Today’s Reading: Zechariah 10:1-11:17 (additional reading: Psalm 146:1-10 & Proverbs 30:33)
In 11:12-13 we see the prophecy which would be later fulfilled by Judas. Not many people in human history had a greater opportunity for success and happiness than did Judas Iscariot. Yet, since his death, he has ranked at the top of the list among those who also betrayed the Lord. Luke called him a traitor. John the Beloved labelled him as a thief. And even Jesus Christ, the tender Man from Galilee, said, “It had been good for that man If he had not been born” (Matthew 26:24).
The picture of Judas Is a typical picture of many thousands of our day. Judas was honoured to have his flame Included by our Lord among the Twelve. Had he not sold Christ for 30 pieces of silver, Judas might have been one like the Apostle Peter who, as he passed by the multitudes, they were made whole. Instead, his life has cast a shadow of reproach through which no noble person dares walk. Whereas, today no mother dares name her child “Judas’ because of the stigma.
In Bible days, the naming of a child meant a great deal more than it does today. In giving names to their children, the parents expressed their wishes and desires. The name Judas means “the praise of God” or “confessor,” which is evidence that his parents had a great desire that he would glorify God and magnify His name. He who had every opportunity to praise God became the son of perdition, went to a suicide’s grave, and caused a potter’s field to be purchased with his blood money.
Judas was a man of opportunity. He had a close and constant fellowship with the Lord. He had even been ordained of the Lord to heal the sick and to cast out devils. He was a bosom friend of the Lord, for at the Last Supper John sat on Christ’s right hand and Judas on His left. For three years, he had listened to the music of His Master’s voice; he had been guided by the light of His countenance, but now he had listened to the siren voice of the world. In the light of all of these opportunities, the Bible said, “And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver” (Matthew 26:15).
Judas received 30 pieces of silver but never received benefit from it. Man soon discovers that, with God left out, the world is empty. Though you may not have sold Christ for silver, what have you accepted in exchange for experiencing the fullness of what God has for you? Anything, whatever it may be, that stands between you and God and causes you to refuse to yield yourself to Him, is the price for which you are selling out for. God has something better for you, don’t sell out for the things of the world, but rejoice in His fullness!
what have you accepted in exchange for experiencing the fullness of what God has for you?
Father, Thank You that You have only good planned for us. Help us not to trade You in for the desires of the flesh. In Jesus’ name, Amen