When Jesus said to Peter “Those who live by the sword, die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52) he wasn’t criticizing Peter for chopping off the guy’s ear!
NO! and HELL NO! 😡
He was comforting Peter with The Truth of His Spiritual Law.
Peter DID NOT live by the sword, he was a fisherman, with a sword for protection, just as Jesus had said “If you have no sword, sell your garments and buy one..” (Luke 22:36)
The people coming to arrest Jesus, the pharisees and the saducees and the roman guards all in cahoots together to unlawfully take him down, for Jesus had done nothing wrong…it is THEY, the mad power hungry crook criminal tyrants, who LIVE by the sword!
All Peter knew is that they we’re coming to take away His Lord and His Friend and he did that which is most courageous and commendable…He defended Jesus! (remember, greater love hath no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends).
And Jesus, seeing this, knowing the love that Peter had for him, comforted Peter reminding him that they will get their due..that they will get what is coming to them…for all that RULE by the sword, DIE by the sword.
And in TRUE prophetic fashion, Jerusalem was later sacked by Rome and Rome was later on sacked by the barbarians.
So, Jesus spoke a prophecy as well as a spiritual law!
And, not surprisingly, the so-called “church”, in their usual fashion, has been getting this wrong for YEARS! 🙄