What Do We Do While We're Waiting on the Lord?
One of the most deeply disturbing realities they had to confront was the betrayal of Judas Iscariot. How should they understand Judas' betrayal of the Lord? As they consulted Scripture, they found that Judas' betrayal had been revealed beforehand by the Holy Spirit. Where did they find this?
Well, Peter's mention of David helps us limit our search to the Psalms, that portion of Scripture which David wrote. Peter was obviously deeply familiar with the Psalms. He quoted from them a few days later at Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out. As a Jewish man, he would have sung, prayed and memorized the Psalms from early childhood. What he did not expect, perhaps, was how clearly these familiar Psalms spell out the death and resurrection of Jesus, including His betrayal by Judas.
God often used circumstances in David's life to prefigure Jesus. In this way, Bible scholars speak of David as a type of Christ. David is the type and Jesus is the antitype, or reality. This means David is the shadow and anticipation, while Jesus is the substance and the fulfillment. One of these patterns in David's life comes out of his betrayals, which anticipate Jesus' own betrayals. David was betrayed by his king, Saul, and then later by his son, Absalom.
Two psalms in particular express David's anguish over his betrayals and speak of Christ: Psalms 41 and 109. These verses from those psalms speak clearly of the betrayal of Christ by Judas:
For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,
speaking against me with lying tongues.
They encircle me with words of hate,
and attack me without cause.
In return for my love they accuse me,
but I give myself to prayer. - Psalm 109:2-4
When the wicked men came and encircled Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was giving Himself to prayer. Even more, Judas greeted Jesus with a kiss, making his accusation with a sign of affection!
When David wrote these words 1,000 years before Jesus was born, he was being used by the Holy Spirit to tell the story of Jesus' betrayal by Judas. Peter recognized this, and so he sought to obey the words of Psalm 109:8: "May his days be few;
Wisdom calls continually to us in all areas of life,