365 Prophecies: Prophecy 140
The Messiah will be betrayed by a close friend who will be replaced by another.
Old Testament Prediction:
Psalms 109:6-9 Set a wicked man over him, And let an accuser stand at his right hand. When he is judged, let him be found guilty, And let his prayer become sin. Let his days be few, And let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless, And his wife a widow.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Acts 1:16-20 “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.” (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.) “For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it’; and, ‘Let another take his office.’ ”
As Luke writes the words to Acts 1:16-20, he is remembering Psalms 109:6-9. The physician understood that this Psalm was written for the Messiah who would have one of His closest friends betray Him. The fact that Luke records these words in the first chapter of Acts is a confirmation of its prophetic importance as one of the 365 Old Testament prophecies Jesus fulfilled. Luke finished the first chapter of Acts with the statement:
For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it’; and, ‘Let another take his office.’ —Acts 1:20
After Judas betrayed Jesus, he went out and hung himself. The disciples met to determine who should replace him and after prayer, they chose Barsabas and Matthias as candidates. By casting lots (drawing straws), Matthias drew the lot and he was added as the 12th Apostle. The only problem with this choice is that it was made before the arrival of the Holy Spirit in Acts Chapter 2. We never read anything about the Apostle Matthias, while nearly one half of the New Testament is written by the Apostle Paul.
Acts 1:23 And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen 25 to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” 26 And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Clearly, it was Paul who was the Lord’s choice for the 12th Apostle, and the one whom David described in Psalm 109-6-9, to take Judas place. The lesson of this example is understood by waiting for the leading of the Holy Spirit—instead of acting in our own wisdom.
Betrayal is a fatal error
If you have ever been betrayed by a close friend, then you can certainly relate to how Jesus must have felt. There is a bite in our soul that happens when someone we have known and trusted for some time begins to spread rumors and untrue facts about us to others. Once a person’s reputation is taken from him, he cannot ever recover it again. There is no defense that a man can make of himself once negative things have been said. These gossips are spread from one person to another, like a virus that infects every host that is touched by the originator of the plague.
Those who destroy a man’s good name by their gossip should understand that the Lord will visit them with His retribution. If the reputation lost is one who has been anointed by the Lord to teach the word of God or minster to others, the penalty of the betrayer will be even more severe.
Though King Saul tormented and pursued David continually—when David had the opportunity to destroy Saul, he would not. The wisdom of David was displayed in his knowledge that whoever the Lord has anointed (placed in a position of spiritual authority) is also protected by God. Those who come against God’s servants are in a battle with the Lord of heaven. He will avenge His servants; He will repay.
The lesson that we should learn from those who betrayed Jesus:
Should we find ourselves in a place where negative comments are being spoken by us to other people about a particular person, we will place ourselves in danger of God’s judgment. The Lord hates division, gossip, talebearing, and the spreading of stories that destroy the reputation of others.
Proverbs 6:16 There are six things that the Lord hates, (the seventh is) an abomination to him: 19 …one who sows discord among brothers. (ESV)