Daily Post: Notorious
Hippias was a traitor to his Athenian heritage and conspired to work with the Persians and lead them ashore at the Battle of Marathon. Had the Greeks lost at Marathon the nation would almost certainly have fallen, making this battle one of the most important battles in European history.
After leading a group of rebels, which grew to an army of 16,000, Robert Kett led the army to storm the city of Norwich in 1549. By late August Kett was captured, then imprisoned in the Tower of London. He was found guilty of high treason, and hanged in the Castle of Norwich, in December the same year.
Karel Curda, in 1942, and an elite covert team from the Czech Army parachuted into Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, their mission to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich. After completing the mission, Curda informed on his team, handing them over to the Nazis for a reward of 1 million reichsmarks. Captured in 1947 he was tried, then executed for treason.
The Rosenburgs, Julius and Ethel, were found guilty, then executed for espionage (convicted for their direct involvement of providing nuclear arms information to the Soviet Union).
These notorious criminals, traitors, and all their actions combined with all the other infamous deeds in history which are too numerous to mention, do not compare with the gravest act of treason ever documented.
Judas Iscariot was one of those closest to God’s Son on earth. Jesus of Nazareth had chosen him personally to be part of the team, the inner circle of twelve, from all the other Jewish men in Judah at the time. It boggles the mind that Jesus would do this with full knowledge of what Judas would do just a few years later.
Image the shock and horror of the other 11 men, (while Jesus knew all along it would happen), as Judas embraces the Master and kisses him on the cheek. The reward, a pittance, a mere 30 pieces of silver. This notorious action, and the evil nature of his betrayal, stands alone, in my opinion as the most unconscionable behavior of all human history. Yet, God used this very event to bring about the saving grace for all mankind, revealed in the death of Jesus on a Roman cross.
God has a habit of taking truly evil deeds done by men and women alike, and by allowing them to happen, bring about something unseen and unknown to all involved, that would result in His own ultimate glory. So you might say, whether famous or infamous, the deeds men do, will in one way or another bring glory to God. We can choose this course of bringing God glory, or we can insult His authority and make truly heinous choices. Even in these, God will reign supreme, judging the infamous actions with impunity. We don’t always see it, others continue to debate it, but this is my solemn belief.
It is the essence of truth found in Romans 8:28
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
verse 31 begins… “What then shall we say to these things?“
My answer is: Amen, and Amen!
God let me be famous for bringing you glory with my life!
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