Judas -- The Betraying Disciple -- Part 2 (13 of 15) by Stan Coffey

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Judas -- The Betraying Disciple -- Part 2 (13 of 15)
Stan Coffey

Matthew 26:14-16 (CSV) -- (14) Then one of the Twelve -- the man called Judas Iscariot -- went to the chief priests (15) and said, "What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?" So they weighed out 30
pieces of silver for him. (16) And from that time he started looking for a good opportunity to betray Him.

A. The Beginning of the Plotting (vs. 14)
1. The instance of it, "Then" -- the context of the above verse indicates that the beginning of the actual plotting of the betrayal took place immediately after Judas was rebuked by Jesus for criticizing Mary's anointing of Christ.

2. The initiation of it according to Mark ten, Judas was not contacted by the evil religious leaders, rather, he contacted them.

3. The instigation of it, "Then entered into Judas, surnamed Iscariot...he went his way and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them." (Luke 22:3,4)

4. The inspiration from it, "And when they heard it, they were glad." (Mark 14;11)

B. The Bargaining in the Plotting -- (vs. 15)
1. The asking -- "What will you give me?" This gives away the heart of Judas who was still concerned about his purse rather than his person.

2. The agreement -- "They covenanted with him for 30 pieces of silver." This was the price paid if a lowly servant was gored by one's oxen. (Ex. 21:31-32)

C. The Beholding in the Plotting -- (vs. 16)
1. The seeking for an opportunity -- "From that time he sought opportunity to betray him."

2. The stipulation in the opportunity -- "he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him unto them in the absence of the multitude." (Luke 22:6)

A. Their Ignorance is seen in their Surprise -- "The disciples looked one to an ...

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