Rejects The Truth
Psalm 119:125 – I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.
We need discernment so we can understand and apply Scripture where we need help. God’s Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path, Psalm 119:105. However, God’s Word only goes to work when we apply the lessons, commands and examples to our lives.
Psalm 119:18-19 –Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me.
As Bobby and I have journeyed on the road of betrayal, dishonor, disrespect, and disloyalty, God has opened our eyes to several different lessons and examples of individuals in Scripture. These individuals in God’s Word have similar character traits to the individuals that have caused us sorrow, grief, and brokenness. Judas Iscariot is one of these individuals from God’s Word that fits several individuals in our life.
Judas Iscariot’s life was an enormous tragedy. Even though, he spent three years living with and being taught and trained by Jesus, his heart was hard and his conscience had become seared.
Just like Judas, we cannot go to church Sunday after Sunday or attend Bible classes thinking that our attendance will keep God pleased with us. Judas was exposed to Jesus Himself. Judas had truth presented to him day after day, but he did not embraced it, use it, or obey it. As Judas’s heart and mind became more and more hardened, he opened the door for Satan to enter. It became clear that Judas Iscariot was a self-serving thief and he only followed Jesus for personal gain not for a personal relationship with Jesus.
2 Peter 2: 4-22 – v-4- For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; v-10 a – This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority.
Judas rejected Jesus and His teachings for his own sinful nature and he despised Jesus’ authority. Several individuals in our life have done as Judas Iscariot. They were exposed to God’s teaching day after day and by outward appearance appeared to be a true follower, but their inner person, 2 Peter 2: 21-22 – It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”
Bobby and I spent many years walking with these individuals. They were brought into our family and our lives. We give generously not only our money but our time and other resources. These individuals were not interested in a personal relationship with us or Jesus but only what they could gain from us for their own sinful desire. Just like Judas, when it came time to walk the talk, they betrayed us.
Matthew 7:6 – Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.
Unfortunately, these individuals have an unhealthy and unrealistic view of other people in their lives. Just as Judas tried to force Jesus to be the person he wanted, these individuals have allowed their own agenda to see these unhealthy individuals wrong.
We tried to give these individuals God’s truth about the unhealthy and unrealistic view they had concerning these other individuals but “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.” , and that is just what they have done.
However, God is very clear about their outcome. Judas admitted he did wrong, but it was to the wrong people and he did not truly seek forgiveness. True confession is turning from the sinful nature and applying God’s Word to your life day after day.
We wanted better for them than they wanted for themselves!