Seduced by the darkness
A place called "suppose to"
Judas Iscariot is a personality that stands out when we consider the place called “Supposed to”. Reason for this climacteric distinction is that he wasn’t satisfied with the way things were being run in the Lord's ministry. Therefore he allowed himself to be seduced by the darkness of his imagination into thinking that the schedule of the ministry of Jesus had been lacking in natural military aggression.
Judas was looking for a military leader who would call down fire from heaven to overthrow the then system of government and put into effect one that was global.
His evil imagination had blinded him to the fact that Jesus was led by the Holy Ghost.
And therefore Judas, being led by the devil, had lost his conscience of the will of God as regarding Jesus purposes and plans. They had become unacceptable to him, wherewith he voiced his disapproval to the leaders of the Sanhedrin. Judas had lost his joy because he dwelt on the natural rather than the spiritual and this gave way to an evil imagination.
As long as you dwell on earthly thoughts, no peace will be assured for heavenly business.
In other words, blessed assurance is the only way to go.
Earthly insurance won’t last – it is temporal.
The song writer
under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost penned, “Blessed assurance Jesus is mine".
One of the problems today is that far too many people are like Judas because they have chosen to live their lives in a place called “Supposed to” which place has no solidity in its foundation.
It’s a place of the resident evil of hostility and resentment.
The place called, “supposed to” bears no revelation.
It is intellect gained from assumed or imagined knowledge and therefore leads to logistical thought which has no standing in the arena of faith.
Revelation comes from the Spirit of God. (Deut.29:29)
The disciple Peter in Matthew 16 after receiving a revelation from God above all his brethren, voiced what had been dropped in his spirit, saying, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God”.
But in the same chapter we see as Christ foretold his death, that Peter spoke things out of his own imagination which was an offence to Jesus, of whom God had just revealed to Peter that Jesus, was His Son.
And so Jesus in verse 23, quickly rebuked the imagination of the words that Peter had allowed to flow from his lips;
“But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men”.
Notice Jesus turn to Peter and addressed the place of Peter’s imagination, for Peter had wandered out of being spiritual and into the place called, “Supposed to”.
In the place called “Supposed to”,
- one assumes – that if I get hooked up with Oprah I will be privy to all her money
- one imagine – that her husband is a cheat
- one speaks out what he has assumed
Webster’s new world dictionary gives the meaning of supposed (adj.); regarded as true, genuine, etc, without actual knowledge – merely imagined.
To suppose means something that is altered, guess or presumption, assumption, to consider as proposed or suggested possibility.
We also look at the word imagination and in Greek in which there are several words used; the first of them is “logismos” meaning, reasoning, thought, to count, reckon.
Vine’s dictionary adds that this word is suggestive of evil intent and not mere
“reasoning” as in Romans 2:15.
when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in
the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness (with it), and their thoughts(reasoning’s, one with the other, accusing or even excusing them) the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
The word suggests a reflection of actions as a result of a verdict of conscience as in 2Cor.10:5.
The next word is “dialogismos”, and that is imaginations which carry with it the idea of evil intent.
In the Old Testament in the Book of Jeremiah 18:12 the Hebrew word is sheròyruòth, pronounced sher-ee-rooth' and is taken from “sharer” (to be hostile). It speaks in the sense of being obstinate:—imagination, lust.
Other places; Jer.16:12, 9:14.
The place called “Supposed to” at work
When we follow in the context of assumption or supposed, we will be lead into;
- resentment – Saul/ David, Joseph/ Brothers
- denial of being a righteous participant - Peter denied Christ
- open betrayal - Judas
- death - Uriah
We read in Matthew 26:14-16
Then one of the
twelve, called Judas
Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
NOTE that Judas was not doing the betrayal for money for 30 pieces of silver is hardly worth the price of a good horse much less the life of the Christ. For a man of Jesus’ stature or reputation, a mere healing which they saw from his hands was worth much more than 30 pieces of silver and therefore he could have pressed the Sanhedrin for a larger sum if money was his only goal. But it was not for 30 pieces of silver but his imaginations had led him to cross over into illegality.
His heart had become wicked filled with resentment and revenge that now he cared nothing more but to see Jesus act out of order.
In other words, he was trying to force the Christ into doing something carnal and should in case what he had hoped for did not succeed then IT WOULD BE ALL IN Jesus’ hands.
Judas had no revelation of the ministry if Jesus just as Satan had no revelation of the death, burial and power of the resurrection.
Jesus said, speaking to his disciples that one of you is a devil.
They had all been with him for,
a. the duration of his ministry
b. shared in the ministry
c. seen the dead raised; the dumb talk, the lame walked, demons cast out, went with the 70 and witness great movements of the Spirit of God
d. had the same opportunity to succeed
Yet one was a devil; one had a sick heart, a wicked heart, a heart that the Father knew from the beginning of time would never accept repentance.
The scripture says that God knows them that are His, that it was predetermined who should be saved.
See, Judas had the same opportunity to make the right determination for his life but he choose to follow the ways of the evil one.
Some of us have to realize that every one won’t receive the salvation that the Lord has so aptly provided.
John Calvin was known for the doctrine of predetermination, predestination noting that God has foreordained every event throughout eternity. This word is from the Greek word “proorizo” meaning to limit in advance.
The will of man
Some would say, “Why did Jesus allow this to occur, couldn’t he have been stopped?
Well it’s like this;
- God doesn’t use forced labor
- God doesn’t coerce your will to be in subjection
- God wants a heart that is inclined to His righteousness
- God wants you to be ready to act gladly; eagerly compliant: "The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matthew 26:41).
- God prefer someone who will bear His yolk voluntarily or ungrudgingly; volitional
When a man’s will is set, no amount of persuasion will penetrate his soul and if the soul will not be penetrated then that mans salvation is far removed.
You may say, what if you give an individual whose will is made up some personalized attention; kiss his hands and hug his feet; I am sorry but as long as his will is set that does not work.
It is especially thought provoking if that person’s will, was injured by what someone said or did or did not do.
Let’s turn to Ezekiel 33:6, 18
“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.”