[crowing once, crowing twice]
The other day I was going home in a bus and listened to audio-drama Bible on my iPod. The New Testament chapters were on random and among other passages, Mark 14 turned on and as I listened a thought suddenly struck me which never occurred to me before.
Peter blurted out, “Even if everyone else is ashamed of you when things fall to pieces, I won’t be.” Jesus said, “Don’t be so sure. Today, this very night in fact, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”
Mark 14:29-30, MSG
Peter got really nervous and swore, “I never laid eyes on this man you’re talking about.” Just then the rooster crowed a second time. Peter remembered how Jesus had said, “Before a rooster crows twice, you’ll deny me three times.” He collapsed in tears.
Mark 14:71-72, MSG
Mark (and ultimately Peter, who, according to the tradition, was sharing all the stories with Mark) said the rooster was supposed to crow twice.
I know the other Gospels just mention the fact that the rooster was supposed to crow, yet Mark (read: Peter, for whom this story was rather a personal and touchy subject) for some reason mentioned the detail about the number of crows.
I might be wrong, but the thought that occurred to me the other day…
Why didn’t Peter hear the first time when the rooster crowed? Was he too busy denying that he knows Jesus that he did not even pay attention to the crowing of the rooster?
It was really convicting for me as I reflected upon my own decisions and actions. How often do I miss the first warning or am too busy doing my own thing (that I initially said I won’t do at all…)…
Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.