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Betrayed

                        Betrayed

Psalm 41:9
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
Through history we have read and seen man betray man, brother betray brother and friend betray friend. One of the most heart stirring stories written is that of the betrayal of Jesus for thirty pieces of silver by a man named, Judas Iscariot.

Matthew 26:47-49, shows Judas coming for Jesus in the garden with a great multitude of men carrying swords and strong wooden sticks to arrest Him. The sign of betrayal, a kiss, was placed upon His cheek. The word kiss means: a touch with the lips as a sign of love or reverence. Was there love or reverence for our Lord at this time? Not so! David, son of Jesse, anointed by Samuel to be King of Israel, was betrayed by King Saul. David and King Saul’s son, Jonathan were friends and it could be written that they were “of one mind” and loved each another.  David was asked often to…

Satan's Target

Satan’s Target

  John 13:2 KJV
 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;

The study of the mind has baffled philosophers and scientists for centuries. In the spiritual realm, our minds enter a different world altogether. Satan cannot read the human mind but he does have access to the mind. Where did Judas get the idea to betray Christ, if they were not in one accord? Satan targets our hearts and minds and attacks the areas we are weakest in. We are not to be overcome with dread or fear, but instead, we are to pray about everything with thanksgiving, making our requests known to God. His peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6,7).

Knowing the ways of the enemy is important and helpful to the Christian. Satan’s abilities are great and we need to be aware of his threatening reputation. His attacks are ruthless and his schemes are devious. The Devil’s name means “accuser,” because he accuse…

The Final Hours of Our Lord

The Final Hours of Our Lord

                                  Matthew 27:1-37

The scene, gruesome and hard to visualize. Envision the tragedy of Jesus’ face being slapped repeatedly, bruised and beaten until He was swollen beyond recognition. Many people have been accused, arrested, and convicted of crimes they were not guilty of. But, only Jesus has been falsely accused of crimes He never committed, arrested wrongfully, abused beyond recognition, and found innocent, repeatedly.

The trial of Jesus was a mockery and the Sanhedrin wanted to intimidate Pilate and make him listen to their plea. They hoped Pilate would do whatever they told him to do, but Pilate was unwilling to co-operate so readily. It was clear the charges against Jesus were false and had no foundation. Pilate took Jesus to Herod’s palace–––a short walk through the narrow streets of the city. Herod and Pilate both agreed that Jesus was no threat to Rome and all the Sanhedrin’s charges were false and their intent was only …

A Royal Banquet

                       A Royal Banquet

Esther 1:1-9
Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:)  That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace, . . .


Esther lived during the Persian period of world history. The palace in Susa was the winter residence of the king of Persia which was a fortified palace built above the city for protection. In the third year of his reign, King Ahasuerus, gave a magnificent banquet inviting his princes, army officers, and nobles of the provinces surrounding him.. The main theme of this banquet was to display the great riches and glory of his majesty and splendor to all his guests.

The Persian King is referenced 175 times or more in the book of Esther but the name of God, the mention of God or any prayer worshiping Him is never referred to. We know that God’s sovereignty prevailed …