March 14, 2013

Matthew 27:3-10

Feeling much remorse and guilt, Judas attempted to right his wrong by returning the money. He could not have gotten far enough into the temple area to approach the chief priests. Most likely, he threw the coins over a separating wall. The only example of suicide in the New Testament is found here.

The mention of using the money to purchase a burial ground for strangers and its connection to the prophecy found in Jeremiah 18:1-4 is problematic. The same prophecy is also found in Zechariah 11:12-13. The important application here is twofold. First, people can be so blinded that they justify evil deeds. The chief priests had no problem paying Judas money for his betrayal, but when the money was thrown back at them, they could not consider using it for the temple expenses because it was connected to murder. Second, regardless of Judas’ motivations, he still could have made a different choice. His hard heart resulted in his destruction.