BETRAYING PRAISE’S OFFENSE AT MINISTRY THAT TOUCHES GOD
Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he care for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always. Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus. (John 12: 4-11).
Judas, whose name is the Greek form of Judah, means let Him be praised. He was offended at the ministry that touched God. He preferred to deny Jesus the true sacrifice of praise and instead merchandize it for temporal pleasure. He was a weapon for the adversary, the thief, and sought to subvert the true victory of Christ. The depth of his evil is exposed by the Holy Spirit in mentioning the price he sought. Three hundred is the Bible number for victory in conflict. The devil’s whole plan was to stop the mission of Messiah. Praise God, the devil failed completely and his works were destroyed through the victory of the Cross.
A footnote to ministry that touches God is the eternal effect it has on mankind. Lazarus’ resurrection was so powerful it caused many to stop following the tradition of the chief priests and believe on Jesus. True ministry works through the power of God and causes hearts to be turned to Him. There is no other name under heaven whereby men might be saved other than the name of Jesus. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." (Romans 10:9). Thank you Lord!
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation , but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.