October 9: betrayal

Betrayal. It is always personal. Whenever I think I am more important than you. What makes me shudder is just how personal betrayal can be. Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Jesus was Jewish enemy number one. The guards did not need Judas to identify Jesus. And certainly a kiss was not necessary. The kiss was an indication of just how personal betrayal can be.

When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem, Sanballat and Tobiah were ready to defeat his efforts to rebuild the city. They shared the same faith. They all shared the same goal, but Sanballat and Tobiah were there first, ready to betray Nehemiah. Same faith, same goals – but suddenly it was all about who would win.

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)

God has a design called unity – you and me. The human condition is me, not you. I need a Savior – One who can bridge me and you. Letting Christ live in me, I becomes we. How good and pleasant it is!

Today’s reading: Nehemiah 1-2; Psalm 133-134; Luke 22

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