They Sold Me Out!

They Sold Me Out!

Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?" And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him. Matthew 26:14-16 (NKJV)

There is a song by the singer/songwriter Van Morrison titled, They Sold Me Out.  It is a song that speaks about Judas Iscariot - one of Jesus' 12 Disciples - selling him out for 30 pieces of silver - given to him by the Pharisees.  

Q:    Why would the very people who were waiting for their Messiah, kill the Messiah?

A:    Pride!

Both the Pharisees and Judas were very prideful, and Jesus had just recently openly rebuked both of them for doing improper things in the name of God.   Judas was rebuked when he had spoken negatively to Mary after she poured out a jar of expensive perfume upon Jesus in an act of worship (John 12:4-5).  The Pharisees were openly rebuked by Jesus; corrected for their sins and when He called them "hypocrites." (Mt. 23:13).  

These people were looking for the Messiah, but they were looking for someone who fit into their own manmade image and concept of what they felt a Messiah should look and act like.  When Jesus didn't fit into their preconceived mold and then chose to confront them in their sin, they then became enraged and attacked Him.

We can find ourselves caught up in this same type of pride when others confront us for our improper actions.  It can be very frustrating when another person verbally questions our lifestyle - simply pointing out how it doesn't line up with what the scriptures clearly teach.  

So when we find ourselves being confronted in our sins do we respond by attacking our Christian brothers or sisters?  Do we find ourselves attacking Christianity or even Christ because we are too prideful to acknowledge we're wrong?  And if we do find ourselves on the attack we must then ask ourselves if we are any different than the Pharisees?

I want to encourage you to think about this when someone holds you accountable.  We must ask ourselves:

Q:    Is there merit in their words; am I doing what they are claiming?  
Q:    Are my actions in line with God's Word, or am I in error?

Hear me in this - the person holding us accountable may be in error as well if they are not doing it in love, but that doesn't negate our responsibility.  We must be willing to examine the facts and adjust our way of thinking, and our lifestyle to line up with what God has outlined, and what we already know to be true in our hearts.  

Hey Christian, each of us will at some point be tempted to respond in pride, it's the nature of our flesh.  Pride is one of the more sneaky sins to find refuge in our mortal bodies, and it can make us do some crazy stuff.  Sure, it can be frustrating when someone is holding us accountable - even if it is done in love.  But this is no excuse for us not to get it right with God.  Anything less is selling out!  It might not be thirty pieces of silver, but whatever it is, it isn't worth it.

STUDY QUESTION: How much did Judas sell his soul for?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself frustrated at someone who has confronted you about something that you were doing wrong?

APPLICATION: Be willing to look at your self to see if there is anything you need to confess and repent of when being confronted. Don't let the enemy get a foothold in your life because of pride.  Confess anything sinful and repent immediately.  God will restore you and guide you right back onto the proper path.

Father, thank You for Your love and accountability.  Show me the areas of my life where I need to get right with You.  I pray for You to open my eyes to my transgressions when being confronted by another person.  Help me to get past who is holding me accountable.  I pray for Your strength to keep me from defending my sin by blame shifting or pointing out sin in their life. I ask for Your unfailing love and forgiveness, and seek to go in a right direction.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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