Day 5: What Does This Passage Teach You About God?


Read Mark 14:43-52

And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and seized him. But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” And they all left him and fled.

And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.

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What does this passage teach you about God?

About cashclan

Lisa is a grateful, born-again follower of Jesus Christ who has spent her adult life on the Gospel in several global contexts. She is the wife of one wonderful, jungle-gym of a man, who is to her the single most ravishing piece of flesh on planet earth (stolen good-heartedly from Christine Caine). She is a dedicated home educator to their four beautiful children, ages 6 to 12, whom she would be happy to gush over any time. She is an avid reader and a storyteller, an aspiring writer, a missionary to the nations and a singer of His praises, a loyal friend, an obsessive-compulsive Googler, and comedienne extraordinaire on her best days. She would also like to think that she is a loyal and loving, truth-telling friend.
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4 Responses to Day 5: What Does This Passage Teach You About God?

  1. starrcliff says:

    Even if people around me are outraged on my behalf at the “injustice” happening to me, it doesn’t mean that whatever is happening outside of God’s plan. All hell can be breaking loose but it can be just what God intends me to walk through. It’s so easy to get caught up in someone else’s outrage and emotion, especially if it honors you (flatters you) or validates how you’re feeling about a situation. Don’t yield to the temptation to surround yourselves with people who will wax poetic and make you feel better, but who don’t speak the truth that God is sovereign and will have His way.

  2. cashclan says:

    The passage we usually examine on this incident is from Luke. This one isn’t nearly as detailed, but there are definitely some interesting things here. This is another perspective on Judas’ part in history’s most spectacular sin, the brutal murder of Jesus Christ. But the whole so Mark 14 is so exquisite with details: especially the story of Jesus being anointed extravagantly by the woman with the alabaster flask of perfume. Jesus praised her greatly for her costly gift, but this seems to have been the last straw for Judas, the catalyst that sent him to the chief priests to see how much he could get for turning Jesus in. But then on the day of the Passover Feast, even after Judas had betrayed Jesus, he was one of the twelve at that table. And I’ll never get over it that Jesus not only allowed him to sit at that table, but allowed him to eat and drink with them and then ultimately to take communion with them. Luke 22 tells us though that it was on this night that “Satan entered into Jesus.” Not let us not err to think that Satan was an innocent; indeed, not even one of us is an innocent! But this betrayal is less about Judas than it is about Satan, in my opinion. From an amazing sermon by John Piper, which I have saved on my iPhone and listen to at least once a year during Lent:

    “Here he is (Satan) in Luke 22:3 entering into Judas and leading him to betray the Lord and bring him to the cross. Why the about face? Why try to divert him from the cross and then take the initiative to bring him to the cross? We are not told. Here is my effort at an answer: Satan saw his efforts to divert Jesus from the cross failing. Time after time, Jesus kept the course. His face was set like flint to die, and Satan concludes that there is no stopping him. Therefore he resolves that if he can’t stop it, he will at least make it as ugly and painful and as heartbreaking as possible. Not just death, but death by betrayal. Death by abandonment. Death by denial (see Luke 22:31-32). If he could not stop it, he would drag others into it and do as much damage as he could. It was a spectacular sequence of sins that brought Jesus to the cross.”

    But why this cruel kiss and ironical “Rabbi”? Of all the ways for Judas seal his betrayal and identify Jesus, why on earth this intimate act of affection? It really is heartbreaking. I have been betrayed by a very close friend (only once) and it hurt like hell. I was able to forgive her fairly quickly, but the true aftermath came in the impossible prospect of having to trust NEW people after that. But Jesus got me through it and I’m thankful for it—for all of it.

    One of my favorite details from this story (also from Luke’s account) is of Peter slicing off the ear of the servant and Jesus just picking it up and putting it back on, then admonishing Peter to let the Scriptures be fulfilled and to put away that natural sword we all have in our pocket.. Oh, how tempting it is to bust out that sword, especially when someone we LOVE is being brutalized (husbands, children, dear friends, parents, siblings); but Jesus taught us to use a different kind of weapon than the worldly kind.

    And finally, I have NEVER noticed verse 52 before. WHAT ABOUT A NAKED DUDE???? Ha! I’m gonna go look that up right now!! How did that random tidbit make it into the Bible? Ha!! There’s gotta be come good commentary on that somewhere…

  3. cashclan says:

    Concise: I am not!

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