Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Daily Devotion: Outrageous

Bible Reading: Matthew 27:1-10 

Key Verse: Verse 3  Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,”

Key Words:
the thirty pieces of silver

What’s the most outrageous thing you would do for $10,000 cash?  That’s the question posed recently by Chicago radio station WKOX, which attracted responses from more than 6,000 full-tilt crazies.

The eventual winner: Jay Gwaltney of Zionsville, Indiana, who consumed an 11-foot birch sapling – leaves, roots, bark and all.  For the event, he donned a tux and dined at a table set elegantly with china, sterling, candles and a rose vase.  Armed with pruning shears, the Indiana State University sophomore began chomping from the top of the tree and worked his way, branch by branch, to the roots.  His only condiment: French dressing for the massive birch-leaf salad.  The culinary feat took eighteen hours over a period of three days.

When it was all over, Gwaltney complained of an upset stomach.  Evidently the bark was worse than his bite.

Some people will do anything for money. Now, if you think what Jay Gwaltney did is outrageous, think about what Judas did.  He betrayed the Son of God for thirty pieces of silver.  (The silver was probably a shekel or a dram which is equal to a penny – so for thirty cents Judas betrayed Jesus.)

Now, Judas is not the only one who was outrageous.  Think of those who refuse to give to God’s work in order to enjoy the pleasures of this world; or think of those who put money before worshipping God on the Lord’s Day.  Let’s face it, there are those who do some pretty outrageous things because of their desire for “money.”  Surely you’re not one of those, are you?

What to do:
✞ Put God first in your life – this includes your checkbook.

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