BetrayalAndArrest-10-11-09 by wanghonghx


									10/18/09                                Betrayal and Arrest

1. Motivate                                                           “When you betray
                                                                       somebody else,
                                                                       you also betray
Consider this quote by Nobel prizewinner Isaac
Bashevis Singer.

Note definition: to deliver to an enemy by treachery

When you betray someone else, how do you also betray yourself?
- you show how you are not a true friend
- you demonstrate your own infidelity

What are common consequences for both the betrayed person and the betrayer?
            Betrayed Person                                Betrayer
- hurt by the betrayal                    - loss of a former friend
- possibly destroyed by the fallout       - you are more prone to act treacherously
- injury, defeat, even death from enemies     another time
                                          - you may not be trusted by others

2. Transition

Today we look at an example of an insincere greeting that was a betrayal
- we consider the seriousness of betrayal
- we look at our own personal tendencies to betray the Lord

3. Bible Study

3.1 Betray Jesus by Actions

Listen for the action of treachery that delivered Jesus to His enemies.

Matthew 26:47-50 (NIV) While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a
large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. [48] Now
the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him." [49] Going at once to
Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him. [50] Jesus replied, "Friend, do what you came for."
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.

What happened just as Jesus finished praying in the garden of Gethsemane?
- Judas arrived
- with him a large crowd
- they were armed with swords and clubs
- sent from chief priests and elders

What do you think the disciples were feeling as they saw the armed mob approaching?
- scared
- mad
- surprise
- indignation

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Why do you think this mob came at night to arrest Jesus?
- this is away from the crowds
- they can do this in a cover up move
- Jesus could be taken out of the picture without anyone around to interfere or object
- also a time when disciples may be more fearful, less brave, less alert

What is especially awful about the way Judas betrayed Jesus?
- greeted Him as a friend
- approached Him in a very personal way
- acted as if they were buddies and in reality he was turning Jesus over to His enemies

Note how Judas addresses Jesus, “Rabbi” or “teacher.” What does Judas’ use of rabbi
and failure to address Jesus as Lord reveal about his relationship to Jesus?
- Judas didn’t consider Jesus to be an authority over him
- he felt no loyalty to Jesus
- the rabbi title was perfunctory or minimal
- the rabbi title was part of the identification process, part of the betrayal

In what way is Judas a negative example to all of us?
- was chosen by Jesus
- had opportunities to hear His teaching
- was witness to all the miracles
- knew Jesus personally
- yet he succumbed to the temptation of money and/or personal offense
- betrayed someone who had done only good for him

Judas’ betrayal was an insincere kiss. When are you most tempted to be insincere in your
actions or words?
- when talking about others
- when talking to someone you don’t like or don’t respect
- when you want someone to like you or approve of you
- to butter someone up
- to get something from someone

When you betray someone or betray the Lord …
- Be honest with God about your failures.
- Share with God your desire to please him.
- Ask God to forgive your sins of betrayal.
- Thank God that He is faithful to forgive all of your failures.
- Rejoice that you can begin again.
- Ask God to help you keep from this sin in the future.

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3.2 Betray Jesus with Misguided Intentions

Listen for how one of the disciples acted impulsively. Guess who!

Matthew 26:51-52 (NIV) With that, one of Jesus' companions reached for his sword, drew it out
and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. [52] "Put your sword back in its
place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.

What did one of Jesus’ disciples do when the mob proceeded to seize and arrest Jesus?
- one of Jesus’ companions (Peter) reached for his sword
- drew it out
- struck servant of high priest
- cut off his ear

What motivated Peter to attack?
- they were being protective
- they were acting in defense
- they wanted to retaliate
- they wanted to prevent this illegal arrest

What did Jesus tell the disciple who attacked?
- put your sword away
- all who draw the sword will die by the sword

When are we tempted to take matters into our own hands out of “devotion” to God?
- retaliate against those who oppose the church
- write nasty-grams to people who try to curtail Christian influence
- get even when someone offends us (just helping God’s judgment process)
- fix it so our favorite person gets a position

In what ways are you tempted to rely on yourself when faced with danger, as the
disciples were?
- I’m smart
- I can figure this out
- I can look it up on Google
- I can find someone who will help

How would Peter’s misguided intentions have interfered with God’s plan?
- if they repelled the mob then Jesus would not have been arrested and eventually
- God’s plan for Jesus substitutionary death would have been sidetracked
- as tragic and unfair as the treatment of Jesus was, this was all within God’s plan
- an innocent man (Jesus) was to die for the guilty (all of humanity)
- Peter was not allowed to derail that plan

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3.3 Betrayal by Abandoning Faith during Difficulty

Listen for evidence that Jesus could also have stopped the mob.

Matthew 26:53-56 (NIV) Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal
more than twelve legions of angels? [54] But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must
happen in this way?" [55] At that time Jesus said to the crowd, "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have
come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did
not arrest me. [56] But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all
the disciples deserted him and fled.

What truthful “boast” did Jesus make?
- don’t you realize I could call on my Father
- He would at once put at my disposal 12 legions of angels
- however, that would thwart God’s plan as revealed by Scripture

What did Jesus say to the crowd?
- are you accusing me of a rebellion?
- is that why you’ve come with swords and clubs to capture me?
- why didn’t you come when I was doing something, like teaching in temple courts
- you think you’re in control, actually all of this is according to the writings of the

What does Jesus teach us through His demonstration of obedience to the Father’s will?
- obedience to God’s will may include hard tasks
- despite difficulties, the end results are the best for everyone
- God’s will is always the best for us … and for His purposes

What happened to the disciples when it became obvious that Jesus would be arrested?
- they fled

In what areas of our lives do we struggle to trust fully in God’s will and plan? We might
wish we could run away like the disciples.
- family situation
- dealing with children
- guidance for a career move
- guidance in finding a mate
- guidance in house hunting

What does submission to God’s will entail?
- recognize God as supreme in love, wisdom, power, authority
- recognize personal lack of wisdom, understanding
- tell God you will trust Him
- ask Him for guidance

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4. Application

4.1 Our Christos book says “The seed of what [Judas] did is in all of us” (p. 252). Wilkes
then encourages us to …
- Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the motives of your heart
- No matter what they expose
- Confess, repent, trust God for forgiveness and strength to go on victoriously

4.2 If you are tempted to “help” God with your own actions
- Don’t follow your own plan
- Follow God’s plan
- Ask Him to show it to you and help you follow it

4.3 If you are going through difficult times
- Submit to God’s will
- Trust His power and authority and love to carry you through
- Resist the temptation run away (spiritually)


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