Worshipful Wednesday

Then One of the Twelve— the one called Judas Iscariot— went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. Matthew 26:14-16 NIV

Bet you’re wandering “Emily why you calling this ‘worshipful Wednesday’ when this is when Judas decided to betray Jesus?”

I hear you

It’s a stretch, but I pray you’ll hear me out.

For some reason when I think about Judas and his betrayal I am brought back to the story of Saul. Saul was chosen as king of the Israelites. They insisted on a king so God gave them one. According to 1 Samuel Saul was a loyal worshipper of God and he instructed the Israelites how to worship. He made a big mistake when he disobeyed Samuels instructions (1 Sam 15:3,9) God then rejected Saul.

What happened?

How does a loyal worshipper make such a terrible mistake?

Arrogance? Disobedience? Fear?

Judas was chosen as a disciple (Matt 10:4)

When God chose the disciples he gave them authority: Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with leprosy, drive out demons…etc (Matt 10: 8-15)

What Happened?

Greed? Disobedience? Satan? Did he feel

Betrayed by Jesus?

Both men were chosen, both men knew how to worship and both men fell out of character.

When you take your eyes off of the father and look at how you can benefit, true worship is lost. These men knew what to do, but their hearts were not pure.

John 4:24 says God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in Spirit and in truth

Saul knew how to worship and he let his own agenda cloud his judgement.

Judas know how to worship and he let his own misjudgment cloud his judgement.

1 Samuel 15:24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the end and so I gave in to them. Now I beg you, forgive my sin and come back with me, so that I may worship the Lord”

Remorse

Matthew 27:3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. I have sinned, he said for I have betrayed innocent blood “What is that to us, they replied. That’s your responsibility.”

Remorse

Saul lost his kingship and Judas lost the thirty pieces of silver.

God knows our hearts. He knows we struggle with flesh. Saul had Samuel to give him instruction, Judas has Jesus, and now we have the Holy Spirit.

Jesus had to die for us to be freed. Without Judas betrayal Jesus wouldn’t have been handed over. It’s a hard truth to take in, but this decision he made on Wednesday should drive us deep into worship.

Worship Him with our praise.

worship Him by reading His truth and living it out.

Praise the Lord we have the Holy Spirit. Saul and Judas had the law. Because of Jesus we now have constant access to the inner circle of the temple. We no longer need a sacrificial lamb to atone our sins, Jesus was the final offering.

If that doesn’t bring you to your knees in worship… its time for a heart check.

Dear God,

Help me keep my eyes on you. Help me never lose focus of what matters. I pray that the life of Saul and Judas can be an example of what NOT TO DO. I pray we will never take for granted the advocate you sent us. Thank you for Judas. Thank you for all the bad because from the bad we gained the ultimate gift of salvation. Lord I pray today we stop and worship you. I pray we prepare our hearts for what comes tomorrow.

Amen

Written by Emily Yeager

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