Wednesday, November 2, 2022
“…Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him” (Matthew 10:4 KJV).
After Satan and the Antichrist, he is probably the most despised Bible character. Meet Judas Iscariot!
Carefully consider John 6:64: “But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.” The Lord was not the least bit surprised when Judas Iscariot actually did betray Him. While the other 11 Apostles knew nothing of the real Judas until they beheld him leading that Christ-rejecting mob in the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ understood his heart from the beginning. Yea, God incarnate in His omniscience could read the hearts of all who were supposedly “believing” and “following” Him (John 2:23-25; John 6:15,26,27,43,64-66). Paraphrased, He told the bread-seeking crowds, “You alleged ‘disciples’ do not fool Me!” (John 6:65). Realizing He had looked into their faithless hearts, “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him” (John 6:66).
Satan always uses whatever avenue he can to reach whomever he can. Of course, his sneaky efforts usually go undetected until it is too late. Look at his cheap flattery in Genesis 3:1-5. Observe his clever terminology in 2 Corinthians 11:3,4,13-15. Contemplate his “devices” or schemes (grudges dividing Christian brethren) in 2 Corinthians 2:10,11. Recall his “wiles” or tricks against which we must guard in Ephesians 6:11-18. Whatever weaknesses we have, he exploits them. Yet, we always have a choice to be informed concerning his ways, using God’s wisdom imparted to us so we resist the Devil’s will (see 2 Timothy 2:24-26). Remember, Satan does not take over someone without their consent.
John 12:3-6 suggests Judas Iscariot made himself vulnerable to satanic influence via one specific sin or wicked inclination: “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”
Material wealth was Judas Iscariot’s idol….
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