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Draw Close to What is Wholesome

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from John 13:29, ” For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, ‘Buy those things we need for the feast,’ or that he should give something to the poor. “

Background

There are times when things come together in a somewhat unfortunate way. Take, for example, wedding announcements. Although the bride and groom are embarking on the most sacred and blessed of unions, the announcement regarding the joining of their names may leave a little to be desired. Such could be said of the Flem-Greene wedding. Certainly Mr. Looney and Ms. Warde are looking forward to saner times. The Hunt-Kapture ceremony may or may not include a little more camouflage gear than is customary. Let’s hope the Moore-Bacon union isn’t bringing together two Vegans. On a more serious note, the prophet Jonah was joined in mission to the city of Nineveh, a great city which just happened to be populated by Gentiles. And Jonah, in his arrogant, racist attitude, did not want anything to do with delivering a message of repentance and deliverance to those outcasts. But deliver it he did, and the people of Nineveh turned to God just as Jonah had feared.

Application

And then there is Judas, the disciple who could not accept the message and calling of Jesus. He, the one who delivered the Messiah to the cross for thirty pieces of silver, just happened to be the one who managed the money box for the group. There is no way to know if he helped himself from time to time to the funds that were on hand. There is simply very little reference to the daily workings and practical doings of these men who sat under the tutelage of Christ. They clearly managed from day to day, they apparently had at least enough surplus to give some to the needy at times, and they did not neglect their common responsibilities. But God makes sure to let us know that the man who watched the money box sold his most precious possession for a handful of coins. There is a danger that will call out to you to come and partake. Your eyes will be teased to look, your ears tickled to tune in. But flee to safety before the enticement grows. The union that beckons is not a good one.

Charge

As we seek Him today, join yourself to the wholesome goodness that is yours in Christ Jesus. Turn your back on what’s tainted and destructive.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org

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