by Nelson Price

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MATTHEW 10:1-4

Jesus Christ chose some very unlikely individuals to follow Him.
The question of why He chose Judas Iscariot lingers unanswered.
A question that troubles me even more is why Jesus chose to save
any of us? Why did He chose me?

The answer can only be found in His love for us.

He did not choose Judas to betray Him, but His choosing of Judas
gave to Judas occasion to betray Him.

Obviously Jesus loved him and the apostles trusted him. They
made Judas, not Matthew the accountant, their treasurer.

Judas must have had many outstanding qualities. He was the only
apostle chosen who was not from Galilee. He was from Jude. This
may have caused him some awkwardness. The others had the
common bond of being indigenous to Galilee, the same region as
Christ. Instead of making him feel inferior it should have made him
feel special.

Little is known about his background. There may be a clue to his
inclinations in that he is listed with Simon the Zealot. The name
Iscariot was likely an adaptation of the Aramaic word for "dagger-
man." "Ish" means "man of." "Sacarii" was the word for "dagger."

There were two primary revolutionary groups in the time of Christ.
One was the Zealots. Simon was a member of this group. The
other, the Sicarii. They were a group of devotees who refused to
submit to the Romans. Under the leadership of Menahem this
group seized Masada with its cash of weapons. The Sicarii slipped
into the Temple and helped lead the revolt that led to the
destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman general Titus.

A remnant of this group was the core group that held Masada
against the Romans for three years before committing suicide.

Consider that mentality as a member of your social club!

The question as to why Jesus chose Judas has four basic answers.

One, he had no choice. Though it is true someone had to betray
him Judas did not have to be that one. He chose to b ...

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