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07/03/2024 - 08/03/2024 All day

"For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows"  (I Timothy 6:10).

Judas Iscariot was the treasurer of Jesus’ ministry bag. Normally, it is expected of any treasurer to give a periodic report concerning the health of the kitty. Thus a treasurer is often the most trusted officer of the organization.

Judas appeared to have been the right fit for the job because he possessed a certain quality critical in that job. He seemed frugal. When on a certain occasion Mary the brother of Lazurus splashed Jesus with an expensive perfume he raised a good accountant objection. "Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred denariib and the money given to the poor?”  (John 12:5).

Sounds like a good guy who knows everything about money. Except that all this was hot air. In fact, knowing his heart, Jesus once rebuked him.
“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me."     (vv 7- 8).

The truth of the matter was that "Judas did not say this because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. As keeper of the money bag, he used to take from what was put into it"       ( vv 6). Yes, as he skimmed off Jesus, he probably was putting up some nice pad elsewhere. Maybe he had bought secretly a prime plot in the middle of Jerusalem whose price was steadily appreciating and he hoped to cash in on one day.

But once your heart is sold on money it is never enough. Maybe he got into debt. Eventually he decided to sell out his master. "Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over"  ( Mathew 26: 14-16).

So, there you have it. The guy who was already loaded could just never have enough of it! Ultimately this obsession with money would end up costing him his life too. For after betraying his master he realised it was all for naught. "So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself"  (Mathew 27:5). A good case of what happens when money becomes your idol!

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray not to wear out myself with the love of money but be ever trusting in you to take care of all my needs, this I pray in Jesus’ name.

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    Philosophers and writers have long pointed out that without hope mankind would long be gone. The philosopher Victor Frankly who survived the Holocaust where he lost his entire family found hope was the most important weapon that enabled him come out alive. He wrote, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how!”
    
Hope can sustain any of us through the darkest of times. This is what happened to Job when he lost everything he possessed. “Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face” (Job 13:15).

    King David when he was being pursued by his enemies never lost hope. “For you have been my hope, sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth” (Psalm 71:5). The Apostle Paul who faced countless perilous times during his missionary journeys including jail and shipwrecks never lost hope. Writing to the Corinthians he reminded them, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers” (2 Cor 1:10-11).

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