[CF Devotionals] 2010-04-03 - Betrayal

Psalm 41:9, “Even my close friend, in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against Me.”

The betrayal of Christ is certainly one of the events in history that goes down as worst of all. A close friend betrayed him. One who was part of His close group of friends, the twelve, betrayed him. There is much that could be said here, but today I would like to look at three of the types in the Old Testament, three who were betrayed in a similar manner as Christ was, and are in this way types of Christ.

The first is Joseph. As Judas sold Jesus for the price of a slave, so was Joseph was sold by his brethren into slavery. “’Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; for he is our brother, our own flesh.’ And his brothers listened to him.” In like manner, Judas sold Jesus. Notice that Judas did not even sell Jesus for a set price. Judas says, “What are you willing to give me, to deliver Him up to you,” Matthew 26:15. Judas gets what he can for Jesus. The chief priests get a bargain. In the act of being sold, Joseph is a type of Christ.

Another figure from the Old Testament, who was bound by his own countrymen and given over to those who sought him, was Samson. “We have come down to bind you, so that we may give you into the hands of the Philistines,” Judges 15:12. The 3000 men of Judah who came to Samson spoke this (Judges 15:11). Judas was but one, but he went a little further and betrayed Christ with a kiss. It seems a little thing, but it is a great offense. A kiss is the way that one would greet a king or ruler. Judas acknowledges Christ’s kingship, in the act of betrayal. Certainly, Samson is also a pre-figure of Christ, in this sense, as those who were closest to him were the ones who turned him over.

Another Old Testament figure who was a type of Christ is David. David was a type of Christ in many ways, but also in betrayal. David was deserted by Ahithophel, who was a close friend and counsel. “Now someone told David, saying, ‘Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.’ And David said, ‘O Lord, I pray, make the counsel of Ahithophel foolishness,’” 2 Samuel 15:31. In a similar way, Judas, who was a close companion with Christ and trusted with authority (he held the money bag), betrayed our Lord.

We have looked at three Old Testament types that pre-figure, in some manner, the betrayal of Christ. There are similarities, but they cannot really compare to the great injustice done by Judas. He had been a close associate of Jesus, but he was in it for himself. When he realized that Jesus was not going to be king, he followed his true heart's desire – himself. We need to examine our own hearts. Why do we follow Jesus? Are we servants of Christ because we love Him, or are we seeking personal gain? Judas was seeking what Christ could do for him, not what he could do for Jesus.

Let none of us be like Judas.

Soli Deo Gloria,

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