Thursday, April 7, 2022

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14-16 That is when one of the Twelve, the one named Judas Iscariot, went to the cabal of high priests and said, “What will you give me if I hand him over to you?” They settled on thirty silver pieces. He began looking for just the right moment to hand him over.

-Matthew 26:14-16 The Message

Judas to Betray Jesus

Verse 14: Then, one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests

Verse 15: and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.

Verses 14-15 studies: The question is, why would Judas want to betray Jesus? Judas and the disciples expected Jesus to start a political rebellion and overthrow Rome. Judas expected a critical position in Jesus’ new government because of his position as a treasure. Judas didn’t realize until Jesus started praising Mary for pouring out perfume worth a year’s salary that Judas saw this as possibly a spiritual thing and not a physical or political aspect of Jesus’ new kingdom. Judas’ greedy desire for money and status could not be realized if he followed Jesus. That’s why Judas betrayed Jesus; he got money and favor from religious leaders in return.

The Request of James and John
35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”

-Mark 10:35-37 ESV

Verse 15 study: Matthew recorded the amount of money Judas accepted to betray Jesus; 30 silver coins, which is the price of an enslaved person. The religious leaders planned to wait until Passover to take Jesus, but they accelerated their plans with Judas’s unexpected offer.

32 If the ox gores a slave, male or female, the owner shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

- Exodus 21:32 ESV

Verse 16: And from that moment, he sought an opportunity to betray him.

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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