Friday, 25 January 2013

Déjà vu: Ahithophel Foreshadows Judas – 2 Samuel 17 (RBHW)

 The more things seem to change, the more they actually remain the same.  Ahithophel betrays David, and sides with Absalom, and for him the story ends in suicide. Judas betrays Jesus, and his story also ends with suicide.

Would it be reasonable to conclude that betrayal or rejection of God and His appointed One (ones) or system constitutes a trip down "Suicide Lane"?  Doubtlessly, a rejection (betrayal) of Christ, "the way, the truth, and the LIFE," has to be suicide, unless….

… Unless before we actually go too far, like Peter after denying Christ, we actually look into the eyes of Christ and see His pitying love, His tender forgiveness, and His earnest plea for us to repent and live.  Oh that in our sinful state we would see ourselves “Through the Eyes of God.”

Dear Father in Heaven, we do declare our hands to be on the side of Christ, your Son.  Our pledge is to stand with Him on the battlefield, and let the chips fall where they may.  But we're happy indeed that our faith is not baseless, for indeed Jesus did declare, "I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." John 11: 25.  So although at times it may seem the risky thing to stand with you, our resolve is to remain where we are.  Besides, You are "holy, just, and good."  Why would we want to go anywhere else.  You are our eternal source, in You "we live, and move and have our being."  Please take away every tendency to sin; every inclination to hypocrisy, so we wouldn't give You mere lip-service, but our hearts would be wholly with You.  This we ask in the name of Jesus, amen. 

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