… and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus …
Some things had to happen.
It is easy to accept the good things being seen and permitted by God.
Less easy if it’s a bad thing.
“Long ago”, in the ancestor generations, David said it would happen.
It didn’t have to be Judas.
But there would be a betrayal.
Why didn’t someone spot it?
Perhaps because they would have stopped it happening.
Can you imagine the 12 disciples gathering around after another incredible day with Jesus and Peter insisting again and again, “Listen guys, the Scripture says someone betrays Jesus, let’s make sure it’s not one of us!”
That just didn’t happen.
They were discovering who Jesus was and would still have doubts even as he ascended. And perhaps there are times when God just hides things from us. For they certainly only appropriated this Scripture after the event.
The cross of salvation needed the betrayal.
The good needed the bad.
It was part of the story.
This prayerful people were becoming also a people of the Scriptures.
They found that in the Psalms, the prophets and kings inspired by the Spirit prophesied of a traitor, one opposing the King of kings would come from within their own ranks.
This meant that God was in control all along.
The Word of God brings the balance when your world seems out of control.