The ability to identify and minimize connection with those who are patently disrespectful is important. Disrespect affects revival, destroys unity and limits a group’s ability to function effectively. This post is part of a semi-regular series of “Spotlight on the Scripture” writings posted directly to the Facebook page of Calvary – Springfield, Missouri. Springfieldcalvary
Matthew 27:5 And he (Judas) cast down the pieces of silver in the temple . . .
The late Billy Cole would often speak of the importance of respect. Respect validates others. Respect sets boundaries for our behavior. Those who respect, seek a way showcase other people in a positive light.
Recognizing Judas Disrespect
Because Judas may have supported a revolt against Rome, he has been called, “Judas the zealot.” He could also be labeled, “Judas the disrespectful.”
- Judas disrespected Mary’s worship. He said her offering could have been used in a better way.
- A kiss of betrayal disrespected Jesus. It also disrespected the significance of a kiss.
Did Judas respect anything or anyone? Probably not. When disrespect is a person’s norm, nothing is off limits.
Judas’ behavior at the temple was disrespectful. Every Jew was taught the sanctity of the temple. The temple had several sections. The Holy of Holies was where the High Priest entered on the Day of Atonement. Nobody else went there.
A second section was the Holy Place. It contained the table of shewbread, altar of incense and golden candlestick. The Holy Place was busier than the Holy of Holies. Priests were constantly serving in the Holy Place. Again, there were constraints. Nobody but a priest was to be in the Holy Place. Judas knew all of this.
The Source of Disrespect
When Judas returned the thirty pieces of silver, the English translation reads, “He cast down the pieces of silver in the temple.” The Greek word translated temple is naos. Naos referred to the “Holy Place.” The area of the temple where a sign might have read, “Priests Only!” Judas was not a priest. He was not even from the tribe of Levi.
What was Judas doing in the holy place?
- Perhaps Judas presumed that his business relationship with the priests allowed him access.
- Judas could no longer respect anything. Not only did Judas not respect Jesus, but Judas also did not respect the constraints of Judaism.
How to Know Those Who Disrespect
Mark those who disrespect and carefully watch for such behavior in yourself. Be careful of a “disrespector.” Several characteristics you will see in those who lack respect:
- They never say a good thing about any other person.
- When anyone comments on the positive qualities of someone else, a “disrespector” rolls their eyes or something similar. . .
- The word “I” will be one the person uses often. Those who have a bold “I” in their vocabulary are never a team-player.
- They say or do things at the most inappropriate times. An example: confronting one of your failures or some area of conflict in front of other people. The intent is to bully and humiliate.
- They have no sense of boundaries. You can hear Judas saying, “If I want to go in the Holy Place, bless God I’ll go to the Holy Place.”
In our age of social media dumping those who respect others will become people we prize. What about you? Do you respect or disrespect?
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- The Word of God
- The Holy Ghost
- Speaking in Tongues
- The Nature of God