sinners because he was too busy loving and guiding them ending with the phrase, “Go and sin no more.” Why would we not do the same? So many have lost the ability to hear God because of hurtful words or situations that have been exhibited in the “name of Christ.”
I urge fellow believers to hear this. In this world, Love and Respect is the best way to reach others. This does not mean we have to sugar coat everything, because sometimes the truth will hurt, but we do not have to agree with everyone or everything to show these characteristics regardless. We cannot control nor are we responsible for the opinions of those whom we try to reach but we are responsible for how we carry ourselves in the situation, whether or not we are mocked and rejected or if they actually hear us out. As the saying goes, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. We can proclaim and stand firm on what we believe but it is not necessary bring others down in the process. So remember…
Don’t cut off someones ear trying to defend Yeshua (Jesus).
SARAH KORTRIGHT is a follower of Yeshua (Jesus) who found her way into Messianic Judaism back in 2013. Since then, she has been an avid learner of the Jewish roots of the faith as well as the Hebrew language in addition to the other languages she practices. Though she is based in Tampa FL, you will find her jet setting around the world in her free time away from her marketing job. To follow her travels or to simply connect, you can find her on Facebook, LinkedIn, or her upcoming personal blog at theruthprojectblog.wordpress.com