Betrayal

<<disloyalty, treachery>>

At times we maybe let down by the unfaithfulness of others, such as when spouses cheat sexually on their partners. This is fallen mankind being disloyal to another sinful human. The ultimate betrayal was that done by Judas to the righteous Jesus, who knew He would be betrayed and by whom. Judas acted deceitfully, and even the signal, a kiss was an act

Do I let slip what has been told                           to me confidentially?

of treachery (Mt 26:21,23,25,48,49; Jn 18:4). In the sovereignty of God, the OT has a reference to betrayal being the planned means of Jesus being killed, and even the amount of money paid to the traitor (Ps 41:9; Zech 11:12,13).

At the end of this age, Jesus said, “You will be betrayed by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death” – the ultimate deceit and deception (Mt 10:21, 24:10; Lk 21:16).  “A gossip betrays a confidence, so avoid a person who speaks too much” (Prov 11:13, 20:19, 25:9).

See also: deception, Judas Iscariot.

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