Saturday, May 4, 2013

Luke 22:1-6

v. 1-6 "Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people.  Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.  And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.  They were delighted and agreed to give him money.  He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present."

Jews from all over the Roman empire would gather in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread.  The religious leaders were trying to get rid of Jesus and knew that the more people around the harder it would be.  They feared the people, not God.  They could justify murder in this case, yet would have felt no compassion for others who would do the same.  Satan entered Judas, this seems as if Judas had no control of his actions.  We are all responsible for the choices we make even if demonic forces are at work in us.  Judas had a choice to make, and he choose evil.  Why did Satan enter him and not one of the other disciples?  Judas was already going down a bad path.  Judas was in charge of the money for Jesus' ministry and he took money for himself.  John 12:6 "He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag he used to help himself to what was put into it."  Maybe Judas thought that since Jesus was talking about dying and not setting up a kingdom to overtake Rome that his work had been for nothing and he wanted to be on what he thought was the winning side. 

When we are weak in an area the enemy will come to try to get us to compromise.  Compromise is something that we usually don't see right away.  Compromise means: endanger, especially of reputation; suspicion, scandal, to bind by bargain or agreement.  To bind by bargain or agreement is a good picture of what happens when we compromise, we will be bound up with deceit.  The enemy sneaks in and we start to compromise over time so slowly that to us it doesn't appear to be a problem.  Do you have areas that you are compromising in?  I am trying to work on mine so that the enemy does not get a foothold.  Jesus knew that Judas was stealing and going to betray Him and did not say anything to him.  Why didn't Jesus stop Judas from betraying Him?  He was supposed to be betrayed, this is something that had to happen.  The leaders were delighted that they had a way to get rid of Jesus without it looking like they had anything to do with it.  Jesus had to be betrayed by someone close.  Psalm 41:9 "Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against Me." 

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