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.
“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）
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