“When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”
-Three in Hebrew is written as shelosh in Hebrew & it means completeness. Three has been used 467 times among them; three sacred items kept in the Ark of the covenant; the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that was budded & the stone tablets of the covenant (Heb 9:4), all men appeared before the Lord three times during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of Weeks & Feast of Tabernacles (Deu 16:16), three important classifications of a human; body, soul & spirit (1 The 5:23), the holy Trinity; the Father, Son & the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 13:14), third heaven (2 Cor 12:2-4), Daniel regularly prayed three times a day giving thanks to God (Dan 6:10-13) etc.
-Jesus insisted on the question of love to Peter who had previously denied Him three times (Lk 22:54-62). Peter got hurt because Jesus repeatedly asked him if he loved Him three times but kept calm as he received his restoration. This question was an affirmation of Peter’s role as a leader upon whom Jesus would build His church. Jesus the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world tells Peter to feed His lambs. Jesus our Shepherd who leads us in righteousness also tells Peter to take care of His sheep. Lastly, Jesus the bread of life tells him to feed His sheep, intimating that the church should be anchored on His word. The question of love comes out strongly to us that we love God & our neighbours & as His disciples we are called to feed His sheep as He directs us.
We thank You Abba Father for this far You have brought us. You have guided us, protected us, preserved us & provided for us this whole year; receive all the glory & praise. You have commanded us to love You & our neighbours; fill us with Your love, take away our sins & lead us in righteousness always. As we begin this new week we seek Your restoration in all areas of lives & strength to take charge in our different environments according to Your will. Guide our churches & spiritual leaders Jesus; that they may be anchored on Your truth & remain faithful to Your word now & forever. Amen
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