Mark 14:66-72

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Peter's Denial of the Lord Jesus

Mark 14:66-72

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Lesson Number 64

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The heart of man is very deceitful.
  2. True faith perseveres.

Practical Application

  1. Does our love stand the test of fear?
  2. Have you heard the rooster crow lately?


  1. Where was Peter warming himself?
  2. What trial was going on during that time?
  3. What clue showed that Peter was a Galilean?
  4. Who accused Peter? Of what was he accused?
  5. What is a characteristic of a true saving faith? Does this apply to Peter? Does it apply to Judas?
  6. What casts out fear?
  7. Was Peter scared?


  1. By the fire in the lower courtyard of the home of Caiaphas, the high priest.
  2. The religious trial of the Lord Jesus, which was taking place upstairs where the Sanhedrin was gathered.
  3. His speech. The Jews of Palestine spoke Aramaic. People from the Galilean area spoke Aramaic with a definite accent, different from those in Jerusalem.
  4. A servant girl of the high priest. She accused him of being with Jesus, then of being "one of them," and finally, of being a Galilean.
  5. Perseverance. Although Peter denied the Lord, he came back to serve Him faithfully. After the Lord restored Peter, he served even unto martyrdom. Judas was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver, but he never exercised faith.
  6. Love. "Perfect love casts out fear." (1 John 4:18)
  7. Yes. Wouldn't you be?


  1. Failure can cause a Christian to weep over his sin and denial of the Lord, and to re-evaluate his life and return to the Lord. This happened in Peter's case. Has it ever happened to you?
  2. Have you heard a rooster crow lately?


  1. Take a lesson from Peter, and persevere in your faith.

Key Verses

  • "Jesus said, 'Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.' Peter wept." (Mark 14:72)

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