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The Greed of the Disciple Judas Isacriot

The Disciple Judas Iscariot’s greed is recorded in the gospels.  It led him to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver and ultimately guilt and shame that drove him to despair.  Judas was the keeper of the money and predisposed to corruption and theft (John 12:6). He prioritized financial gain over loyalty, friendship and integrity.  Judas ultimately took his own life as he was overcome with the guilt of what he had done and the realization that it could not be undone.

The Disciple Judas’ story serves as a profound moral lesson on the dangers of unchecked greed overshadowing a person’s values and the impact it can have on personal relationships.

This was a heart issue for Judas.  He schemed with the enemy to turn Jesus over to the chief priests and looked for his opportunity to do so. (Luke 22:3-6 ESV).  Judas’ intentional kiss of Jesus, signaling to the men to seize Jesus was premeditated and incredibly deceitful. (Matthew 26:47-50).

“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.  It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”                      1 Timothy 6:9-10

The Fruit of Greed

Greed can be understood from both psychological and theological factors: Fear of lack, insecurity about the future, selfishness/self-centeredness, discontentment, envy, materialism, pride, ambition, lack of trust in God, idolatry, and/or a poverty mindset.

This greed leads to fruit that is seen in: moral and spiritual decline, loneliness and isolation, stress and anxiety, addiction and destructive behavior, broken relationships, betrayal, distrust, corruption, crime and violence, market instability, injustice, economic inequality, unethical business practices, insatiable spending habits, and loss of purpose.

How do we overcome GREED?

1.  RECOGNIZE the GREED is there

2. REPENT for coming into agreement with GREED

3. LET GO of the hurt and pain by forgiving those who have tempted you into GREED

4. LET GOD help you walk a new way now that you have repented and forgiven

Learn more about how to walk out this journey through our Trace Modeling curriculum at www.JourneyU.org/CLASSES

By Angela Aberle
Image by Alexander Grey