Fran Van Hoven has a sermon on the call of the disciples. I had questions and some statements that I wish to share and it may shed some light on Judas Iscariot “The Betrayer”.
But first I want to give you a few words that describes a betrayer, disloyal, unfaithful, wicked, evil, conniving, someone who harms you or wishes harm upon you.
Do you know anyone like that?
*********Lets look at Judas!!
Judas name means one to be praised or Jehovah loves. (what’s your thoughts on this?)
Judas sat and ate with Jesus often.
Judas saw the miracles that Jesus performed.
Judas was the only one of the disciples who was not from Galilee.
Judas was an outsider, he talked different, he dressed different, he didn’t fit in.
The 11 disciples didn’t know much about Judas.
Jesus knew all about Judas.
Judas was the treasury and often helped himself from the money bags.
Why wasn’t Matthew the treasurer? He was a tax collector and knew all about money?
Judas position of a treasurer was highly respected it was nOT given out to the greedY or the irresponsible (but Jesus appointed Judas for the position).
It’s funny how Jesus commanded the twelve disciples to drive out evil spirits to heal diseases and sickness and none of the 11 disciples picked up on the betrayal and evil spirit in Judas Iscariot!
Judas Iscariot is always the last disciple listed when the disciples are talked about.
After Judas betrayed Jesus, no one else in bible history named their child Judas.
Betrayer was Judas Iscariot Identity.
Judas always slipped away in the night after dinner to meet with his conspirators.
On the night of the “Last Supper” Judas Iscariot was seated in the third seat which represents honor, it was John, Jesus then Judas Iscariot.
Jesus said in John 6:70-71, Did I not chose you, the twelve, yet one of you is the “devil”?
Just because Judas Iscariot was a disciple, it didn’t mean he was true to Jesus.
Judas Iscariot was not committed to Jesus, committment does not betray.
Jesus told Judas Iscariot in John 13:27, what you are going to do, do quickly!
Judas Iscariot approached the priest to betray Jesus.
Judas Iscariot asked them what will you give me to betray Jesus? 1 Timothy 6:10, for the Love of money is the root of all evil.
Judas Iscariot realized too late what he had done.
Judas Iscariot felt remorse after receiving the “dirty thirty pieces of silver” but he did not repent.
Judas Iscariot had two choices, to be faithful to Jesus and to fight against the enemy, Judas Iscariot done neither.
Judas Iscariot sin caused him to kill himself.
People of God, Judas Iscariot would be known today as a “BACK STABBER”, smiling in your face, eating with you, hanging out with you, going on vacation with you and your family, knowing your daily activities, your likes and dislikes, your secrets, your strengths, your weakness, your desires, dreams and ambitions and then Wham Bam, he or she has betrayed you.
Bishop TD Jakes, made a powerful statement, he said anytime somebody elses significance is diminished by your presence or success they are apt to become a secret enemy. I thought about this and I thought about Judas Iscariot, the Judas spirit has been disbursed in the atmosphere, especially among the Christians. Watch how people react when you enter a room, watch them when you say something, watch their body language when you are talking, listen at how they say your name, usually it’s in a sarcastic or disgusting way, condescending, when you have something to say they tune you out or look disinterested, they always seemed to be preoccupied or put their heads down or look away when you talk. Also watch their associates (associates give you away), they have a secret code that they adhere to and they think they are the only ones who can decipher it. They make snide remarks or they do the total opposite they act as though they truly like you, knowing their mission is to betray you.
You never know if you have a secret enemy or a betrayer, so it would behoove you to stay in prayer and fellowship with God so that He can reveal these things to us and prepare us for the pain and hurt.
Is BETRAYER your IDENTITY?