Friday, August 12
You will believe me when I tell you I don’t have all the answers concerning Judas. There are irrefutable facts that are baffling. It could be that Jesus needed someone to be a foil to guarantee His arrest, trial, and death. But why did he need to be an unbeliever infiltrating the group of apostles? There’s an interesting parallel to this in the Old Testament. Saul was chosen by God to be king. He even prophesied, to the amazement of the people, who said “What is this that has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?” 1 Sam.10:11. Obviously God knew Saul would later fail and be replaced by David. And, yes, God knew all about David’s later affair with Bathsheba—long before He chose David to replace Saul. OK, I’m puzzled. But the baffling account of Judas teaches and reinforces some truths that we all need to hang onto. One, don’t put God in a box. He is free to do what He will, but it will be within the boundaries of holiness, and it will have a divine purpose. Two, His ways are past finding out. Rom. 11:33. I should not be surprised when I don’t fully understand all that God does. Three, God’s revealed Word is true, whether or not I understand it. Four, He has given us all we need to trust Him for the rest of it. And that is what I will do. God is quite capable of dealing with Judas, Saul, David—and Solomon—and a few others—without my help. Bottom line: Let God be God.