One of the many details mentioned in the Gospels surrounding the description of the capture and crucifixion of Jesus is the story in which Peter cuts off the ear of a certain Malchus. As with all stories in the Bible, this passage says more than meets the eye from a cursory reading.

Malchus is derived from the Hebrew word melech and means king or kingdom. This Malchus was a slave of the high priest (Luke 22:50) under the old covenant and is therefore a type of the people of Israel, as a slave of the law. From them the kingdom would be taken and given to a nation bringing forth its fruits (Matt.21:43).

Romans 11
8 As it is written, God has given them a spirit of deep sleep, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear, to this day.

deaf, until….
The word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword (Heb.4:12), but the Jewish people turned out to be deaf to the word. They did not recognize Jesus as the promised Messiah and they crucified Him and put Him to death. But their unbelief will also come to an end, God will have mercy on them (Rom.11:32). They disbelieved until…

Luke 22
51 But Jesus answered and said, Leave it at this! (literally, “leave until”) And He touched his ear, and healed him.

Isaiah 35
5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, the ears of the deaf will be opened.

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