[crowing once, crowing twice]

[crowing once, crowing twice]

Matt Redman - Facedown

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.

  • I have to the side with you that I often failed to hear the crow because I was too deaf. Perhaps enjoying the pleasures of sin for a season speak of that for me/for many. Thanks for opening this passage to my thoughts. I had never noticed it before. 🙂
    My recent post A Census &amp A Price

    • isn't it amazing how one can spend half of the waking time reading the Bible and studying it, and still there are more and more treasures to uncover?

      glad i could share something new 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing this perspective. I really had not thought about this or if I had heard it wasn't listening. I certainly have many moments when I am too busy seeking my own way to hear. May we be aware of His voice in all things!! Thanks Zee!
    My recent post Today’s Affirmation- I find blessings at the end of the rope

    • thanks for stopping by, Tom.

      i like these "AHA!" times that God sends every once in a while (or maybe more often, but we're too busy with our stuff) – times when we get another glimpse of what He talked about in His Word…

  • David

    Zena, pardon me, but I thought you were going in a different direction… Have you ever been to an auction? Well, in our part of the world, each round of bidding ends in "Going once, going twice…(and then it is wrapped up with)…SOLD!"

    I'm sold on your observation though, and may tuck it away for a sermon next Lenten Season. I like your prayer at the end.

    I look forward to breathing Ukrainian air in a couple of months!

    • David – I am not sure where the name of the blog came from – i needed to call the draft something before running off from work, and that auction idea just slipped into my mind.

      i have never been to an auction myself, but i have read / heard about / seen on TV enough to know what you're talking about.

      you were actually the one who reminded me of that prayer. not sure whether it was on your blog or in Runaway Pastor when this prayer struck a chord first, but it did…

      YAY! Just pray that it will be cooler than now – we got the hottest summer in 20 years (or more, they say)… it's only 9AM right now, but the temps' already 94F… bleh. it's been like this for a few weeks now.
      My recent post crowing once- crowing twice

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