“When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death; And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself (felt remorse), and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed innocent blood, and they said, What is that to us? see thou to that (what’s it to us, that’s your problem) and he cast down (threw down) the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went out and hanged himself.” Matthew 27:1-5
Most pretty much know that story but what had jumped out at me a few months ago was this, the priests, whom we all know was guilty as sin in having this done trying to cover their sins turned on Judas when his conscience finally started eating away and he thought he could somehow give the money back and no longer be guilty of the blood of Christ.
Doesn’t work that way and the priests answer pretty much said it all, What is that to us? WHY is that our problem?
Isn’t that the popular answer today? Not my problem, Not our problem, that is YOUR problem.
Of course the priests knew the truth, they PAID Judas to sell Jesus out to them and Judas was devil enough to do it, as Jesus had already said he had called twelve and one of them was the devil.
When we know the truth, when we can come to the defense of those who cannot for whatever reason come to their own defense and we let them be betrayed, slandered, and unjustly accused because even knowing the truth, it is so much easier, more convenient, and cowardly to just ignore that truth and whisper to ourselves “not my problem” and let others be wounded, vilianized, and left twisting in the wind.
Whispering to ones own conscience to quieten down may work for a while but it is not going to work forever.
Just as Judas conscience finally led him to attempt repentance, I use attempt because we all know he hung himself so even though he may have been trying to forgive himself he failed in the fact that he forget to ask forgive of the ONLY one who could forgive him, the Father.
Judas was not saved because instead of asking God to save him he was trying to save himself.
The greatest weapon the devil has ever held in his arsenal is lies as Jesus said this:
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts (desires) of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode (stands) not in the truth, because there is NO truth in him.
When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own (from his own nature); FOR HE IS A LIAR, AND THE FATHER OF IT.” John 8:44
And as scripture tells us lying is an abomination to God and all liars will have their part in hell along with the fearful which means cowards, which go hand in hand, no shock there either.
So what are you to do if you find yourself surrounded by the fiery darts of the devil being shot out of the lying mouths of those who want attention so badly that they are willing to destroy anyone to get that attention and those sympathetic pats of the back?
Well first, consider it an honour, those darts have being flying at the children of God since the devil entered the serpent and all those of the Old Testament had more than their fair share of digging knives out of their backs and the apostles who were accused practically daily.
Certainly most of Jesus, whose “trail” starred the false accusations of others. Even when it hurts and destroys, it turns as a blessing:
Matthew 5:11,12: “BLESSED are ye, when men shall revile (criticize, condemn, attack) you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you FALSELY, for my sake.
REJOICE, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
So it is to be expected, does not mean it doesn’t shock us or hurt us when it comes but God gave us so much comfort when He said that.
And it also should not surprise us when those who know the truth could speak the truth but refuse to because it is not their problem.
Where do we go from there?
Well, nothing gets past God and the Bible gives us reassurance that even though they may be laughing now and even though they may think that just because they seem to be “getting away” with it, God is very much aware and the Bible has many teaching on how we are to deal with it.
Here is just a sample, Psalm 37:1-13: “Fret NOT thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity (don’t let them get to you)
For they shall soon be cut down like grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be feed (feed on HIS faithfulness)
DELIGHT thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
COMMIT thy way unto the Lord; TRUST also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
REST in the Lord, and wait patiently for him; fret NOT thyself because of him who prospereth in his way because of the man who bringeth wicked devices (schemes) to pass.
CEASE from anger, and forsake wrath; fret not thyself in any wise (way) to do evil (let go of your anger and don’t try to take your own vengeance).
For evildoers shall be cut off (DESTROYED) but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
For yet a little while, and the wicked shall NOT be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth (lying and bad mouthing).
THE LORD SHALL LAUGH AT HIM (laughs at the wicked) FOR HE SEETH THAT HIS DAY IS COMING.”
And no one can stop those days from coming to the wicked, if they fail to repent, those days come and they come with the mighty hand of God bringing that destruction.
One of the many mercies of God is the invisible hedge that is kept around humans, all humans.
Without that protection NO ONE that is saved today would have lived long enough to be saved because the enemy would have killed us off while we were lost because that is his agenda and people can push it a little too far and kept disregarding the tug of the conviction power of the Holy Spirit, refusing to surrender to God and accept salvation and they can be turned over to reprobates to wallow in the sin they so love.
They can be lost to the FALSE belief that hell is one big party where they will have all the sin they love here, being deceived into making reservations for hell and others can just kept tormenting God’s children until they are allowed to witness the truth of the existence of the enemy for themselves.
Alexander the coppersmith was such a person, he is mentioned several places and was quite good at stirring up strife for the disciples and attempting to fight the work of God (Acts 19:32-20:1)
I want to give two passages about this, the first Paul warning others to watch out and writing of those who could have and should have but did not speak up on his behalf and giving others hope when they are faced with similar situations:
2 Timothy 4:14-17: “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works; of whom be thou ware also (also beware of); for he hath greatly withstood our words.
At my first answer (defense) no man stood with me, but all men forsook me; I pray God it not be laid to their charge.
Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered OUT OF THE MOUTH OF THE LION.”
We see God’s grace and deliverance for Paul so what happened to Alexander? The answer is found here:
1 Timothy 1:18-20: “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before (the prophecies concerning the calling on Timothy’s life), that thou by them mighest war a good warfare;
Holding faith, and a good conscience, which some having put away (have rejected) concerning faith have made (suffered) shipwreck:
Of whom IS Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered unto Satan,that they may learn not to blaspheme.”
People who are left to the own devices to fend off the enemy can soon learn just how much they NEED God and his protection.
Those mouths that so proudly boast soon have a way of quieting down and learning to be grateful for the mercy that they themselves never bothered to show others.
Now let’s check out one more story about not quite knowing when to give it up and trusting in the ability to save oneself.
The story of king Ahab, his wife Jezebel, and his desire to take another’s inheritance.
It is really long story, so I’ll highlight most of it but it begins 1 Kings chapter 21, you should read it in its entirety, but I want to start with this verse:
1 Kings 21:25: “But there was none like unto Ahab, which did SELL himself to work WICKEDNESS in the sight of the Lord, whom his wife Jezebel STIRRED UP (incited).”
To get the basics on this story, most know that Jezebel was a pagan, she was evil, mean, and as that verse tells us she was more than happy to stir up trouble and Ahab went right along for the ride, because they were “two peas in a pod”.
The Lord even tells us in book of Revelation that he gave her opportunity to repent, but instead she choose to think she could control the world until God showed her who was really in control.
She was well versed in causing trouble and sparring with the prophet of God but what really nailed her coffin was having a man murdered to appease her whining husband. Ahab had a neighbor who owned a vineyard, and in the desire of thinking he should have everything he wanted he wanted this vineyard to turn into a herb garden close to his house, he offered to trade for it or even buy it but Naboth did not want to sell his inheritance because it had been handed down from his fathers and it was never to sell your inheritance for anyone.
We’ll pick it up here 1 Kings:21:4-5; “And Ahab came into his house heavy (sullen) and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to: for he had said, I will NOT give thee the inheritance of my fathers.
And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.
But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?”
So he goes on to tell her his story, and we’ll pick back up here:
1 Kings 21:7,8: “And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? (aren’t you still in charge) arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
So SHE WROTE LETTERS IN AHAB’S NAME AND SEALED THEM WITH HIS SEAL, and sent the letters into the elders and the nobles that were dwelling in his city, dwelling WITH Naboth.”
So with these letters she concocted a plan to have two men lie and accuse Naboth in the of blasphemies.
1 Kings 21:13: ” And there came in two men, children of Belial (pagans) and sat before the him; and the men of Belial witnessed (lied) against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people,saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king.
Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.”
So she goes on to tell her husband to go get his vineyard , quite happy now compared to his little tantrum of pouting and not eating because he didn’t get what he wanted but because Naboth was now dead nothing stood in his way.
Jezebel thought she was really smart using her husband’s name and her husbands seal to get the job done but God always sees, even when others may not know the truth, God does and Ahab’s little trip to take possession of “his”vineyard land was getting ready to leave a pretty bad aftertaste in his mouth.
1 Kings 21:17: “And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite (a prophet of God) saying, Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whiter he is gone down to possess it.“
In the verses that follow God sent down the judgments concerning them, and Ahab struck with fear repented and humbled himself to the Lord and the Lord stayed the punishment to the days of his sons, but now Jezebel, she is a different story, as her wickedness spans over time and the fulfillment of the judgment against her for the murder of Naboth takes places here.
2 Kings 10:30-37: “And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tiered her head, and looked out of a window.
And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master? (is everything okay with Zimri)
And he lifted up his face to the window and said, Who is on my side? who?
And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs, and he said, Throw her down.
So they threw her down; and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot.
And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her, for she is a king’s daughter.
And they went to bury her; but found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.
Wherefore they came again, and told him, and he said, This is the word of the Lord, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying In the portion of Jezebel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel:
And the carcass of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezebel: so they shall NOT say, This is Jezebel.”
You can’t control liars, and you can’t control what others chose to believe and if no one is willing to stand with you, not ever considering the golden rule remember God does stand with you and remember the teachings of the Bible and rest in the knowledge of this, the lessons learned from the story of Alexander and Jezebel prove what God’s children already know, they might hide it from people but it will never be hid from God.
So don’t ever think lies or letting liars lie with those lies is ever excusable and don’t ever think just because you won’t speak up and chose to let them sleep that will prevent them from one day turning those same lying mouths against YOU.
Φλογιζω360 NBJ 2019
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