26 The ear of Malchus





Luke 22-47-51 (NIV)

47 While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?" 49 When Jesus' followers saw what was going to happen, they said, "Lord, should we strike with our swords?" 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting oft his right ear. 5  But Jesus answered, "No more of this!" And he touched the man's ear and healed him.          
Matthew 26:50b-52 (NIV)
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus' companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 52 "Put your sword back in its place, " Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.
Mark 14: 47 (NIV)

Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.            

Luke 22:35-38 (NIV)
35 Then Jesus asked them, "When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?" "Nothing," they answered. 36 He said to them, "'But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37 It is written: 'And he was numbered with the transgressors'; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfilment. " 38 The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords.” "That is enough, " he replied.

John 18:10-11, 25-27 (NIV)

10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.) I1 Jesus commanded Peter, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?" 25 As Simon Peter stood warming himself he was asked, "You are not one of his disciples, are you? He denied it, saying, “I am not. 26 One of the high priest's servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off challenged him, "Didn't I see you with him in the olive grove?" 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.




Note: Only the Luke account specifically addresses the healing of the ear that's been cut off.

1. Identify as completely as possible the person in need (e.g., age, ethnic origin, religion, gender, social status).


2. What was the immediate, obvious need?


3. Who took the initiative in effecting the healing?

      The person in need?  Others?  Jesus?

      How was it expressed?


4. Describe the actions or process leading to the healing; that is, what was said (e.g., questions, requests, commands) and what was done (e.g., approaching, following, touching, publicly/privately), and by whom?


5. Did the person in need or someone else verbally express faith?  Non-verbally?   Describe how and by whom faith was involved in this healing.


6. What were the evidences that the person was healed?


7. What were the reactions to the healing?


8. What in this narrative led Jesus to minister healing to the person in need?




1.     Why do you suppose Jesus told the apostles to buy swords?

2.     Where and when did this healing take place? What does this healing say about Jesus?

3.     What basic teachings of Jesus are illustrated in this account?

4.     What lesson(s) have you learned about healing from this account?