Bible Prophecy - The Kiss of a Friend
Judas Iscariot. His name is synonymous with deceit.
In Wikipedia.org, we find "In stockyards, a Judas goat will lead sheep to slaughter, while its own life is spared." For all time, this man will be remember as the one that betrayed Jesus "with a kiss," Mark 14:44-45.
If one believes in destiny or fate, then this man had no choice but to do what he did. This might parallel the group that holds to "election," that God has appointed some to be saved and some to be lost, using such Bible verses as contain the words "elect" and "election."
And there are those that believe "God can change His mind" and use verses which tell us God repented.
Last, there are those that believe all will eventually be redeemed. It will just take some time in some holding tank somewhere in His heavens.
All of these are based on "men" knowing exactly what God meant" when he spoke.
We have to rightly concede that certain verses speak for themselves, Romans 10:13, being a leader here.
And the Bible also says God is " ... not willing that any should perish... " 2 Peter 3:9.
Along with this, though, God has said some will be cast into a "lake of fire" when it is found that their names are not in the "book of life," Revelation 20:15.
But there are "mysteries of God" which man's wisdom will never explain or understand, Isaiah 55:8-9. These mysteries stir people to study and find answers.
But, in each moment in time, man is examining, aware and choosing his direction based on what he knows and what he wants. Sometimes the "wants" over take the "knows." It is probable that this is the state of Judas when he made the deal to betray Jesus. He may not have known or thought about the future consequences of his actions, but he did know the present value of 30 pieces of silver and ignored the present comments and Biblical statements that spoke of this very incident. He made his choice.
On several occasions, Jesus himself identified the man as the betrayer. In Matthew 26:21-25, Jesus announces the betrayal with a statement to the disciples. Then, before Judas leaves, Jesus identifies him secretly and directly, John 13:26-27. Judas had a chance to change his mind. He did not heed the warnings.
Judas was a Jew. As such, he was probably schooled in the religious texts of the day. We call it the Old Testament. He, like the scribes, pharisees, sadducees and the rest of the religious cults of the day, would have seen that their actions were prophesied in the Old Testament. He and they were blinded by greed and power.
We have both Books today, the Old Testament and the New Testatment. Yet, like the religious hypocrites of old, man chooses to only see what he wants to see. And when he cannot disregard what is written, he interprets in a manner that he believes will absolve him of all bad decisions and actions.
But Judas also saw the miracles that Jesus performed. He saw the love that Jesus shared. He saw other lives changed by accepting Jesus as the Messiah, even including those of a few of the religious leadership of Israel. He refused to believe.
Jesus watched without interference or assistance as Judas lived out prophesy. This is how God works. He always leaves a way out, but man must make the choice. Judas did not.
We have already seen the "30 pieces of silver." When this exact amount was settled, Judas should have taken warning. But he did not. And He could not understand the other more subtle prophecies he had or was about to complete because he was not a believer, 1 Corinthians 2:14. He completed the prophesies knowingly for worldly gain.
Psalm 41:9 tells of the trusted friend of Jesus who would turn on him, John 17:5.
Zechariah 12:13 says the money was returned to the priests in the temple, Matthew 27:5.
Last, the prophesy of the betrayal comes together in Gethsamane and end in Aceldama.
As a "noble gesture" of these false priests, a field was bought with the tainted money, for the burial of the homeless, Matthew 27:6-10. And that field was the one where Judas hung himself, Acts 1:16-19.
We see Judas live out these prophecies regarding the Messiah and his betrayal, written centuries before. They are is completed by those who were attempting to disprove them.
For a sum of money, Judas completed these prophesies, with "the kiss of a friend."