The circle looked innocent enough—just lady friends getting together. But Peggy Arnold, a prominent member of the group, was using the circle to pass letters to a spy. None of the other women knew, but Peggy’s letters contained code, even invisible ink, giving the enemy strategic information on troop movements and details of the fortifications of West Point. General Benedict Arnold, Peggy’s husband, commanded the fort that controlled the Hudson River, and on September 22, he conspired with Major André of the British Army to deliver the fort into the hands of the enemy. André was apprehended on his overland journey back to New York, the incriminating documents were delivered to George Washington, and Benedict Arnold, the hero of the Battle of Saratoga, sold out his country for 20,000 pounds of sterling and became the man with a name synonymous with “traitor.”
Judas Iscariot sold out his Master for 30 pieces of silver, and unlike George Washington, Jesus knew all along what Judas was doing, yet still allowed him to proceed with his plan.
“‘Nevertheless, Look! The hand of the one betraying me is with me at the table. For the Son of Man is proceeding as it has been determined, but woe to the man by whom He is betrayed.’ And they began to question one another, which of them it was who would do this.” - Luke 22:21-23
God writes the Story, but this does not mean we are not responsible for our actions. Psalm 41:9 predicted that one of the Messiah’s close associates would betray Him. Jesus knew Judas was the man, and allowed him to proceed. Judas teaches us that we can’t blame God. We need to resist temptations to lie, steal, and betray. Judas was responsible for the role he played. So are we.
LORD, when someone close to me betrays me, it makes me want to throw in the towel. I’m eternally grateful that even when You knew that one of Your most trusted followers would turn out to be a thief a liar, and a betrayer, You still went to the cross to die for his forgiveness and ours.
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