evil eye November 5 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading: Mark 14:43-52; Matthew 26:47-56; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-11; Mark 14:53-72; Matthew 26:57-75; Luke 22:54-71; John 18:12-27; Matthew 27:1-10


Betrayed, friendless, and falsely accused; at least once in our life this has or probably will happen to us. We are innocent but nobody thinks so. How does (or would) that make us feel? Confused? Disillusioned? Bitter? Lonely? Sooner or later the truth is (or will be) made known, and we may be exonerated. Jesus also experienced injustice. In this Bible study we will look at what Jesus went through so we might know how to handle betrayals. We will also look at what we should do if we betray God and others.

We last left Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas Iscariot had made a deal with the religious leaders to hand him over to them privately because they feared the Jews. Most of the common people loved Jesus, and these crowds were gathered in the city of Jerusalem to observe the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread (this feast is explained in the November 3 Bible study). It was because of this that the religious leaders knew that they must act swiftly and deftly. Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, seeing he could make no money off of him, betrayed him to them. He offered to hand over Jesus to them for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a man or woman being gored by a bull (Exodus 21:32). Judas Iscariot led a band of religious leaders and soldiers to Gethsemane to arrest Jesus at night. They came with flaming torches, clubs and swords. This was like a real nightmare!

What happened when the angry mob got to Gethsemane? Did Jesus and his disciples fight? (John 18:1-11; Matthew 26:56). No. Jesus went out to meet the soldiers and religious leaders and asked them what they wanted. He tried to protect his disciples (a good leader will do this for his followers). Judas betrayed Jesus with a prearranged sign: a kiss of greeting. Peter tried to defend Jesus and prevent him from being arrested by drawing a sword and cutting off the ear of the servant to the High Priest. Jesus put a stop to that act of violence, healed the servant’s ear (Luke 22:51), and then submitted himself to the soldiers and religious leaders.

Seeing this, the disciples fled (Matthew 26:56). It would be tempting for us to be critical of the disciples, but how would we respond to a very real threat of being arrested and persecuted for being associated with Jesus? The natural reaction to arrest and persecution is fear and flight. Following the example from Jesus, however, a proper spiritual reaction to betrayal and religious persecution is to trust our souls to God, keep following his will, seek his glory, and do what is right.

Jesus was taken first to the house of Annas, father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was the high priest that year. Evidently, he was highly respected and influential. The trial was one of three quickly arranged religious trials that night (Annas, Caiaphas, and the Sanhedrin). The trials were hastily conducted in order to have a binding verdict ready for a Roman judge by dawn, when Roman officials began deliberating legal cases (only the Roman government had the power to execute convicted prisoners). The religious leaders feared the crowds of Jesus’ faithful admirers and did not want any chance for opposition to arise. The Jewish trials were illegal because they were carried on at night, and it was illegal by Roman law for Jesus to be beaten as a criminal without first being legally sentenced for a crime. The Chief Priests and the Sanhedrin (the religious ruling party) ignored that law (The Bible Knowledge Commentary of the N.T., by Walvoord and Zuck, ©.1985, p.182).

While Jesus was being tried at the house of Caiaphas, someone else besides Judas Iscariot was betraying Jesus, namely, Simon Peter (Luke 22:54-62). Peter betrayed Christ, denying him three times and even cursing with an oath that he did not know him. Peter's betrayal, however, differed from that of Judas. Peter did not simply feel remorse; he wept bitter tears of repentance over his sins (Matthew 27:1-5). By the time Jesus had been raised from the dead, Peter once again identified himself with the disciples. Judas never sought forgiveness. Instead, he tried to fix his errors by attempting to give back the blood money. When that failed, Judas hanged himself.

Lessons to live by:

  • Following the example from Jesus, a proper spiritual reaction to betrayal and religious persecution is to trust our souls to God, keep following his will, seek his glory, and do what is right.
  • We may make mistakes and even betray Jesus and others by what we say and do, or what we fail to say and do. We must repent, confess our sins and ask forgiveness of God and others. If we truly repent (change our heart and direction) we will find forgiveness and restoration (1John 1:9, more...).

Today’s Bible memory verses:

1Peter 4:19 “So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” (NIV)

Acts 3:19 “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (NIV)

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