“Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out.”
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 1:18 (MSG) — 18 “As you know, he took the evil bribe money and bought a small farm. There he came to a bad end, rupturing his belly and spilling his guts.
Acts 1:18 (NIV) — 18 (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out.
Acts 1:18 (NLT) — 18 (Judas had bought a field with the money he received for his treachery. Falling headfirst there, his body split open, spilling out all his intestines.
Thoughts Of Devotion:
One of the saddest and most painful stories that teach us how greed can come to completely damage a person is the story of Judas, one of Jesus’s disciples. When we see the example of Judas, it should lead us to do a self-examination of our own hearts to avoid the same path that lead him to eternal destruction as he was one of the 12 men closest to Jesus. Like the scripture tells us, Judas “for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.”
Imagine for a moment having had the privilege to be chosen by Jesus himself to be part of his earthly ministry. From having a unique and unmatched opportunity to be named one of the 12 apostles of the Master. What a privilege! But we see that it all went to waste because of the greed he had in his heart. To this day, anytime his name is mentioned, it comes with a negative connotation. Even the bible, when his name is mentioned, he is always at the end of the list and is known as a traitor, “Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor.”
Judas’s sin was betrayal, but if we see more on betrayal, it was a root of greed that was deeply rooted in his heart. The enemy cunningly used greed to possess Judas to betray Jesus. Let us think, until what point does greed have the power to use us as a mortal instrumental of the enemy. We see how the bible expresses to us how the enemy sowed in his heart, “And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him.”
During his time alongside Jesus, Judas showed the mark of greed in his life and ministry. When he saw others give generously to God, it bothered him and angered him. On one occasion, the bible registers when a women poured an expensive perfume on Jesus. Judas was the first one to be offended and get bothered explaining, “But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said.”
What about us this morning? What place does greed have in our lives? What attitude do we have when we give or towards those that give for the work of God? Let us pray that the Lord will take care of us from getting to that point in our lives when our greed will destroy us and lead us to ruin God’s destiny for our lives. Judas changed it all for so little! His greed was so great that he was blinded by the amount of 30 pieces of silver. What a sad condition he was in. His life ended sadly, scripture tells us, “Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!” 5 Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself. (Matthew 27:3-5)
May the Lord help us this morning accomplish our destiny and purpose in Him. That we never let greed blind us! That we never lose everything God has for our lives for the greed of 30 pieces of silver. Let us understand that God has so much more for us, but it will require us to be sincere and let the Holy Spirit work in our lives. May we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us completely. Let us cry out with sincerity in prayer, Lord do your work in me!
Matthew 27:3-10 (NKJV) — 3 Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!” 5 Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself. 6 But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.” 7 And they consulted together and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. 8 Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced, 10 and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”
Matthew 26:14-16 (NKJV) — 14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. 16 So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.
Luke 22:3-6 (NKJV) — 3 Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. 4 So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them. 5 And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 So he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude.
Job 20:12-15 (NKJV) — 12 “Though evil is sweet in his mouth, And he hides it under his tongue, 13 Though he spares it and does not forsake it, But still keeps it in his mouth, 14 Yet his food in his stomach turns sour; It becomes cobra venom within him. 15 He swallows down riches And vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.
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