John 13.18 cont.
18 I do not speak about all of you. I know whom I have chosen; however, so that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “the one eating My bread has raised his heal against Me.”
Intrigue, lies, and deception are things that affect us all. Sometimes we are the victims of these things, but regrettably we may also be the instigator of them.
All political systems are prone to these things and many political regimes have been brought down as a result of them.
In the run up to the General Election the electorate knows that there will be lies told, intrigues and plots entered into, and probable defections from one party to another, all in an attempt to persuade people how they should vote.
Jesus used a situation from the Old Testament to describe what was happening to Him. He was quoting from Psalm 41.9, which is a Psalm of King David, which probably refers to Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathon, who was the son of King Saul. Saul and Jonathon died in battle. Eventually David brought Mephibosheth to live in Jerusalem. However, there was a time when David was a fugitive, fleeing for his life. During that time Ziba, the servant of Mephibosheth, said that Mephibosheth wanted to be king. Mephibosheth claimed that this was a lie.
It is likely that David was referring to this intrigue.
Jesus tells us that what David wrote was also a prophecy regarding Himself and how betrayer was to turn against Him. We know that he had entered into a conspiracy with the chief priests and Pharisees in order to betray Jesus, which led to His arrest.
Jesus only quotes the second part of Psalm 41.9, omitting the words:
Even my best friend, the one I trusted completely – (NLT).
The reason for this may be that, the betrayer was probably never that close to Jesus. Perhaps he could never have been described as a close and trusted friend of Jesus.
Undoubtedly the betrayer was a follower of Jesus, but perhaps he was not a devoted disciple. We do not know.
There are many believers in certain parts of the world who are suffering because informants lie and plot against them. Many of these believers are being sentenced to death.
We must continue to pray for them, that they will be strengthened by the Holy Spirit to endure the dreadful times they are going through.