Jesus continues teaching on this day. ALL the people came to HIM DAILY to hear what he was TEACHING!!!
Luke 31:37-38 “Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, 38 and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple.
Matthew 26:14 “Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests”
Does it not AMAZE you that this week in our regular readings in Numbers we have been reading about Balaam. God talked to Balaam, a sorcerer, because HE knew the Moabites and Midianites were listening to him. After Balaam’s ass spoke to him, Balaam walked the walk and talked the talk, but his TRUE heart’s desire came out in his life, and eventually he was killed for not only encouraging the Israelite men to have sex with women outside of their own people …. But he KNEW that the Midianite women had sex as a form of worship to their god ….. a false god!!!
What does Judas do??? His TRUE heart’s desire came out and can be seen in John 12:3-8 and John 6:70-71. In a Bible commentary by Matthew Henry he stated: “What did Judas want? Was not he welcome wherever his Master was? Did he not fare as Christ fared? It is not the lack, but the LOVE OF MONEY, that is the root of all evil. After he had made that wicked bargain, Judas had time to repent, and to revoke it; but when lesser acts of dishonesty have hardened the conscience men do without hesitation that which is more shameful. (Matthew 26:17-25)”
Why did Judas betray Jesus? Because Jesus could not or would not be who Judas wanted Him to be. Judas wandered with Jesus for a good three years and came to the conclusion that a poor, itinerant teacher who refused to take political power was not of any significant value to him. Judas used Jesus throughout the three years, and he used Him again in the end. When Judas realized what the high priests had planned for Jesus, Judas regretted his selfishness. But he still couldn’t accept Jesus as Lord.
The following came from http://www.compellingtruth.org/Judas-betray-Jesus.html#ixzz2Olhc5PUl
“Judas was not the only person in Jesus’ life who used Him. The people who lined the road to Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11) thought He was a political king and military conqueror who would chase Rome out of Israel and re-establish the autonomous Jewish nation. When they learned He had no political power, they were quick to demand His death (Matthew 27:20).
Countless people today do the same thing. They hear about Jesus’ healing power, or His ability to grant wishes or comfort. Many even respect His teaching. And they learn about His character, His claims, and His crucifixion. But they don’t accept Him as Lord. We are just as guilty as Judas when we use Jesus for our own selfish gain.”
Thirty Pieces of Silver
In the Old Testament, 30 coins was the price paid for Restoration. A slave could be bought back for 30 coins. WE have been purchased back with these 30 coins, out of our slavery!
Judas actions also fulfilled prophesy. Zechariah 11:12-13 states:
“I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the Lord.”
In Matthew 27, Judas becomes filled with remorse for betraying the Lord and tries to return the 30 pieces of silver but the chief priests refuse to take his money. When the elders refuse, Judas throws the silver into the temple, leaves, and hangs himself. The chief priests did not want to put “blood money” back into the treasury and purchased a potter’s field with it. Matthew 27 states in verse 9 “Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: they took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”
I pray your heart is being pulled closer and closer to the Lord Jesus in a way you have never known before so that your heart is READY to WORSHIP HIM in a way you have never known before. EXPECT something wonderful from HIM in your being.
Sharing HIS love,