Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 14, 2017


Zechariah 11:13 13 “Throw it to the potter,” the Lord said to me — this magnificent price I was valued by them. So I took the 30 pieces of silver and threw it into the house of the Lord, to the potter. (NIV)

Psalms 41:9 9 Even my friend in whom I trusted, one who ate my bread, has raised his heel against me. (NIV)

Matthew 26:14-15 14 Then one of the Twelve — the man called Judas Iscariot — went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?”

Matthew 27:3-5 3 Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was full of remorse and returned the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders. 4 “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood,” he said. “What’s that to us?” they said. “See to it yourself!”  5 So he threw the silver into the sanctuary and departed. Then he went and hanged himself. (NIV)

Judas was one of the 12 disciples.  He was entrusted with the money for all of them.  Judas didn’t understand why Jesus didn’t raise up an army and conquer Rome giving Israel back to the Jews.  He thought he would push Jesus ahead to do this by turning Him into the religious leaders.  After Jesus was crucified, Judas realized he was really wrong.  We often don’t understand the movement of God or His timing.  So often we take things into our own hands.  Eventually we realize we were wrong.  Instead of hanging ourselves like Judas did, we have the assurance that Jesus will cover our sin with His righteousness and we stand forgiven.  When we make the decision to follow Jesus, it is a sin for us to go off on our own way.  We pledged to follow Him.  We can’t follow Him if we don’t seek Him for our direction and timing.  Let us learn to seek Him first before we speak or act.

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