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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lord Betrayed

Jesus Predicts His Betrayal

John 13:18-30

18“I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture:
‘He who shares My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.’
19I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He.
20I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts Me; and whoever accepts Me accepts the One Who sent Me.”
21After He had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray Me.”
22His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them He meant. 23One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one He means.”
25Leaning back against Jesus, he asked Him, “Lord, who is it?”
26Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon.
27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.
“What you are about to do, do quickly,” Jesus told him,
28 but no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the Feast, or to give something to the poor.
30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.


We read in, Psalm 41:9;

“Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared My bread, has lifted up his heel against Me.”

This is either a direct prophecy of the treachery of Judas, or it is a fact in David's distresses which our Lord found so similar to the falsity of His treacherous disciple, that He applies it to him, John 13:18.

Even my close friend, whom I trusted - What we translate ‘mine own familiar friend’, איש שלומי ish shelomi, is the ‘man of my peace’. The man who, with the שלום לך shalom lecha, peace be to you! kissed Me and thus gave the agreed-on signal to my murderers that I was the person whom they should seize and carry away.

He who shared My bread - This was applied by our Lord to Judas, when eating with him out of the same dish. The case referred to was one of a class; or that, as it was accomplished in the case of David, so in a similar sense it was accomplished in the case of the Lord.
In other words, Judas was regarded as belonging to the same class as the individual to whom the psalm refers. He was one to whom the language of the psalm was applicable. Possibly it may refer to Ahithophel, his counselor, the man of his peace, his prime minister; who was the strength of Absalom’s rebellious conspiracy. 
The Lord endured the same kind of suffering which the person did who is referred to in the psalm.

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