Thursday, November 12, 2009

Does crime pay?

I like to watch true life mysteries. My wife thinks I am sick, because so many of them involve murders of one spouse to the other. Remember Laci Peterson?
Almost always, the folks get caught. Especially if they are successful the first time, and the second time. They usually try it again, and usually someone catches on, and puts them away after the third time.

They say crime never pays.

What did Judas get for this crime he perpetuated?

1 -2 In the first light of dawn, all the high priests and religious leaders met and put the finishing touches on their plot to kill Jesus. Then they tied him up and paraded him to Pilate, the governor."

Judas had betrayed Jesus and was paid 30 silver pieces. So he got money...

3 -4 "Judas, the one who betrayed him, realized that Jesus was doomed. Overcome with remorse, he gave back the thirty silver coins to the high priests, saying, "I've sinned. I've betrayed an innocent man."

Somehow, he felt badly. Did he think Jesus was going to call down the angels? Then Judas could keep the money, but Jesus would be fine? Who knows??

"They said, "What do we care? That's your problem!"
5Judas threw the silver coins into the Temple and left. Then he went out and hung himself."

Oh Oh! Now he doesn't keep the money. His conscience kicks in. And he kills himself. I don't think that was the result he had in mind when he conspired with the religious heirarchy!

6 -10 "The high priests picked up the silver pieces, but then didn't know what to do with them. "It wouldn't be right to give this—a payment for murder!—as an offering in the Temple." They decided to get rid of it by buying the "Potter's Field" and use it as a burial place for the homeless. That's how the field got called "Murder Meadow," a name that has stuck to this day."

This is almost funny, if it wasn't so tragic. The priests had no problem taking temple money to pay for murder. Remember, this was offerings from the people for God's work.

What Jesus always blasted was their strict religiosity, but lack of understanding of walking with God. So now that the money has come back, their strict religious morality finally kicks in. They label it correctly. It is blood money. Murder for hire. Can't put that back into the Temple treasury (where it came from)

"Then Jeremiah's words became history:
They took the thirty silver pieces,
The price of the one priced by some sons of Israel,
And they purchased the potter's field.
And so they unwittingly followed the divine instructions to the letter."

Dead religion is capable of the most heinous acts.

And Judas? No money. Bad conscience. Killed himself. And remembered as the worst villain in history.

No - crime did not pay for Judas.

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