Tuesday, 6 October 2020
Title: The Betrayer
By: Pastor Isaac Yim

Psalm 41:9, 55:12-14

These are two Messianic Psalms with prophecy about the betrayal of Jesus:
Psalm 41:9 Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.

Psalm 55: 12-14 For it is not an enemy who taunts me — then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me — then I could hide from him. But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng.

Betrayal is not a nice thing to talk or write about. The victim suffers great pain and grief for a long time. It is likely all of us have been on both sides of it. We have been betrayed and we have betrayed others.

What is “betrayal”? Betrayal is when a person maliciously and intentionally acts to hurt someone by breaking his or her trust. Some similar words that describe betrayal are these: disloyal, duplicity, deception, double-dealing, breach of faith, stab-in-the-back, Judas kiss, or sell-out.

The background of these two Psalms recorded some of the hardest experiences of King David. He was so seriously sick that he couldn’t get up, and his enemies came to spy on him to see how long he would live. His very close friend betrayed him, having raised his heel to crush him. It was at this time of need that King David turned to God for His grace. When David was running from Absalom, David’s trusted counsellor Ahithophel had aligned himself with Absalom.

These verses (Psalm 41:9 and 55:12-14) give us a description of who the betrayer is. A betrayer is a trusted friend, a man of my equal, my companion, my colleague, my comrade, a person I share meals with. Ahithophel was King David’s confidant. They had cherished a mutual trust and confidence. David said, “It is not an enemy who betrays me but a very close friend. If it is an enemy, I could bear it”. Often the closest friend and very often, the people whom we love the most, betray us. It is most painful when this happens!

The betrayer in these Psalms is fulfilled in Judas’ betrayal of Jesus in the Gospels. Judas Iscariot had committed to walk with Jesus as one of the twelve disciples for three years. He had heard all the wonderful teachings of Jesus. He had seen all the miracles which Jesus performed. He ate with Jesus. In fact, it was at the last supper when Jesus exposed Judas as the one to betray him. Judas’ betrayal led to Jesus’ arrest, trial and death by crucifixion and then the resurrection that brought salvation to mankind.

Jesus says in the last days:
“A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed” (Matthew 10:21 NLT)
“Even those closest to you – your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends – will betray you. They will even kill some of you. And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. But not a hair of your head will perish!” (Luke 21:16-18 NLT)

We live in a fallen world. We can expect betrayals in this life – from both friends and enemies. How should we respond when we are betrayed? We often won’t let go. We want the person who hurt us, to hurt. I pray that when we are betrayed, we will turn to the Lord to plead for His grace. Remember that vengeance belongs to God; don’t try your hand at it. Let us not go around like a selfish victim. The Psalmist challenges us to trust the Lord totally. Learn to trust the Lord to handle our lives well; not just in good times, but also amidst our worst betrayals.

Prayer for Today

Dear God, as we ponder on this theme of betrayal, our hearts still bleed and the pain still hurts. Help us deal with the anger and with our heart of vengeance toward the person who betrayed us. Lord, please heal the deep wounds that we suffered, with Your grace and mercy. Lord, we too have betrayed someone whom we love and care for the most. We seek Your forgiveness. Lord, we often betray You too, through our actions, words, thoughts and attitudes. Forgive us Lord, when we sell You out with our choices, our priorities, our lack of passion for learning Your Word. Change our attitude towards You that we will be faithful and loyal to You to the end.

Help us as you did with the Psalmist and Jesus, that in all circumstances and situations You turn each betrayal into blessings for Your glory.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

2020年10月6日星期二
标题:背叛者
作者:严以撒牧师
翻译:陈晓佩姐妹

诗篇41:9,55:12-14

这是两首有关于背叛耶稣的预言的弥赛亚诗篇:
【诗篇41:9】连我知己的朋友,我所倚靠吃过我饭的,也用脚踢我。
【诗篇55:12-14】原来不是仇敌辱骂我,若是仇敌,还可忍耐。也不是恨我的人向我狂大,若是恨我的人,就必躲避他。不料是你,你原与我平等,是我的同伴,是我知己的朋友!我们素常彼此谈论,以为甘甜,我们与群众在神的殿中同行。

背叛不是一件供谈论或书写的好事。受害者在很长的时间里都遭受极大的痛苦和悲伤。我们所有人很可能都有过两者的经历;我们曾被人背叛,也曾背叛别人。

什么是“背叛”?背叛是当一个人毁了某人对他的信任并恶毒且刻意地去伤害对方。描述背叛有以下一些类似的词语:不忠、虚伪、欺骗、双重交易、背信弃义、暗箭伤人、犹大之吻(口蜜腹剑)或出卖。 

这两首诗篇的背景记载了大卫王最艰难的一些经历。他病得相当严重甚至不能起来,他的敌人来窥探,要看他可以活得多久。他的知己朋友背叛了他,用脚砸他。正是在这个需要的时候,大卫王转向上帝的恩典。当大卫逃离押沙龙时,大卫所信任的谋士亚希多弗已和押沙龙结盟了。

这些经文(诗篇41:9和55:12-14)给了我们一个背叛者的描述。背叛者是一位所信任的朋友、一位我的同辈、同伴、同事、战友,并一位和我同桌吃饭的人。亚希多弗是大卫的心腹,他们曾彼此珍惜、相互信任。大卫说,“不是敌人背叛我而是我的知己。如果是敌人,我可以忍耐。”通常是最亲密的朋友,而且常常是我们最深爱的人背叛我们。当这种情况发生时, 这是最痛苦的!

这些诗篇中的背叛者在福音书里犹大对耶稣的背叛实现了。加略人犹大是十二门徒之一,他委身和耶稣同行三年。他听了许多耶稣奇妙的教导,看过许多耶稣所行的神迹奇事。他和耶稣一起吃喝。事实上,就是在最后的晚餐时,耶稣揭发了犹大就是背叛祂的那位。犹大的背叛引致耶稣被逮捕、受审并被钉死在十字架上;之后祂的复活带来了人类的救恩。

耶稣在最后几天里说道:
“弟兄要出卖弟兄,父亲要出卖儿女,甚至把他们置于死地;儿女要悖逆父母,害死他们。” (马太福音 10:21)
“连你们的父母、弟兄、亲族、朋友也要把你们交官;你们也有被他们害死的。你们要为我的名众人恨恶 ,然而,你们连一根头发也必不损坏。” (路加福音21:16-18)

我们活在一个堕落的世界。我们此生可预料会经历到背叛的事-来自朋友和敌人。当我们面临背叛时,我们要如何去应对?我们通常会放不下,我们要那伤害我们的人也受到伤害。我祈愿当我们被人背叛时,我们会转向上帝祈求祂的恩典。要记得伸怨在于上帝;不要尝试自己伸怨。让我们不要有受害者自私的行为。诗人挑战我们要完全地信靠主。学习相信主能够处理好我们的生活;不只是在好的光景里,也在我们受到最糟的背叛时。

今日祷告

亲爱的上帝,当我们思考背叛这个主题时,我们的心还是在淌血并且依然在痛。帮助我们懂得处理我们向那背叛我们的人的愤怒和报复的心。主啊,求以祢的恩典和怜悯治愈我们遭受到的深深的创伤。主啊,我们也曾经背叛我们所深爱和最关心的人。我们求祢的赦免。主啊,我们的行为、言语、思想和态度也常常背叛祢。赦免我们,主啊,当我们因着我们的选择、优先事项以及我们缺乏学习祢的话语的热忱而出卖了祢。改变我们的对祢的态度,好让我们忠心于祢直到末了。
帮助我们如昔日祢帮助诗人和耶稣,无论在任何情况和处境中,为祢的荣耀,祢把每一次的背叛都转化成祝福。
奉主耶稣的名。阿们。

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