John Lesson 17 Day 4
John 13:18-21; Psalm 41:9
9. a. Betrayed by someone close—Psalm 41:9
King David wrote the following about Absalom’s treacherous plot against him:
“Even my own close friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me [betraying me].” (AMP)
Jesus quoted David and applied the verse to Himself when He said, “ I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he.” John 13:18-19 ESV
“It is also possible, since Jesus quoted this prophecy during the Last Supper, that this eating of bread, prophesied by David, could be referring to the betrayer sharing the specific bread of the New Covenant, or communion, with Jesus. If so, the transgression of violating this New Covenant would be even more severe than violating the covenant of friendship.” (Andrew Wommack)
Jesus further reveals His identity as the Son of God by fulfilling prophecy.
b. Lessons learned
Jesus knows those he chooses and what they will do. Yet he chooses them/us anyway.
Stay alert. We have an adversary.
Every time we come to a verse or passage Jesus quotes from the Old Testament, I’m amazed at how well He knows the scriptures. Historical tradition says that young Jewish boys memorized the Torah. The brightest went on to memorize all the scriptures.
10. a. Judas loved darkness better than light.
Jesus knew about Judas’ greed and Satan’s relentless attempt to exploit this weakness. Judas gave into temptation on more than one occasion. At this point, it seems greed consumes his thoughts.
Satan does not play fair. He and his hoard observe our weaknesses to exploit them. They hate God, and they hate his followers.
The good news is we don’t have to play. Stay as far away from temptation as possible.
Thankfully, Jesus is our advocate with the Father, and He intercedes for us. If we fall, He is faithful. He promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He comes looking for us and gets us back on track.
b. Betrayal—Deliberate disloyalty
“The act of not being loyal when other people believe you are loyal.” Dictionary.cambridge.org
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9 ESV
Betrayal is especially painful and traumatic because it typically comes as a complete shock. A close, trusted person does the unthinkable.
However, when Jesus was betrayed, he was not surprised. Judas’ betrayal was part of God’s plan and fulfilled scripture.
11. Why Jesus warned his disciples.
Jesus told his disciples who would betray him before it happened so that when it does happen, they will have another reason to believe that he is the Messiah. Jesus did not just find out about what Judas was about to do. “He knew about it all along and told them this so the faithful disciples would remain confident in him.” (Guzik)
Although aware of Judas’ evil plan, Jesus didn’t lash out at him or expose him in front of the others. “Jesus simply made the deed known for the purpose He stated in John 13:19, so they would know He was the Christ. There was no malice in Him, even towards the one who betrayed Him. What a merciful God we serve!” (Andrew Wommack)
12. Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified . . .
Jesus was troubled knowing what was in Judas’ heart and the regret he will suffer. He also knows Judas will not repent but take his own life due to remorse.
“Though John pictures Jesus as in control of the situation he does not want us to think of Him as unmoved by the events through which He is passing.” (Morris)
“This is similar terminology to John’s account (John 11:33), where Jesus “groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,” and could be the intercession spoken of in Romans 8:26.” (Andrew Wommack)
My answers to BSF Bible study questions on John Lesson 17 Day 4