Luke 22:56-60

Luke 22:56 (KJB)
But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him.

Peter was still sitting outside in the inner court and a young girl had approached him saying that he was also with Jesus of Galilee. (John 18:17 KJV) Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man's disciples? He saith, I am not. This girl was one who kept the door in the inner court and was probably one of the maid servants of the High Priest. She recognized him and knew who he was even though he denied it.

Luke 22:57 (KJB)
And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.

He had denied what she said and completely refuted her remarks. The bravery that Peter had shown in the Garden of Gethsemane was now waning and turning into fear as he now fears for his own life. Peter thought that by hiding out with the High Priestís henchmen it would give him a cover and he would not be recognized.

Luke 22:58 (KJB)
And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.

Peter now knowing that he had been discovered as being with Jesus decides to leave the inner court and head out on to the porch where he could hopefully remain anonymous within the crowd. Then Peter was noticed by a second maid and she too made the declaration that Peter was with Jesus. The first maid saw Him as being with Jesus of Galilee and this one noticed he was with Jesus of Nazareth. They both must have seen Peter with Jesus in one of his stops as they ministered all over Israel. Peter must have been of such stature that he was easily remembered.

Luke 22:59 (KJB)
And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean.

(Mat 26:73 KJV) And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. Peter was then addressed the third time by some of those who were standing by. This time they stated that his speech or the fact that he had some type of dialog difference than those in Judaea. Peter was from the north, the Sea of Galilee and they had a different dialect and was easily distinguishable. It would be like hearing someone from Alabama speak and someone from Massachusetts speak. The tone, inflection, and dialect would be easily distinguishable. Peterís speech had given him away and that was not something one could hide easily.

Luke 22:60 (KJB)
And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.

Then Peterís third and final denial was the pinnacle of his repudiation of Christ. He not only told the people that he did not know the man personally but he started to curse. This cursing was not bad language but he was stating that let everything bad happen to him which could possibly happen if he knew him. Then on top of pronouncing curses upon himself, he also swore by an oath that he did know Jesus. Immediately after he made his third denial, then the rooster had crowed and the prophesy that Christ told him came to pass.

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