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The Friendship of Pilate and Herod (Luke 23:12)

Introductory Thoughts

Friendships generally develop around some type of common ground or linked association. These activities can be either good or bad, righteous or wicked. Pilate and Herod are prime examples of the wrong kind of relationship nurtured through a sinful association. Before they joined forces against the Son of God, they “were at enmity between themselves.” The word enmity reveals that they not only were not friends, but actually disdained each other to the point of being enemies. Nothing could repair this breach until they joined together in the trial of the Saviour. Standing together against Jesus Christ repaired this relationship and created an unholy association. On that day, they found common ground by uniting together in mockery of the Son of God. The Bible speaks of a future time when, “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD” (Psalm 2:2). Earthly kings rarely get along unless they find a common interest or benefit. Far too often, these rulers find themselves in an unholy alliance rather than a holy one.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Are there some boys and girls you don't like? Why don't you like them? What makes you like those you call your friends? The best answer you can give is that you love God and so do they.
  • (For everyone): What common ground do you have with your friends? What draws you to them and them to you? Do they have a love for the Saviour? If not, what does this say for you?
  • Do your friends aid you in your service to God, or do they tempt you to go astray? Do they appreciate you for your love for the Lord Jesus? Do you appreciate their faithfulness to the Lord?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to open your eyes to the true spiritual nature of your friendships.
  • Ask God about each friendship and whether or not He approves.