Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. (Matthew 26:14-16)
Judas Iscariot was an insider. He was one of the twelve yet he betrayed Jesus to the chief priests. What led him to that awful deed? Was it greed? Judas managed the money for the Twelve. He had shown a devious tendency in the use of the money for his own purposes. “The cancer of this greed spread from the material to the spiritual. (C.M. Kerr in International Standard Bible Encyclopedia).”
Is greed a innate human tendency based on the need to hedge against times of scarcity? It has become a major dysfunction in our individual and corporate lives. We only need to look at our current worldwide economic crisis for illustrations of individual and corporate greed.
How should I examine my life for the corrosive effect of greed? How does it spread from my material life to my spiritual life?
I pray “God give me spiritual insight to combat the corrosive effects greed in my life”.
-Submitted by Doug Cleveland
Exodus 21:32 said if you accidently killed or badly hurt a slave you owed the owner 30 pieces of silver. That was about five weeks’ wages for an average worker, a modest price—but it was Judas’ price. What does it mean to you to be loyal to Jesus? In what ways do you show how much that loyalty means to you?
The only reason the gospels give for why Judas sold Jesus out is a desire for money (e.g. John 12:4-6). How easy or hard do you find it to accept Jesus’ teaching that “life does not consist in an abundance of possessions” (Luke 12:15)?