John Lesson 17 Day 4 Adversary

John 13:18-30; Psalm 41:9

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John 13:18-30; Psalm 41:9

7.  A close friend betrayed David.—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 saying these things to all of you (disciples); I know the ones I have chosen. But this fulfills the Scripture that says, ‘The one who eats my food has turned against me.’ (NLT)

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.

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 memorized all the scriptures.

8.  Stay alert. We have an adversary.

Satan does not play fair. He and his hoard learn our weaknesses to exploit them. They hate God, and they hate God’s followers.

The good news is we don’t have to play. Stay as far away from temptation as possible. I heard a teacher share this story:

There once was a rich lord, who was in need of a carriage driver. He interviewed several potential drivers asking them all the same question, “The road which leads to my castle has many dangerous areas. On one stretch of that road there is a steep mountain on one side and a sharp drop-off into a canyon on the other side. If you were to be selected to drive my carriage, just how close to that cliff do you think you could get the carriage without going over the edge?”

The first man said timidly, “Well, I am a good driver! I suppose I could get your carriage to within 6 feet from the edge!”

The second man said more confidently, “I am an excellent driver! I could get your carriage at least 3 feet from the edge!”

The third man said boldly, “None surpass me in excellence! I am sure I could get the carriage right up to the edge of the road without going over!”

But for all their professed skill, it was the fourth man who was hired.

The fourth man had said, “Sir, if you would give me the honor and privilege of driving your carriage, I would stay as far away from the edge of the cliff 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.

Luke 22:31

 “Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has demanded permission to sift [all of] you like grain; (AMP)

This verse reminds me of Satan’s request to test Job. (Job 1:12)

Acts 5:3

Peter said, “Ananias, how did Satan get you to lie to the Holy Spirit and secretly keep back part of the price of the field? (MSG)

1 Peter 5:8-9

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. (NLT)

9.  Judas loved darkness instead of 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.

John 3:19-21

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. (NIV)

John 8:12

Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.” (MSG)

1 John 1:5-10

This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.

6-7 If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.

8-10 If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God. (MSG)

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)


MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 17 Day 4 ~ John 13:18-30; Psalm 41:9