In what’s often referred to as ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ (or ‘The Disciples’ Prayer’) Jesus taught His disciples to pray: “Give us this day our daily bread” (Mt. 6:11). It’s something that we should pray regularly as well; but, from what I gather, most do not. And yet, in our refrigerators and on our kitchen tables, there it is – daily bread. The simple recitation of that reality ought to help spur appreciation for what we might otherwise take for granted. In a similar vein, I think the opening verses of Jeremiah 14 should help us appreciate ‘daily water.’
So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.” (Lk. 23:4)
So Pilate, coming out of the Praetorium, and coming from his interrogation of Jesus, addressed the chief priests and the crowd. There was apparently a growing mob gathering with the Sanhedrin members that were there – we see that Pilate spoke to the chief priests and the crowd (vs.4b). They were likely anxiously awaiting Pilate’s assessment and/or decision. So Pilate announced to those gathered, “I find no fault in this Man.”
And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. (Lk. 22:61a)
This observation is unique to Luke’s account. From a reader’s perspective it takes us by surprise. We knew Peter followed Jesus from a distance (vs.54) but we were unaware of the possibility of each being in each other’s line of sight. Perhaps Jesus was in transit in between trials. Whatever the case was, the providence of God, and the control of Christ, is at this point noticeably incredible. At the rooster’s crowing, “the Lord turned and looked at Peter.” Despite being like a lamb before His shearers, the Good Shepherd still had His eyes on His sheep.
In Genesis 22 not much attention is usually given to the ram. Understandably so. There’s so much in this chapter to marvel at: the testing of Abraham, the way in which Abraham’s offering of Isaac foreshadows the sacrifice of God the Father offering His beloved Son, Isaac’s humble submission as a prefiguration of the obedience of Christ, the parallel between Abraham’s words, “God will provide for Himself a lamb for a burnt offering” (Gen 22:8) and those of John the Baptist thousands of years later, “behold the Lamb of God takes away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29). There is indeed much to contemplate in this chapter; but for now, let us take a moment to marvel at the connection between Abraham, the ram and Jehovah Jireh.