When we look at others – when we assess who they are – why do we do this?
When we look at ourselves – when we assess who we are – why do we do this?
If we cut through all of the red tape and get to the root of our reason for doing so, the reason is actually quite SIMPLE – we are looking to see if what (they)/(us) say matches what (they)/(us) do:
Do we TALK the talk or do we WALK the walk?
In the text, this can be seen very clearly in that eager and lovable Jewish guy Kefa (Peter). Yeshua (Jesus) tells His talmidim (disciples) the following:
Matthew 26:31 (CJB)
Yeshua then said to them,
“Tonight you will all lose faith in me,
as the Tanakh says,
‘I will strike the shepherd dead,
and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
Yeshua is quoting the following verse in the TaNaKh:
Zechariah 13:7 (CJB)
“Awake, sword, against my shepherd,
against the man who is close to me,” says ADONAI-Tzva’ot (hosts).
“Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered;
I will turn my hand against the young ones.
Yeshua tells them that they will ALL (lose faith, stumble, fall away, be led into sin) – many nuances and meanings with the same result . . . defeat. They will all lose faith – they will all be defeated.
However, Kefa has some bold words to say . . .
Matthew 26:33 (CJB)
“I will never lose faith in you,” Kefa answered,
“even if everyone else does.”
You can count on me!!! Even if you can’t count on anyone else! There is a certain arrogance in the lovable Kefa’s words . . . a certain pride that surfaces in these words of his that can not be ignored. However, Kefa doesn’t stop there, he has MORE bold words to say . . . some more bold TALK:
Matthew 26:35 (CJB)
“Even if I must die with you,” Kefa replied, “I will never disown you!”
Bold words that are echoed by the rest of Yeshua’s talmidim (Jesus’ disciples) as well . . .
And all the talmidim said the same thing.
And Yeshua puts Kefa’s pride and boasting in its proper place when He responds to Kefa’s TALK:
Matthew 26:34 (CJB)
Yeshua said to him,
“Yes! I tell you that tonight before the rooster crows,
you will disown me three times!”
The word for disown here is a very strong word. ἀπαρνέομαι aparneomai – (Deny, disown, repudiate, utterly reject). So that you can fully understand how significant this word is, let me quote another part of the text that uses it as well:
Matthew 16:24 (AMP)
Then Jesus said to His disciples,
If anyone desires to be My disciple,
let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests]
and take up his cross
and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].
Yeshua is telling the lovable Kefa that he is talking the talk but won’t be WALKING the walk! You want to really put this in perspective?!? Kefa promises to remain faithful even if he must die, but he can’t even stay awake with Him . . . He falls asleep not once – not twice – but thrice!
Matthew 26:36 (CJB)
Then Yeshua went with his talmidim
to a place called Gat-Sh’manim and said to them,
“Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
A short time later, what does Yeshua find?
Matthew 26:40 (CJB)
He returned to the talmidim and found them sleeping.
He said to Kefa,
“Were you so weak that you couldn’t stay awake with me for even an hour?
Uh-oh! All that talk isn’t matching that walk so good, is it? Yeshua has mercy on them by showing us how He loves and understands when He states:
“the spirit indeed is eager, but human nature is weak”
Yeshua then goes off to pray a 2nd time. What does He find when He returns this 2nd time?
Matthew 26:43 (CJB)
Again he returned and found them sleeping, their eyes were so heavy.
Yeshua again shows us His love, mercy and understanding when the text states:
“their eyes were so heavy”
Yeshua goes off to pray a 3rd time. When He returns, he finds them sleeping . . . again! And in that same love, mercy and understanding, He says:
“For now, go on sleeping, take your rest….
- I will NEVER deny you . . .
- I will die with you if we have too . . .
- Even if everyone else abandons you, I won’t! . . .
. . . unless what you want is for me to stay awake with you.
So how did Kefa do with that rooster thing?
- Matthew 26:69-70 (CJB)
Kefa was sitting outside in the courtyard when a servant girl came up to him.
“You too were with Yeshua from the Galil,” she said.
But he denied it in front of everyone — “I don’t know what you’re talking about!”
- Matthew 26:71-72 (CJB)
He went out onto the porch, and another girl saw him and said to the people there,
“This man was with Yeshua of Natzeret.”
Again he denied it, swearing, “I don’t know the man!”
- Matthew 26:73-74 (CJB)
After a little while, the bystanders approached Kefa and said,
“You must be one of them — your accent gives you away.”
This time he began to invoke a curse on himself as he swore,
“I do not know the man!”
— and immediately a rooster crowed.
Talk is cheap . . . what matters is our actions.
Do our actions match our words?
Do we TALK the talk or do we WALK the walk?
Work on it – it matters!