Influenced by the devil
“2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.”
The devil is a defeated foe, but he is what God made him [eternal]; if you play to close to him he can reach out and touch you!
Notes for Verse 2
“Verse 2- supper being ended — rather, “being prepared,” “being served,” or, “going on”; for that it was not “ended” is plain from John 13:26. The devil having now — or, “already;” put into the heart of Judas . . . to betray him — referring to the agreement he had already made with the chief priests (Lu 22:3-6). -A Commentary: Critical, Experimental, and Practical on the Old and New Testaments-
The bible says that we are born in iniquity, and in sin, in other words the devil has already put his influence in our hearts. But God has already instituted a practice that is signified in the “supper.” He consecrated an activity that ushers us into spiritual cleansing.
Self-examination commanded before partaking of 1 Corinthians 11:28 (NLT) “28 That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup.”
1 Corinthians 11:31 (NLT), “31 But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way.” -The New Topical Textbook-
Historically, This verse describes the bible and its intent, to tell of Christ’s coming and His life while on earth and after His departure. Spiritually, we benefit from His example. We learn to practice living confidently in God’s promises, to humbly accept our Christian path (its hardships and benefits) and to love one another through it all, including those who betray us!
“…The last meal Jesus shared with His disciples before the crucifixion, The high point of the Bible and central event of the ages is the passion (betrayal, crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension) of Jesus Christ. All that goes before it in the Bible anticipates His coming. All that comes after presents the full meaning of the person and work of Christ.”
-Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary-
What is important about this scripture is that we are still victorious over sin because God has already put protection in place for believers. We must “take” communion regularly so that we never forget to examine ourselves to prayerfully wash away our sin. The act of spiritual cleansing (is) the act of “Developing Our Hearts for God.”