After reading the first paragraph
of Luke 22,
I'm in awe at how much
this story sounds like
what is told in Exodus 12.
and “entering in,”
has my full attention.
Luke 22:1-6 says,
“Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread,
called the Passover, was approaching,
and the chief priests
and the teachers of the law
were looking for some way
to get rid of Jesus,
for they were afraid of the people.
Then Satan entered Judas,
called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.
And Judas went to the chief priests
and the officers of the temple guard
and discussed with them
how he might betray Jesus.
They were delighted
and agreed to give him money.
He consented, and watched
for an opportunity
to hand Jesus over to them
when no crowd was present.”
Luke 22:1-6 NIV
There are so many ways
to interpret this passage.
One way is this -
What we take into our eyes,
our ears and our mouth
will be like yeast to our beliefs
and perspectives -
because it gives rise to the types
that are digested.
If we take in too much negativity,
we can create fear, depression and anxiety;
If we take in a twisted version of truth,
through the pretense of false doctrine,
like a watered-down Word
or a man-made version,
we will be deceived and disillusioned.
On the other hand,
if we take in whatever is true and noble,
right and pure, lovely and admirable,
excellent or praiseworthy
then we will digest Godly thoughts
that we can easily put into practice.
A second interpretation is this -
Judas did not prepare himself to be ready
for the feast of unleavened bread,
which is why Satan was allowed to enter in.
Perhaps Judas did not digest
all of the meat of the sacrificial lamb
before putting the blood of the lamb
on his doorposts?
Perhaps there was something dark,
in Judas’s heart,
that left an opening
for the slug of rebellion
to inch his way in.
1 Samuel 15:23 says,
"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because thou hast rejected
the word of the Lord,
he hath also rejected thee from being king."
It might be eye-opening you to see
that any act of rebellion against God,
through a stubborn and disobedient heart,
is seen as witchcraft to the Lord -
and will result in a just judgement,
if repentance is not sought out.
there could be another explanation -
what if it’s just what God intended?
What if we shouldn’t ask,
but should just accept it as it is?
What if the purpose for the life of Judas
was simply to betray Jesus,
and there was no other reason
for him to exist?
What if God gave him breath
so that he could accomplish His purpose?
Since God is sovereign,
then perhaps I shouldn’t be questioning Him,
even when I think I know best.