This week marks the formal end of our study of “Twelve Ordinary Men” as we cover the twelfth disciple, Judas –the traitor. It’s been a great study, not just from my point of view, but by the comments many have responded to me. And this week, we cover the “outsider” within the group of apostles; the one, solely responsible for the betrayal of Jesus.
The quote, “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer” probably has a few different origins. However, it’s famous from the movie, The Godfather 2. But why would we keep our enemies closer to us than our friends? Is this to say that we should treat those unkind to use, our enemies, much better than those who are kind to us?
One might say that the reason you keep your enemies closer is because it gives that “enemy” a false sense of security. It allows them to drop their guard. So, of course, in that regard we should always keep our enemies closer.
Jesus knew well in advance that Judas would betray Him. Yet, he allowed him to become close to all the disciples. And maybe in this way, Jesus too was keeping his enemies closer.
We’ll find out this week as Aaron Harper leads us in the final week’s discussion.
As for next week, we’ll wrap up the book, informally, by gathering at The Charlotte Cafe off Park Road for breakfast.
But that’s next week…..
This Friday, meet at The Cornwell Center beginning at 7:30 am in fellowship. Aaron will kick things off around 7:45 am.
Have a great week until then!