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John 18:10
Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.

In the Old Testament when a servant’s time was finished, his master had to set him free if the servant choose to leave. If the servant choose to remain and serve his master voluntarily instead of serving from bondage, the servant would place his ear on the doorpost of his master and the master would drive an aul through the ear and into the doorpost. This signified that the servant was choosing to hear only what came from his master’s house and nothing else. This is taught in Exodus the twenty first chapter. This was written, not so coincidentally, immediately after the law was given in Exodus chapter twenty.

So when they came to arrest Jesus just before His crucifixion, Peter rose up, drew his sword and cut off the right ear of the high priest. The right ear is significant because our right ear is to be turned to the Lord and with our left ear we are to listen to those around us. Jesus was a mediator that stood between God and man and likewise on one side, is our relationship with the Lord and on the other side is our relationship with other creatures. That is why we are instructed to love the Lord with all our heart and to love our neighbor as our self.

Peter had decided that Malchus was hopeless and wasn’t going to hear anything said to him by the Lord so Peter just cut the high priest’s right ear off. Jesus however saw things differently. The Lord wasn’t through speaking to Malchus so Jesus healed his ear. Jesus knew that regardless of the way it looked at the time, that there were some more words that Malchus needed to hear out of the master’s house.

Even though the priest was trying to arrest Jesus and control Him and make Him of no effect, the Lord wasn’t through speaking to Malchus.

Let us not be so quick to judge people and cut them off just because they don’t see Jesus like we do and just because they don’t embrace our way of doing things and practice this religious thing just like we do. Only Jesus Christ knows if He has anything left to say to someone or not. It is He who is the righteous judge and not I.

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