Coming of the King: Week 55
- 26:5 "not during the feast" - the feast of Passover. And yet, the
death they were plotting was the one prophesied by Passover itself.
They tried to postpone the assassination until a more politically
opportune time, but they could not. Jesus died at the very
hour of the slaying of the Passover lambs.
- 26:6 "Simon the leper" - There is a similar incident at the house of Simon
the Pharisee in Luke
7:36-50. I believe that this is the very same Simon, who
contracted leprosy and was healed by Jesus since that initial dinner
party, becoming part of His close friends at Bethany.
- 26:9 "given to the poor" - the Tabernacle and Temple were very
expensive places of worship at God's direction. There is a
lot of money to made in giving to the poor, as John points
out in chapter 12, and as documented for today in
- 26:14 This last ointment incident (Mary had annointed his
feet 4 days earlier, before Palm Sunday, as mentioned in
seems to have been the last straw for Judas. We can only speculate
about his motivation, but my speculation is that he was convinced
Jesus was the Messiah, come to deliver Israel from the Romans,
and was impatiently waiting for the Revolution. He knew Jesus
had divine power, and thought he needed a deadly confrontation with
the Establishment to force his hand. Our study of Scripture
has shown us many examples of people "helping" God out when
the promise seems slow to be fulfilled.
- 26:15 "30 pieces of silver" - given the growing avarice in Judas
hinted at throughout the Gospels, I suspect that whatever
qualms he had over the idea of betraying Jesus to prod Him
into action were overcome by the thought of "killing two birds
with one stone", and bringing more money into the coffers.
For the Revolution, that is, the Ministry, of course.