BEWARE OF BETRAYAL

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

JUNE 20, 2024

TOPIC: BEWARE OF BETRAYAL

BY T. O. BANSO 

Brothers and sisters will betray one another and have each other put to death. Parents will betray their own children, and children will turn against their parents and have them killed” (Matthew 10:21 Contemporary English Version).

If Jesus the Son of God could be betrayed, nobody cannot. Therefore, you must beware of betrayal. The betrayer is not an outsider; he is someone who has a relationship with you, and you trust. An enemy cannot betray you; you expect him to work against you. As for my companion, he betrayed his friends; he broke his promises. His words are as smooth as butter, but in his heart is war. His words are as soothing as lotion, but underneath are daggers!” (Psalm 55:20-21 New Living Translation).

Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus; the chief priests didn’t. They had always been against Him and Judas went to meet them to betray Jesus to them (Mark 14:10; Luke 22:4). Judas was one of His disciples and the person in charge of the purse. Jesus foretold His betrayal in Luke 9:43-45, Matthew 17:22-23, and Mark 9:30-32. Not only did He foretell His betrayal, but He also predicted that Judas would betray Him (John 13:21-30). Despite this, Judas went to betray Him for thirty silver coins. If Jesus could be betrayed, nobody is above betrayal! You only need to be careful.

Warning His disciples about the persecutions they would face as He sent them out, Jesus said, Brothers and sisters will betray one another and have each other put to death. Parents will betray their own children, and children will turn against their parents and have them killed” (Matthew 10:21 Contemporary English Version). Note that the betrayers in this scripture are not outsiders. Beware of betrayal from those you have relationships with.

Those who have benefitted from you more than others could betray you. Those you have sacrificed the most for could betray you. If you think that because you have done good to someone, he cannot betray you, you lie. David almost became a victim of the betrayal of the people of Keilah whom he had helped and saved from the Philistines fighting against them and looting the threshing floors. With God’s permission, he went to fight the Philistines and slaughtered them. David and his men took all their livestock and rescued the people of Keilah (1 Samuel 23:1-5).

You would think that the people of Keilah would be forever grateful to David and protect him in return. But when Saul heard that David was in Keilah and mobilized to go and besiege David and his men, David might have been shocked when God, in response to his enquiry, told him that the people of Keilah would betray him and hand him over to Saul who wanted to kill him.

1 Samuel 23:10-12 says, “Then David prayed, ‘O Lord, God of Israel, I have heard that Saul is planning to come and destroy Keilah because I am here. Will the leaders of Keilah betray me to him? And will Saul actually come as I have heard? O Lord, God of Israel, please tell me.’ And the Lord said, He will come.Again David asked, Will the leaders of Keilah betray me and my men to Saul?And the Lord replied, Yes, they will betray you (New Living Translation). Note the phrase “Will the leaders of Keilah betray me to him?” God only answered David’s question about whether Saul would come to Keilah. He said that Saul would come. Therefore, David asked God again: Will the leaders of Keilah betray me and my men to Saul? God replied that the people of Keilah would betray David.

Consequently, David and his men, about six hundred, escaped from Keilah. If David had assumed that the people of Keilah would pay back his good to them with good, Saul would have captured or killed him. Beware of betrayal. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9 New King James Version).

Beware of betrayal. You cannot do without having dealings with others but don’t forget that the best of human beings is still human. Not all that glitters is gold. Let the Holy Spirit guide you. The betrayal of Jesus by Judas didn’t catch him unawares. He knew about it already and told His disciples and even Judas. The Holy Spirit will help you so that men’s betrayal will affect you seriously. The Holy Spirit can expose the betrayal before it happens. He can also help you distance yourself from potential betrayers.

Beware of betrayal. This doesn’t mean that you should suspect everyone or trust nobody. Not everyone will betray you. The spies Joshua sent to Jericho told Rahab, who knew their mission, not to betray them. “‘We offer our own lives as a guarantee for your safety,’ the men agreed. ‘If you don’t betray us, we will keep our promise and be kind to you when the Lord gives us the land’” (Joshua 2:14 New Living Translation). In verse 20, they said, “If you betray us, however, we are not bound by this oath in any way” (New Living Translation). Rahab vowed not to betray them, and she didn’t. The spies, too, kept their promise to protect her and her family members.

Jonathan didn’t betray David to his father, Saul, who wanted to kill him. In 1 Samuel 20:8, David told Jonathan, “Show me this loyalty as my sworn friend—for we made a solemn pact before the Lord—or kill me yourself if I have sinned against your father. But please don’t betray me to him!” (New Living Translation). What was Jonathan’s response? “‘Never!’ Jonathan exclaimed. ‘You know that if I had the slightest notion my father was planning to kill you, I would tell you at once’” (verse 9 New Living Translation). Jonathan kept his word not to betray David to his father. He returned to David the next morning, as agreed, to let him know that his father was determined to kill him. Jonathan never betrayed Jonathan. David, too, was loyal to him, even after his sad death.

Beware of betrayal, but not everyone will betray you. David and Joab betrayed Uriah. David betrayed Uriah’s trust in him. He betrayed a soldier who risked his life for him and Israel. Uriah trusted David and did not suspect anything evil about the letter he sent through him to Joab. The king must have put his seal. Uriah had no reason to think of opening the letter and reading it! Innocently, Uriah delivered the letter of his death sentence to Joab (2 Samuel 11:14-17).

Joab, Uriah’s commander, betrayed one of his gallant officers, by conspiring with David to kill him. In 2 Samuel 11:11, Uriah tells David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are dwelling in tents, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open fields. Shall I then go to my house to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing” (New King James Version). But Joab didn’t reciprocate Uriah’s concern and loyalty. He didn’t protect him but carried out David’s strange instruction in the letter Uriah delivered to him..

Uriah would never have believed that his commander would set him up to be killed by the enemy troops. I am sure that when he received the command to go to a spot close to the city wall where Joab knew the enemy’s strongest men were fighting, he must have obeyed that command as a loyal officer, believing he was fighting the LORD’s battle – fighting for David and Israel. He didn’t know it was a setup. He was killed along with several other Israelite soldiers, but he was the real target. Wickedness in the high places!

Beware of betrayal, especially from people who are very close to you. Some have lost their lives because of betrayal. Others have lost their homes, businesses, careers, etc. because they trusted somebody who betrayed them. Let the Holy Spirit guide you in your relationships.

Judas Iscariot committed suicide after betraying Jesus. Betrayers will not get off scot-free. Everyone will reap what he sows. If you have been betrayed, forgive and learn from it. But don’t seek revenge. Leave vengeance to God (Romans 12:19; Hebrews 10:30; 1 Peter 3:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; Deuteronomy 32:35; Leviticus 19:18; Proverbs 20:22). Trust God to fight for you and give you justice. No matter how painful the betrayal, move on with your life with the help of the Holy Spirit. God will always work all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

Beware of betrayal, and don’t betray anyone.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. Take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You must join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Father, deliver me from betrayal. Let me not be a victim of betrayal. Expose every Judas around me. Let nobody planning to betray me succeed. Satan will not enter anyone loyal to me to betray me. I shall not betray anyone in Jesus’ name.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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