Judas said,
“What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?”   And they weighed out 30 pieces of silver to him.
(Matthew. 26:15).

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            Judas Iscariot  an apostle of Jesus Christ         and betrayer of Jesus Christ                        This is a true story!

Judas Iscariot, the apostle

All four gospels identify Judas as the betrayer when they first mention him
(Matthew. 10, Mark. 3, Luke. 6, John. 6:71).
The name “Judas” was a common Jewish name during the time of Christ and it means “God is praised.”  His father is named as Simon Iscariot
(John. 6:71).
The name Iscariot means “man of Kerioth” meaning that both he and his father were from Kerioth.  Kerioth was in Moab
(Jeremiah. 48:24, Amos 2:1-2)
which meant that he was the only Apostle that was not from Galilee
(Acts 2:7)       

He served as treasurer for the Apostles which meant he carried the money bag.  John tells us that he was also dishonest and that he often stole money out of the bag whenever he wanted it.
(John. 12:1-6) 

This is why he objected so strongly to Mary (sister of Martha and Lazarus) pouring expensive perfume (nard) on Jesus’ feet.  He said they should have sold the nard and used the money to help the poor.  But what he really wanted was more money in the treasury so he could steal it.  

            The next time Judas is mentioned is in the upper room at the Last Supper.  Jesus tells his disciples that one of them is going to betray him.
(John. 13:21)
  When one of the disciples asks who it is Jesus replies “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.”
He then gives the bread to Judas and as soon as he takes the bread from Jesus John says “Satan entered into him.”
 and Judas got up and left to betray Jesus.  Later, at the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus had been praying Judas arrives with a mob of people carrying swords and clubs.  Judas had told the chief priests that the one who I kiss is Jesus so they would know who to arrest
(Mt. 26:48)
 and so Judas approaches Jesus and greets him with a kiss and Jesus is arrested.

 It is possible that Judas didn’t know that they would kill Jesus after arresting him because the next morning when Judas finds out Jesus is condemned to die Matthew says he became “seized with remorse.”
(Matthew. 27:3)

He returns to the chief priests and confesses “I have sinned for I have betrayed innocent blood.”
(Matthew 27:4)
And when the priests respond by saying “that’s your responsibility” Judas throws the thirty pieces of silver he was paid by them into the temple.  He then left and committed suicide by hanging himself.
(Matthew. 27:5) 
 Sometime after he was dead his body fell from the place he was hanged and Acts 1:18 says his body burst open when it hit the ground and his intestines spilled out. Gross!!!

            The chief priests decided not to put the money Judas returned into the temple treasury because it was “blood” money (which means it was money used to shed innocent blood) so they bought the field where Judas died to be used as a grave yard for foreigners
(Matthew 27:6-7)
 After this the field became known as the “Field of Blood”
 (Acts 1:19, Matthew. 27:8).

Judas was filled with remorse when he saw that Jesus was condemned to die.


The origin of the number “13” being considered unlucky......

     comes from the fact that there were 13 people at the Last Supper;

     the 13th was Judas who left the supper early to betray Jesus.

     And guess what it happened to be a Friday! Thus Friday the 13th is the unluckiest day of all in modern superstition.

     Now hotels don’t have rooms numbered 13 they skip from 12 to 14 and many buildings higher than 13 floors skip from floor 12 to 14 as well!

     Also the term “Judas priest” originated a long time ago as an alternative swear word.

Instead of taking the Lord’s name in vain which is a sin, it was considered ok to take Judas’s name in vain!

Notice the word "weighed" in the verse at the top of the page.  In Jesus' day, money was identified by how much it weighed.  A talent weighed 80 pounds. 

If you were rich, you practically had to carry around a whole 'nother person!  ha!

And Pharoah-nechoh....put a tribute to the land of a hundred talents of silver and one talent of gold. And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built after the name of Shemar, owner of the hill, Samaria And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me and be unto me a father and a priest and I will give thee ten shekels of silver bythe year,....
And the servant answered Saul again and said Behold I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver, that will I give to the man of God to tell us our way. Thou shalt even take five shekels apiece by the poll, after the shekel of the sanctuary shalt thou take them, (the shekel is twenty gerahs). And he called his ten servants and delivered them ten minas and said unto them, Occupy until I come. --------- Bible Reference says that 50 shekels make a mina and 60 minas (12.5 ounces) make a talent
And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites which make a farthing.  Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. ------------Bible Reference says farthing is halfpenny  And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. -----------Bible Reference says that a penny is an eighth of an ounce.
 Also we made ordinances for us to charge ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God.  And Hiram sent to the king sixscore talents of gold.  The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the Lord, to make an atonement for your souls.

In this quiz,
read the verses above, then pick the greatest in value first,
then the next greatest value and so forth........

    This is the most valuable

    This is the least valuable


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