“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Matthew 26, “JUDAS AGREES TO BETRAY JESUS”

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“JUDAS AGREES TO BETRAY JESUS,”  Matthew 26:14) Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,  John 13:2.  15) And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will Deliver Him Unto You?  And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.  Zechariah 11:12.  16) And From That Time he Sought Opportunity To Betray Him.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v14, The enormity of Judas’s sin is seen the words one of the twelve.  Jesus Was Betrayed By One Of His Inner Circle.  v15, 16, Thirty pieces of silver was the price of a slave (see Exodus 21:32).  Zechariah had foreshadowed this sum in his Prophetic Actions (Zechariah 11:12, 13).  

Quest Study Bible – v14-16, “What prompted Judas to Turn In Jesus?”   Judas was undoubtedly annoyed when Jesus Rebuked him for his comments about the waste of the expensive perfume (John 12:4-8).  His greed may have been a factor in his accepting 30 silver coins to Betray Jesus.  Some speculate That Jesus’s Talk Of Burial (v. 12) disillusioned Judas, who may been put off or confused by the The Idea That A Real Messiah Could Die (see 16:21-25; Mark 9:9-10).  Others think Judas was disappointed because Jesus Seemed Unwilling To Establish The Earthly Kingdom Many Expected.  Whatever the cause, Satan was behind Judas’s Deed (John 13:27).  v14-16, SCRIPTURE LINK, in Mark 14:17-21, Mark tells that Judas would be the one to Betray Jesus.   v14-16, SCRIPTURE LINK, Judas’s agreement to Betray Jesus can also be found in Mark 14:10-11 and Luke 22:3-6.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v14-16, There Were But Twelve Called Apostles, And One Of Them Was Like A Devil; surely we must never expect any society to be quite pure on this side of Heaven.  The greater profession men make of Religion, the greater opportunity they have of doing mischief, If Their Hearts Be Not Right With God.  Observe, That Christ’s Own Disciple, who knew so well His Doctrine And Manner Of His Life, and was False To Him, could not charge Him With Any Thing Criminal, though it would have served to Justify his treachery.  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.    

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