Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.
I want to first start out by saying that this message is definitely a word that God made stand out in my heart as I was listening to his word through audio while at work. I often have times where I am just filing papers for an hour or so and I just hibernate in the file room and listen to the word while I file and when the scriptures came along on this topic, God immediately began to teach me and give me a word concerning this topic. I had never ever looked at this scripture in this way and I know it was God giving me a new fresh word and was going to allow me to use it in the unique way he has gifted me to teach His word to his people. I pray that this word bless you. I know it will not just bless us but pierce our hearts because God has told us from the beginning that he is a jealous God and rightfully so, that He created us for HIS glory and for no other reason. We are in the times that are nearing the end, whenever that is, and although I don't know when that is, I do know that it is closer than it was yesterday and the week before so God all around the world with all those he has given gifts to teach, is pouring out and looking for a people that will be loyal to him and the only way we can be loyal is by knowing the word.
Often we know of Judas as the betrayer of Jesus, the one whose actions caused Jesus to go to the cross. We can be angry with Judas for the pain and suffering his actions caused Jesus. I look at it as... had these things not happened we would not have had a Savior. God showed me during this time with this teaching that it goes a little deeper than that...
Let’s look at some facts about Judas. Not much about his early life is known by anyone. He most likely showed his skill for business so he was appointed treasurer for the disciples. ( John 12:6 ,13:39). He most likely joined the disciples out of pure motives I believe digging in this, but later became a thief. He acted as if he cared for the poor and had this "zeal" if you will for them but it was really his covetousness. Also the way he reacted when Mary had her encounter with Jesus with her alabaster box he was the first to worry and think only of the value of what was in the box and not on the action what she was doing represented.
We know that Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. In the minds and hearts of us as believers it seems very little for the price to betray someone you are loyal to right? Someone that you love! You would think it would be a high price or no price at all to do that to someone you love, saw great miracles from, saw how He loved people. An innocent man. How does that even make sense? Well I want us to look at 30 pieces of silver in Judas days and how much is that really???
During slavery 30 pieces of silver is what was paid for the price of a slave. When a slave was accidentally killed this was also the payment a master received. In Zachariah 11:12-13, 30 he was paid 30 pieces of silver for his labor He then takes those coins and "throws them to the potter". He also made a sarcastic statement about the payment received calling it a "handsome price". This also is a direct reference and prophesy to what happens to Jesus before it even happens and the situation with Judas.
Once I got a better understanding of what this payment signified and what it meant to those in that time. It all came together. Judas was willing and did take the bribe from the enemy that his relationship with Jesus was worth compromising.
Present Day: What are your 30 pieces of sliver? What is the enemy dishing out, as payment for our betrayal of Christ and our relationship with God? And are we accepting the payment? Is the amount worth having a setback in your walk with God? Are those "30 pieces of silver" worth what God has given us? Daily we struggle with things and we fall short daily but I have come to a point in my own personal life where things I know I should not be doing I don't do. If there is a struggle I go to the feet of Jesus and ask him to help me and not take the temptations of the enemy and then after I have done the sin, waddled in it, then try and bring the 30 pieces of silver back to the enemy. At that point we have already done it and now comes whatever those consequences may be. When these things takes place the enemy just looks at us now that we have a conscience of what we have done the enemy "says that is not my problem oh well, that is your problem" just like the Chief Priest did to Judas when He felt bad and wanted to undo what he did. The bible tells us that that we are no longer slaves to sin. We don't have to do them. It is no longer in our nature to sin. ( Galatians 4:7). The Word also tells us that NOTHING shall separate us from the Love of God. I don't just believe that this is only what God feels towards us but, is what we should feel also once we truly understand and accept God as our complete source , and that the trials we face don't have anything on us because we have the source of life itself.
Jesus was not deceived by Judas He knew from the beginning he would betray him. Jesus after watching Judas walk with him, eat with him , Jesus shared pretty much everything with his disciples and then that day of the breaking of bread with Judas and the others, Jesus called him out. I believe this message is our Savior calling us out letting us know that there are too many things in the word that is keeping us from all that he wants to give us. Those things drive out his spirit, the full life that he died to give us. He came that we might have life and have it to the full. (John 10:10). After Jesus called him out satan entered Judas and at that point he had a choice to make. Today since the word has gone out we have a choice to make. Are we going to free ourselves from the things that satan is trying to give us?
Free yourselves from the 30 pieces of silver that the enemy want to give you to betray and alter your relationship with Christ. We have to decide if we are going to be on Team Jesus! We absolutely cannot continue to take payments from the enemy and still try and serve Christ. At some point a decision has to be made. We can't serve two master either you will hate one and love the other (Matthew 6:24).
Christ is looking for obedience and loyalty. It grieves his spirit when we continue to let the enemy have his way in our lives especially when he has given us power over the enemy. We have the free gift. Jesus!!
Today 30 pieces of silver is around 225.00 USD. When I think of the things that have come between my relationship with Christ or can if I let the enemy enter in, this payment is truly a low blow to my savior when I think of it personally in my life. Lastly I ask you again sister what are the 30 pieces of sliver the enemy is putting in your way from your complete loyalty to Christ? Those things that keep you going backwards, being stagnant and not being able to have the fullness you know you can have if you just stop letting the enemy bribe you in that one area or areas?
I pray this message bless you. It was a tough message for me because as God was given me this I had to examine my own life and make sure I am not allowing this to happen in my life and if there are things whether big or small I need to pray, ask for forgiveness and turn away from it. In the times that we are in honestly my sister we don't have time not to do this. Watching the world around me and how prevalent the enemy is now with Christ coming being closer than it was in bible times, some that wander back into the world and take the payments from the enemy don't make it back and are dying in their sin in the mess that God brought them out of. I pray for everyone reading this that it bless you tremendously and that you share this teaching with someone else. If you would like prayer on this topic or whatever prayer you feel you need after reading this please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to pray with you and for you.