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Daily Reading: 20th April 2015

John 13.2-4 cont.

2 And supper was already taking place; the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, that he should betray Him.

3 Knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and going to God,

4 He got up from the supper and laid aside His clothes, and having taken a towel He tied it around Himself.

Judas was not acting alone. The devil had already been at work in the heart of mind of this once zealous disciple of Jesus. Judas had succumbed to the temptations that the devil enticed him with.

We can only imagine what some of those temptations would have been. We know that there are times when we are also tempted in various ways. The temptations that Judas faced may also have been felt by some of the other disciples. There was certainly a rivalry going on between some of them, since James and John sought to have the preferred seats in the Kingdom of God. They had asked Jesus this question: And they said to Him: “Grant that we may sit one on Your the right (plural) and one on Your left (plural) in Your glory” – Mark 10.37.

We do not know how close Judas was to any of the other disciples, therefore, we cannot know if he ever shared some of his misgivings about Jesus, although it would appear that he didn’t.

We do know that Judas was in charge of the finances of Jesus and the disciples. We also know from chapter twelve that he was opposed to Mary pouring expensive ointment over the feet of Jesus. He challenged her doing this, only for Jesus to rebuke him. We know from verse 6 of chapter 12 that Judas was known to be a thief: but he said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief and he was in charge of what was put into the purse, which he stole.

The devil used this area of sin in Judas to go to the chief priests in order to betray Jesus for a price, which was 30 pieces of silver.

Therefore, his motive was one of financial gain.

The love of money can be a doorway that allows the devil to get at us and tempt us to leave Jesus and the paths of righteousness in favour of the pathway of monetary profit.

It is the pathway of ruin, just as it was for Judas.

God does not want us to be poor, therefore Jesus tells us: “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need” – Matthew 6.33 (NLT).

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