September 17, 2020
Psalm 41:9 (KJB) Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
This pointed verse from the book of Psalms speaks to us about a trusted friend and advisor, or a “friend-enemy,” who stabs another well-meaning soul in the back. I am sure if you have lived on this earth for any length of time, you can relate to this back-stabbing incident.
The closet application in ancient times is to a man named Ahithophel. His record acting as a collaborator can be located in 2 Samuel chapter seventeen. This Old Testament account concerns his personal treatment of David.
However, an even more significant application points us forward to the heart condition, and the prophesied behavior Judas Iscariot would give towards Jesus Christ. Judas was a disciple, one of His inner circle, a friend, and a fellow servant among this group of eleven who were handpicked by Jesus at the beginning of His earthly ministry.
Just as David trusted Ahithophel to consider his best interests and to advise him appropriately, Jesus placed Judas in a position of responsibility as a follower and teacher alongside Him. Perhaps you or another have been placed in a position of authority, a teacher or preacher, and have personal experience in a similar matter.
Take heart; what happened to David, happened to Jesus Christ, and you too must expect that backstabbing will happen to you also. Learn from these recorded experiences and mirror the humility and character of Christ in moments of misery inside the ministry God has given you!
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