Matthew 26 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Last days of Jesus Christ #8 Matthew 26:31-35 – How All Will Be Stumbled This Night
|| Mark 14:26-31; Luke 22:31-34, 39; John 13:36-38
MT26:31 Now at this time Jesus told his disciples, “All of you [apostles] will stumble because of me this very night. For it has been written, ‘I shall smite the shepherd and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ [Zechariah 13:7] MT26:32 But after being raised up I shall go before you into Galilee.” MT26:33 But Peter responded: “If all the others are stumbled because of you, I shall never be stumbled!” MT26:34 Jesus said to him: “I tell you this truth: This very night before the rooster crows three times you [Peter] will deny me.” MT26:35 Peter said to Jesus: “And… if it is necessary for me I will die together with you! Never will I deny you!” Also, all the disciples said the same thing.
 Stumble: The Greek is SCANDALISTHESESTHE. BER: scandalized. See notes on the word elsewhere.
 It has been written: The Nazarene quotes Zechariah 13:7.
 The sheep of the flock: See the “one flock” of John 10:16. See Luke 12:32 and the “little flock” of Jesus’ apostles. Jesus had said he came only for the ‘lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ Compare notes on Matthew 10:6 and Matthew 15:24.
 Raised up: A synonym for “resurrected.” Compare Paul’s use in 1 Corinthians 15.
 I shall never be stumbled: We wonder at Jesus’ expression to this presumptuousness. Or, KJV: never be offended; LAM: never deny you.
 All the disciples said the same thing: Or, WEY: in like manner protested all the disciples.