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The seed of satan

John 13:2 & John 13:27

V. 2: “And supper being ended the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s {son} to betray Him."

    V. 27 “Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, ‘What you do, do quickly.’”

The word for “put” in verse 2 is the Greek word #906- “ballo” and it means “to throw or let go of a thing without caring where it falls, or to give over to one’s care uncertain about the result.” 

    This means that satan was just throwing an idea out there- scattering it like a seed- he didn’t know where it would land! He didn’t know who would take hold. What is absolutely astounding about this is that most people do exactly what Judas did… they believe that because there is a thought that crosses their minds, that it is their thought. Further they believe that because “they” have had this thought… that they are already in sin. This is the issue because that is not at all how God sees it. If we were to read the entire chapter of John 13, we would see that verse 2 occurs prior to Jesus washing the disciple’s feet, prior to Him “breaking bread” with them. This includes Judas- Jesus washed Judas’ feet also! Jesus even makes the statement in verses 16-17 that knowing that a servant is not greater than his master and that we are {as disciples} responsible for each other does no good unless you act on that knowledge… He states that within earshot of Judas. Basically Jesus is saying that you are only blessed if you do the Word not just if you hear the Word. God is both warning Judas and giving him a chance to make the right decision… He is not holding that little thought of betrayal against him. In fact, He is acting as if it has never even occurred to Judas. Of course Jesus knew what was going to happen but still He offered a choice- a way out for Judas. It was not until verse 27 that Jesus said anything about it directly to Judas. This is because in verse 27, we see that satan entered Judas. The word for “entered” here is the Greek word #1525- “Eiserchomai” and it refers to satan taking possession of a body or of thoughts coming into the mind. Basically at this point is when satan knows that Judas is a willing vessel. We don’t know exactly what triggered Judas to finally give in to the seeds of satan, but we know that it was not until Judas made up his mind to sin against God that Jesus mentioned it to him. Judas had a chance to walk away up to that point… This is outstanding because it shows us that fleeting thoughts in our minds are not sin, even if they go against God. They are not sin until we “take” them into our hearts. Further, this is important because it shows that satan cannot read our minds… he has no idea if the seeds he is spitting are going to produce fruit in us or not!!!

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