A second time is without understanding

Matthew Bible Background

New Testament: Mark 14.70–71

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 14.51–72 on March 14, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Peter was wrong to deny the Lord the first time, but from our human perspective, we understand it. We have been there before. It was not right when we did it. Yet, we all know that we can get caught off guard, and, although that still does not matter, we should still affirm that we know Jesus. However, a second time just has no excuse, because you should have realized your mistake after the first time:

But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, “Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.” Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!”

– Mark 14.70–71

Peter had already forgotten the promise of loyalty that he made to Jesus that same night. Think of all the time that Peter had spent with the Lord. Then for Peter to say that he did not know Jesus just baffles the mind and ultimately tormented him later when he realized what he had done.

Yet, the Lord used this man to change the world for all time. You and I have been so blessed because of the ministry that Jesus gave to Peter.


  • Have you noticed Acts 2–5 and Peter’s new boldness?
  • What changed Peter?

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