Problem

Should the Disciples Take a Sword?

Luke 9:3 - And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
Luke 22:36 - Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

Luke 9:3 says, Take nothing. Have faith I will provide. In contrast Luke 22:36 seems to be pointing to self and and not faith. Why? It appears to also say take up your sword. But Matt 26:52 says "all who draw the sword will die by the sword." Another apparent contradiction.


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If you read the context of Luke 22:36 (verses 35-38) you would see that it is not so much a contrast, but an update on what was said earlier (Luke 9:3).

Luke 22:35-38
35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.

Also, did He tell ALL the disciples to buy swords? Did He tell them to use the swords? No, when two were found he said, "It is enough." The swords were meant to help fulfill the prophesy of Isaiah 53:12 - and he was numbered with the transgressors.

For more details, see the links below.

http://answering-islam.org/Authors/Arlandson/luke_22_36.htm
http://www.gregboyd.org/qa/jesus/why-does-jesus-tell-his-disciples-to-buy-swords-lk-2236-37/

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