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Matthew 26:14-16: Judas

Posted by adventbiblestudy on August 17, 2012


Matthew 26:14-16 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests (15) and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?” And they gave him thirty pieces of silver. (16) From that time on, Judas began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.

 

Judas was looking around the room at all the guests. Nothing seemed to impress him. He decided to think about some of the things Jesus taught the night before. He was still tired and had to do something to stay awake.

 

He wondered what ten bridesmaids had anything to do with Heaven. Were they there to serve? Did they represent the different factions he would be facing once Jesus took His throne? Judas thought about how women acted, especially when they were under pressure. Always trying to out do one another, especially at important gatherings. Judas imagined the women spent so much time playing their little head games among and against one another, they wasted all their energy when they should have been concentrating on the task at hand. A problem he worked hard to avoid.

 

In the parable of the lazy servant Judas thought of the ways he could make money grow. People are generally gullible enough to believe a good story, and most times bewildered when it came to matters of financial interest. With his education and training he would have no problem collecting a fair amount of interest on the master’s investment. Judas could see his role explained in that parable.

 

Judas still could not figure out Jesus’ closing remark last night. “As you know, Passover begins in two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” The Son of Man generally refers to Jesus Himself. Why would He say that about Himself? Was He testing them, or did it have some sort of spiritual meaning. Jesus was always doing that. Saying things that made little or no sense. Then he had to listen to all the speculation from the other disciples. Judas prided himself on the fact he usually had most of the details figured out rather quickly, but this one didn’t seem to make any sense at all.

 

Staring at the center of the table Judas saw the bread set in the middle, but barely noticed, who placed it there. He saw her out of the corned of his eye, and thought she looked familiar. Then convinced himself, it could not be her. She would never be able to secure a job working for someone as rich had their host. He had too much sense to hire a woman like her.

 

Sitting across from Jesus, he noticed something was going on, but looked around the room, sometimes appreciating, other times criticizing the dress and ornaments worn by the guests. He thought some day soon they would be noticing and appreciating his clothes and position. Finally the aroma reached his nose. Judas looked closer at Jesus. A figure lay prone at His feet. He hesitated for a moment to be certain. When Mary raised her head, Judas instantly recognized her with her hair down. He always disliked her. He wondered why Jesus paid so much attention to her, kept encouraging, casting out demons, and allowing her to follow and serve Him. Nothing could hold Judas back. This was the opportunity he was waiting for. “What a waste of money,” he said. “It could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.” The comment silenced the room. They all sat staring at Jesus waiting for a reply. He sat quietly letting Mary enjoy the moment. He knew her love was driving her. He wanted the others to have a moment to ponder the situation. When the time was right Jesus answered. “Why criticize this woman for doing such a good thing to me? You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me. She has poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.”

 

Judas felt humiliated. He felt he had been patient long enough. He always hoped and prayed Jesus would see the error of His ways. Sure it is nice to help the poor, preach to the common people, even establish a type of relationship with some of the religious leaders and the Roman soldiers, but there is a limit to everything. Judas felt he was the only one who could see Jesus’ potential, His might and power. What did all these little things do to help the nation, to set it back on the right path? How was all that going to reestablish the glory of Israel?

 

An anger swelled up inside Judas. He waited for three years for Jesus to take David’s throne. The crowd that gathered to escort Jesus into Jerusalem was proof enough for him. Everything was in order and the time to act was now. They may never see another opportunity like this again.

 

Judas weighed the facts once more. The city was filled to the breaking point with His followers. Jesus spoke about His death. What if He knew about a plot to kill Him and had not shared it with the others? Jesus Himself said He was planning to leave Jerusalem soon. As far as Judas could see, there was no other choice. Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?” And they gave him thirty pieces of silver. From that time on, Judas began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.

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