Joshua 23, Acts 3, Jeremiah 12, Matthew 26
 

Joshua 23:1-3
My God and King, while reading Joshua's statement to the leaders of Israel in verse 3, I realized You gave the nation rest by fighting for them.  Moses in Deuteronomy 20:4 told the people, "The LORD your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you victory."
 
Before You, my desire is to "make every effort to enter" (Hebrews 4:11 NIV) Your rest.  Therefore, it seems I need to understand and trust that You are the One fighting against my enemies.  Lord Jesus, it is You who has destroyed the works of the devil.  You are the One who has destroyed death, the last enemy.  So please Holy Spirit, teach me to understand and rest in the fact that it is my Lord and Savior who fights for me.  In Him, victory is assured.  Jesus, forgive me for forgetting and thinking at times I am in this battle all alone. 
 
Jeremiah 12:1
This verse is an excellent way to pray.  Jeremiah admits he is complaining to the righteous LORD, but he still makes his case.  Surely, Jeremiah and I aren't the only ones who have ever complained to the LORD.  If occasionally you find yourself in that place, this is my translation of Jeremiah's expression:  I know you are right LORD, but I do not understand what is happening.  It may sound like I am accusing You, but really I am just asking because I know You are correct and right in all you do.  However...
 
Gracious, kind, loving, and forgiving God, thank You for Your patience with us.  Quickly remind us when we begin to complain, to whom we are addressing our complaint.
 
Matthew 26:47-50
Jesus makes it painfully clear what is going to happen to Him in Matthew 26:2, "You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified."  I wonder if this direct statement resulted in Judas' decision to change sides since His crucifixion would mean Jesus lost and the religious leaders won.  Or was the decision made when Jesus rebuked Judas in John 12:4-8, because of his statement about Mary anointing Jesus with such expensive ointment.  Whatever the reason, Judas sold Him out for a small price compared to inheriting the Kindom of Jesus.  Exodus 21:31 seems to infer thirty pieces of silver was the price of a slave. 
 
Because Jesus referred to Judas as "friend" in verse 50, for a long time I thought Jesus was gracious even in His betrayal.  However, researching the use of the word gave me a different understanding.  This word is used only in Matthew 20:13, 22:12 and here in verse 50.   In each instance, Jesus used this word to describe people who in one way or another were in opposition to Him.  In Matthew 20:13, it is the laborers who think the master of the house is unfair in what he pays them.  In Matthew 22:12, the king refers to the man who does not have the proper wedding garment as a friend.  So Jesus used the term friend to describe Judas, His betrayer, as one who was opposed to Him.

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