Prayer for the day
Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous stumble.
Scripture for the day
It seems built into our very DNA. We believe ourselves to be loyal, to be dedicated and committed to our spouse, our kids, our job, our God. Yet when push comes to shove, when our expectations go unmet or ar met poorly, we revert to that side of us that is given to selfishness, to depravity, to treachery.
Judas Isacariot is roundly considered the bad guy. In every piece of literature that deals with Jesus, if Judas is mentioned, it’s not in a favorable light.
Judas was likely the one who wanted Jesus to overthrow the Romans. Judas wanted the Israelites to regain what had been there. Judas just wanted what everyone else wanted. He was willing to do anything to get it. Most of us would have called him a patriot, or at least that he did the thing that may have not been good, but was right. Jesus was supposed to change everything, but he failed, and so Judas had to make sure that he didn’t follow a failure.
We ought to sympathize with Judas. We’re just like him.
Or consider Rehoboam, Jeroboam, and the man of God in the book of 1 Kings. All three are perpetrators and/or victims of treachery. Rehoboam is betrayed by his advisors, who give him awful advice. Jeroboam is betrayed by Rehoboam. And the man of God is betrayed or at least fooled by the old prophet, who tricks him into coming back to his house for some food and drink, in direct contradiction to the word of God which had come to him.
Trickery, treachery, and general “stabbing-in-the-back” make up who we are. We are people who understand that the best and the highest things in life, loyalty, honour, and faithfulness, are too easily subverted by the wicked.
Let us understand, learn from, and overcome treachery, in favour of faithfulness, loyalty, and obedience.