The Betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot is usually represented through the pivotal moment in which Judas identifies Jesus to the arresting party in the Garden of Gethsemane by kissing him. Yet according to the Gospels, even prior to the Last Supper when Jesus announced to his disciples that one of them would betray him, Judas had already made a deal with the chief priests of the Temple of Jerusalem to hand Jesus over to them in exchange for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:15-21)
God saves certain families out of pure grace, but He also tears other families apart out of sheer wrath.This is exemplified in the killing of the idolatrous Hebrews by their own brothers the Levites. The holiness of God was upheld through the godly Levites He had empowered to be human angels about to inflict divine justice. As one family by blood pledging allegiance to Him, they brandished the sword against their own unrepentant kindred (Exodus 32:27-29).
So lift up your head and rejoice—not because of the trial, but because of God’s faithfulness in the trial, and because of the end result. He promises to work all things together for your good in the light of eternity (see Romans 8:28).