Sorry for opening so many threads but here is another burning interpretation that I’ve been presented multiple times with of Luke 22:36-38.
I refer you to Luke 22:36-38 where Our Lord commanded His followers to purchase a sword even if they had to sell their cloak to do it. The “sword” (Greek: maxairan) is a dagger or short sword that belonged to the Jewish traveler’s equipment as protection against robbers and wild animals. Pretty much the equivalent of what a gun is today. A plain reading of the passage indicates that Jesus approved of self-defense.
Let us also not forget that God rejected Saul as King of the Jews for FAILING to use the sword in executing the King of Amalek in 1 Sam 15:10-23 … clearly showing that being a pacifist was NOT pleasing to God and sometimes a sword or a gun is the correct response.
So in the 21st Century that means you need to own firearms for self-defense.
I was always under the impression that Jesus was speaking to fulfill prophecy and in the other instance to arm one self Spiritually.
Is there any merit to the above persons interpretation? Is this an accepted interpretation in Theological circles.