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30-Pieces of Silver
3/22/2010

30-Pieces of Silver

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. Matthew 26:14-15 (NKJV)

30-Pieces of silver - Its what Judas sold his integrity for.  We can read this historical account of a disciple who betrayed Jesus - God in the flesh, and we can be blown away.  Just to ponder that he could have done something so wretched at all, yet alone for such a small enticement of money is mind-boggling.  It was the same price that would have been given to purchase a common slave in those days.

So here was the setting.  Jesus had just fed a multitude of people who had been following Him and had not eaten in 3-days.  The bible says five thousand men, not including women and children, were fed with just 7-loaves of bread and a few fish.  So roughly 15-thousand people were there to listen to Jesus speak.  Many of these people knew that Jesus was the Promised Messiah who had been prophesied, and He was to usher in the New Kingdom - but it was not the Earthly Kingdom that they had thought.

Judas was one of those who realized this as he repeatedly watched Jesus build up large bodies of followers by preaching Gods message to them; only to walk away and disperse the crowd.  These were the worlds first Mega-churches and this was against any logic of building up a kingdom of followers by mans reasoning.  Judas, along with many others expected an overthrow of the current powers to be, and it would have probably discouraged him since he had probably hoped for a prominent position in that New Kingdom that would afford him worldly success.  But then again, Jesus had already addressed those who had hoped for worldly success, as recorded earlier in Matthew.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)

As crazy as this choice of Judas is, I feel that we, too, can be tempted much like him.  I am not suggesting that someone is going to walk up to you at some point in the near future and offer you 30-pieces of silver to turn your back on God, but I do believe we will at some point face the temptation to become discouraged though. There are many people within the body of believers who can become discouraged when they don't see the success that they had anticipated or hoped for in following Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Hey, maybe our business still went bankrupt even though we followed Him, read our bibles, and went to church.  Maybe we still ended up in a divorced marriage even though we tried very hard to follow Him and be the spouse He had asked us to be in His Word.  Maybe we were even attacked in our business or in our marriage because we applied these Christian principles.  The fact of the matter is that it could be any number of things that didn't work out and we became discouraged and disheartened.  We may have even been tempted to walk away from Jesus and our daily walk with Him.  

As Christians, we are going to have times where we are confused, discouraged or even tempted to step back in our walk with God, and so it is important for us to identify these times when they are happening, because it can mean the difference between our peace of mind and Christian growth, or our being filled with anxiety, fear, discouragement and even the loss of hope.

We need to know that Jesus suffered these tests and temptations, just like we do, and we can be encouraged by how He handled them.  Hebrews lays out an outline for us to apply and to follow perfectly - look to Jesus and imitate Him.

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. Hebrews 12:1-3 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today.  Maybe you are facing a tough situation and you are finding yourself discouraged in your walk - maybe even wondering where God is during your time of need.  Keep your eyes on Jesus and do what you know to be right, regardless of how it is received by others.  Stay focused on His will, and His ways and continue to ask that the Holy Spirit lead you in every step.  If we are faithful to do this, we can know with full assurance that we have done everything within our power to be what God has called us to be.  Now, lets let God handle the future and be glorified in our actions.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to our becoming discouraged with our situation?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to do things God's way, regardless of what happens, or how it is received?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord each day for the filling and leading of the Holy Spirit.  Now walk in His ways in peace.

Father, Thank You for Your guidance and leading of my life.  Fill me up with Your Holy Spirit today so that I may be empowered to do all that You are going to lead me to do.  Guide me today in my path and help me to make wise choices.  Fill me with Your wisdom and discernment today.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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