On this day of the Holy Week, Tuesday, a number of events took place. First, Jesus’ authority was challenged in the temple (Mark 11:27-33). This, and the general rejection by Hebrews, fulfilled the ancient prophecy that He would be rejected by his own people (Isiah 53:1,3; Psalm 41:19).
Second, Jesus taught in stories and confronted the Jewish leaders (Matthew 21:28-23:36). Then, after the Greeks asked to see Jesus (John 12:20-26), He delivered the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24).
Finally, a big moment came – Judas agreed to betray Jesus (Matthew 26:14-16):
Then one of the Twelve – the one called Judas Iscariot – went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
Matthew is the only one to record the amount Judas was offered. Some pastors will point to the 30 silver coins and note that it was the price of a slave (Exodus 21:32). But at the time of the New Testament (1200 years after Exodus) you couldn’t have bought a healthy a slave for that little, especially considering by tradition Judas was from a wealthy family. The 30 coins is significant because by Jewish law it had to be paid before the information from the informant could be used. Later, when Judas did in fact betray him, he would fulfill yet another ancient prophecy, this one found in Psalm 41:9. (by Joshua Claybourn)
Tuesday of Holy week: Judas accepts 30 pieces of silver
April 19, 2011 by joyfulpapist