John 13 – Betrayal taught by Pastor Don Moore

John 13 – Betrayal taught by Pastor Don Moore  

Bible study taught on 7/19/13

The greatest problem Jesus had to face affects all of us at some point – betrayal.

At this point in John, Jesus is drawing closer to the Cross.

John Chapter 13:15-17 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

What happens to Jesus will happen to us as we imitate Christ if we want the best.

John 13:18  “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’

This happens in Jerusalem at Passover. The Christians call this time Easter – a holiday named after oestre – an goddess that required virgin sacrifices and sacrifices of children. According to mythology, this goddess came to earth in a large egg filled with bunnies and chicks.

The night before the official Passover the Rabboni would get together with his disciples and students, then after this feast, they would go to celebrate Passover with their families. The Passover Meal is similar to the Jewish marriage celebration. This is a picture of marriage decreed by God. A young man and a young lady were brought together by their fathers. The fathers would agree about whether the two young people would make a good couple. The young lady would be invited to come to dine at the home of the young man. The couple would get together with a chaperone and talk – then they would return to the dinner.

The young man would take a loaf of bread and give a covenant speech talking about what he was going to promise the bride. How he would provide for her financial and emotional needs for the rest of her life, to be faithful and obedient. If the bride-to-be accepts the covenant, the young man will stay and build a home for his future bride while the bride returns to her parents house and waits for the groom to come and get her. Usually the house the groom builds is attached to his father’s house. After all is prepared, the father tells the groom to go and get his bride. – Just like Jesus went to prepare a mansion for us.

The bride-to-be would then make her promises. I promise to be faithful and waiting for you. I commit to be pure, chaste, and prepare myself as a bride.

The couple would then eat the bread.

Then, as a sign that the covenant is accepted, the couple would share a cup of wine. If the woman drinks the cup, the couple are considered married, even though the marriage ceremony won’t occur until later after the husband has prepared the place for the bride and the husband’s father tells the groom to go and get his bride.

If the woman turns the cup upside down and gets up, then there is no marriage vow and no covenant.

Unlike today, the couple, when married would go to a separate room and hundreds of people would wait. The married couple would have sex and then proudly display the sheet that confirmed that the marriage was consummated and that they had become one flesh, sharing bodily fluids.

The devil has tried to change this, saying that sex is private and no one should know that the couple has sex or not. That sex should be hidden shamefully. The Jewish wedding ceremony lasted seven days. 

During this Passover meal Jesus is coming together with the apostles and he’s going to act out this weeding ceremony. Jesus is the groom coming for the bride – the saints – for the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. He shares the bread and the cup with all the apostles except one – Judas who never took the cup so was not in covenant with Jesus.

There is an error in the Church that all the saints (all who are saved) will be the Bride of Christ. You can’t find the saints, the Bride, and the Church in one sentence in Scriptures.

The Church organism that Jesus planted has members of the Body of Christ called saints. Jesus is coming for His Bride.

There is a parable of the ten virgins – there are five wise (prepared with enough oil), five foolish (unprepared, not enough oil) –  none of these are called the bride.

Jesus’ Bride is accompanied by five wise virgins (saints, pure). The five foolish are also born again, but not prepared for the coming of the Groom.

For the last fifty years the Church as been saying that all believers will be raptured, but the Bible doesn’t say that.

The Bride of Christ is an exclusive orthodox group of people, more spiritual than the wise virgins. It doesn’t say in Scripture that the Bride is asleep.

After Revelation, Chapter 6, the word “church” doesn’t appear again.

There is a judgment in Revelation – the Judgment throne of Christ, the Great throne judgment, and everyone will be judged.

Then there is a 1000 year reign of Christ after the Great tribulation.

In the book of Daniel – Chapter 12, God reveals the end times.

Barna had done surveys and shown that only 43% of people preaching have a Biblical point of view.

What is a Biblical World View? 1) you believe the Bible is the Word of God and is a reflection of the Spiritual Word of the Lord. 2) Jesus was born, died, and rose again, that HE died for our sins, 3) Jesus lived a sin-free life, 4) the virgin birth, 5) the trinity – One God – the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit.

There is confusion in the church regarding the Bride, the Saints, the Church – as a choice the pastors and ministers choose not to preach the foundational reality of persecution and rejection. They would rather let the five foolish virgins feel as if they are as sanctified and holy as the wise virgins – they don’t want to lose church members. This is not true, the five foolish virgins were not permitted into the wedding.

Revelation 21:2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Notice, this verse doesn’t say “church”.

Revelation 21:9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”

The Bride becomes the tabernacle in the same way that the woman is a tabernacle for her man.

Revelation 21:10-13 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,  having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.

Twelve tribes.

Revelation 21:7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

Overcomers inherit all things.

Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

How can ministers today turn a blind eye to politically correct sins? It isn’t one type of sexual immorality – homosexuality, adultery, but rather ALL sexual immorality. Not only immorality, but sorcerers, liars, idolaters, will be cast into the lake of fire, the second death.

We want to obey God and be married to Christ.

2 Chronicles 7:14  if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

This is a conditional promise – IF , if who? MY people who are called by My Name will humble themselves, pray, and seek God’s face, and turn from their wicked ways … God will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.

John 13:19 Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He.

Jesus is prophesying that He is Adonai, God, Elohim.

John 13:20 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”

In the power and name of God. If God sends someone it’s just as if Jesus sends someone. Any born again believer is a sent one. Right behavior and the Word of the Lord comes to us to bring commitment and correction.

John 13:18 “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’

Psalm 41:9 Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted,
 who ate my bread,
 has lifted up his heel against me.

Sickness comes to us all but Christians deal with it differently. Sometimes things happen to us because we don’t have the strength to make a determination. We read to apply our will power to tell our body and mind to do what we know needs to be done.

Jesus gave Judas the money purse, so he was like a church trustee.

This allusion to lifting up the heel goes back to Genesis and the prophecy God made after Adam and Eve were tempted by satan.

Genesis 3:14-15 So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this,
 you are cursed more than all cattle,
 and more than every beast of the field;
 on your belly you shall go,
 and you shall eat dust
 all the days of your life. And I will put enmity
 between you and the woman,
 and between your seed and her Seed;
 He shall bruise your head,
 and you shall bruise His heel.”

God is pleased with Jesus and Jesus’ integrity.

John 13:21 When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”

This was prophesied 1000 years before Jesus came. People knew it intellectually. Some people close to you who say they are for you will betray you. Jesus knew Judas would betray Him.

John 13:22-23 Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke. Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.

John is speaking about himself in the third person – one of His (Jesus’) disciples whom Jesus loved. A bit of pride there – so that we would hold John in high esteem.

John 13:24-26 Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

After the piece of bread (the bread shared during the wedding supper – before the cup seals the covenant). After the bread, satan enters Judas. Judas eats the bread, and then leaves to set in motion the betrayal. The bread would have been dipped in olive oil (symbol of the Holy Spirit).

John 13:27 Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”

Judas could have willed to change his heart, but he didn’t. Jesus told Judas to go and do what Judas planned to do quickly – because He knew Judas’ heart didn’t change. Jesus did not let Judas drink the wine – if Judas had, he could have repented and be forgiven.

Pastor Don said betrayal is part of every divorce, separation, and spiritual schism.

The way we see Jesus deal with betrayal is the way we want to deal with it if it comes across our path.

The Holy Spirit is loosed on the church and so is persecution and betrayal. A sense of betrayal must be experienced through process – annoyance, offence, wrath, then we turn the problem to God. The Wrath of God and the Power of God deals with it.

We did not cover the following verses this week, but I’m including them to complete the scene.

John 13:28-30 But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. 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.  Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.

 Praying your day is blessed.


About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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