Matthew 26:14-16: 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.16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
I can imagine that Judas was offended by Jesus’ remarks to the woman who had anointed him with perfume. What a waste of money. Was it always that way with Judas? Did he follow Jesus only for fame and fortune? Or did it sneak up on him a little by little? I tend to think that it was the latter. He stole a little from the disciples account here and then. It probably bothered him the first time. In the end he was justifying it in his own mind. But betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, the equivalent of about $3,000? It shows us how hard his heart had become.
There is such a warning in this account for everyone of us! Satan sneaks up on us. He tempts us to act against conscience, and then again, and again. After a while we are no longer repenting of our sin. Remember that he is always setting you up for the big fall, the event in your life when faith has left your heart and despair enters it.
Did Jesus know what was happening? Of course, he did. His words during the supper on Thursday show it to be so. He was calling Judas to repentance every day, just as he call us to repentance every day. Pray that we do not harden our hearts!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I know that I am no match for Satan. But I also know that Satan is no match for you. I pray that I will live by faith every day. Work in my heart daily sorrow and repentance so that the old Adam in my drowns and the new man arises to live with you in righteousness and purity. I ask this in your name. Amen.