PETER'S DENIAL : PART TWO How many denials ?
THE FOURTH DENIAL
And he denied it again.
Mark 14:70 *Denial 4*
Still on the porch, after a while those that stood by insist Peter is one of Jesus?s
And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, surely thou
also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them:
for thou art a Galilean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.
And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them.
And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not
thou also one of his disciples?
Peter once again denies the Lord.
THE FIFTH DENIAL
And Peter said, Man, I am not.
Luke 22:58 *Denial 5*
He denied it, and said, I am not.
John 18:25 *Denial 5*
The account continues after the space of an hour.
And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a
truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilean.
One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off,
saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?
Peter begins to curse and swear denying the Lord.
THE SIXTH DENIAL
Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man.
Matthew 26:74 *Denial 6*
But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.
Mark 14:71 *Denial 6*
And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest.
Luke 22:60 *Denial 6*
Peter then denied again
John 18:27 *Denial 6*
THE SECOND COCK CROW
And immediately the cock crew.
Matthew 26:74 *Cock Crow 2*
And the second time the cock crew.
Mark 14:72 *Cock Crow 2*
And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.
Luke 22:60 *Cock Crow 2*
: and immediately the cock crew.
John 18:27 *Cock Crow 2*
And Peter remembered the words of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock
shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow
twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of
the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me
And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
As individual accounts each Gospel record is perfect. Each Gospel account relates three denials. Each Gospel relates one cock crow, with the exception of Mark, who records two.
Collectively, when arranged into the above format, they present a composite; one sweeping story.
The one outstanding feature of the above account lies not just in the fact that it presents a total of six denials, and two cock crows; but that each Gospel interlocks
with another, as interlocking fingers, while still retaining its own sequential continuity!
Each verse from each Gospel book remains in the order written as one big story is compiled from all the fragments.
Verses were omitted in the Gospel accounts since these all dealt with the council interrogation and did not bear directly on the study. The omissions did not pretend
the chronology or the study.
This account should bolster our determination to dig into Gods word since a casual reading obscures and hinders full knowledge and blessing.
Also evident is the importance of studying every word of scripture to derive revelation and exactitude. This can be seen in verses such as; John 18:13 and Matthew 26:57 in regard to Annas and Caiaphas: John 18:18 and Mark 14:53 in
which Peter stood at one fire, and sat at another: John 18 in which Peter stood with them and warmed himself in verse 18, and stood and warmed himself in verse 25.
The simple word them does not appear in verse 25 which differentiates the two and determines placement.
This amazing account should further anchor our soul and spirit to the fact that God inspired these men to write; and to anchor us to The Living Word, The Lord Jesus
END PART TWO