Dr. Haynes teaches Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention for all counselors and chaplains that serve in the Arkansas Prison System at the invitation from Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
1. THE SUICIDE OF JUDAS: MATTHEW 27:35
The story of Judas is the most commonly known of all of the Biblical suicides. Immediately following his betrayal of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane with the famous ‘kiss of death’, he came to the realization of what he had done. The Scripture states that guilt seized him and he couldn’t cope.
The following Pattern Develops for all of the Seven Biblical Suicide Accounts. First there is a Snare or Trap because of who they are… the way they think. In other words, what caused Judas to being open in his thinking that made him even consider the betrayal of Jesus Christ, the leader of the disciples.
Though Judas isn’t mentioned nearly as much during Jesus’ ministry as others like Peter, James, and John, the Bible does record that he was the treasurer for the disciples. However, the Bible also reveals that Judas used this position for his own personal gain. John records he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used it to help himself to what was put into it.
Another tidbit the Bible offers is a scene in which Judas protests Jesus’ actions. John 12 records that Jesus’ friend Mary took a large quantity of expensive perfume, poured it over Jesus’ feet, and wiped His feet with her hair as an act of worship.
Judas objected. “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.”
Though his intentions seemed pure, the Bible states that, “He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief. Obviously, he intended to skim the funds from the money bag.
This seems to have been a tipping point of sorts for Judas. After recounting the story of the perfume, Matthew and Mark immediately follow this scene with that of Judas’ deal with those who wanted to kill Jesus.
Matthew records, .”(Matthew 26:14-16) “Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So, they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
During the last supper scene, John 13:2 records that the devil had prompted Judas to betray Jesus. Judas’s habits with the money bag might suggest that materialism was the trap that Judas had stepped into long before this final scene. Judas’ depression caused him to hang himself on a tree where he remained until his body fell apart.
Hence the Pattern has a beginning.
JUDAS TRAP -- MATERIALISM
THE TRAP CAUSED GUILT
GUILT CAUSED DEPRESSION
DEPRESSION IS ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF SUICIDE
Judas is the only suicide recorded in the New Testament. There are six suicides recorded in the Old Testament. I shared a more extensive background that led to Judas final pattern. I will only share the patterns for The Old Testament suicides because I want you to see their backgrounds the “The Silent Killer” book you are about to order. When you get the book and study the backgrounds and patterns you will see the Suicidal Tendencies and be able to know the Suicide Prevention techniques. Then you can apply or teach others how to recognize the thinking and activity of people contemplating suicide.
Following will be the patterns of Old Testament Suicides.
2. THE SUICIDE OF ATHIHOPHEL: 2 SAMUEL 17:23
Ahithophel was King David’s chief war counselor. His counseling was rejected and he was devastated.
His Trap was the Unresolved Hurt because of Rejection.
He Expressed the Hurt through Non Loyalty
The Connective Cause was Bitterness
Harbored Bitterness is a Major Cause for Suicide Today
3. THE SUICIDE OF ZIMRI: I Kings 16:15-20.
Zimri was a rebellious King in the time when Israel was in deep sin against God.
His Trap was Pride. He wanted to be Number One
He Expressed His Pride by Rejecting Authority
The Connective Cause was Rebellion
Rebellion is a Major Cause for Suicide Today
4. THE SUICIDE OF ABIMELECH: Judges 9:52-54
Abimelech was a son of Gideon and became a Judge in Israel. He was the product of an incredible maze of family abnormalities.
His Trap was Personal Identity. Breakdown of Family.
He Expressed His Identity Crisis by Killing his half brothers
The Connective Cause was Insecurity
Insecurity is a Major Cause for Suicide Today
5. THE SUICIDE OF SAMPSON: Judges 16:25-30.
Samson desired to die for a purpose, or a CAUSE. It was an act of martyrdom.
His Trap Was Disobedience
He Expressed His Mistake by Adopting a Cause
The Connective Cause was Revenge
Revenge is a Major Cause for Suicide Today
6. THE SUICIDE OF SAUL: 1 Samuel 31:4
The People of Israel demanded to have a king like all the nations around them, so God granted their request. Saul was a perfect specimen for Israel’s choice.
His Trap was Failure He was rejected as King
He Expressed His Failure in Rejection
The Connective Cause was Hopelessness
Hopelessness is a Major Cause for Suicide Today
7. THE SUICIDE OF SAUL’S ARMOR BEARER: 1 Samuel 31:5
The story of the death of Saul’s armor bearer is almost identical to
approximately 40% of the youth who successfully commit suicide today.
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His Trap was Misplaced Loyalty
He Expressed Confusion
The Connective Cause was Irreversible Impluse
Impluse is a Major Cause for Suicide Today