Matthew 26:53

New Testament

51 But one of those with Jesus grabbed his sword, drew it out, and struck the high priest’s slave, cutting off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back in its place! For all who take hold of the sword will die by the sword. 53 Or do you think that I cannot call on my Father and that he would send me more than 12 legions of angels right now? 54 How then would the scriptures that say it must happen this way be fulfilled?” 55 At that moment Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me like you would an outlaw? Day after day I sat teaching in the temple courts, yet you did not arrest me.

2 Baruch 63:7

Syriac Apocalypse of Baruch

5 And the Mighty One heard him, for Hezekiah was wise, And He had respect unto his prayer, because he was righteous. 6 And thereupon the Mighty One commanded Ramiel His angel who speaks with thee. 7 And I went forth and destroyed their multitude, the number of whose chiefs only was a hundred and eighty-five thousand, and each one of them had an equal number (at his command). 8 And at that time I burned their bodies within, but their raiment and arms I preserved outwardly, in order that the still more wonderful deeds of the Mighty One might appear, and that thereby His name might be spoken of throughout the whole earth. 9 And Zion was saved and Jerusalem delivered: Israel also was freed from tribulation.

 Notes and References

"... After Jesus has gone off three times to pray, asking God if the cup may pass from before him and declaring his obedience, Judas approaches with a large, armed crowd (Matthew 26:36–46). When Jesus is seized, one of the disciples in the garden reacts impulsively, cutting off the ear of the high priest’s servant. Jesus, turning to his disciple, says, “Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matt 26:53). While reflecting traditions of protecting angels evidenced in the temptation narrative, Matthew also capitalizes on traditions that portray angels as warriors at God’s command. For example, there are traditions of angels participating in an apocalyptic holy war (1QM 10:3–5; 12:7–9; 13:10; Revelation 12:7) and 2 Baruch 51:11 speaks of the army of angels ready at the Lord’s command (compare Zechariah 14:5). In addition, one must not forget descriptions of the angel that destroyed 185,000 Assyrians single-handedly (2 Kings 19:35; 2 Chronicles 32:21; Isaiah 37:36; compare Psalm 34:7; 35:5–6). This is recounted vividly in 2 Baruch 63:5–11, where Hezekiah prays to the Mighty One for relief from the attacks of Sennacherib ..."

Bendoraitis, Kristian "Apocalypticism, Angels, and Matthew" in Stuckenbruck, Loren T. (ed.) The Jewish Apocalyptic Tradition and the Shaping of New Testament Thought (pp. 31-51) Fortress Press, 2017

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