What Did Judas Really Do With The Money?

Judas was paid 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus, what did he do with it?

HUMANIST QUESTION: Concerning the death of Judas, the disloyal disciple, Matthew 27:5 states he took the money he had received for betraying Jesus, threw it down in the temple, and “went and hanged himself.” To the contrary, Acts 1:18 claims Judas used the money to purchase a field and “falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.”

Let's look at scripture to see what it actually says:

Matthew 27:3-7

Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!” And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself. The chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the temple treasury, since it is the price of blood.” And they conferred together and with the money bought the Potter’s Field as a burial place for strangers.

Acts 1:15-19

At this time Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty persons was there together), and said, “Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. For he was counted among us and received his share in this ministry.” (Now this man acquired a field with the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out. And it became known to all who were living in Jerusalem; so that in their own language that field was called Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)

The answer is rather simple...

In asking the question, the humanists leave out some important facts, and that makes this a deceptive question. Matthew makes it clear that the chief priests did not accept the pieces of silver Judas threw down. They remained the property of Judas and were used to buy the Potter's Field. Thus the price of Judas' treachery was used to acquire a field, just as Luke reports in Acts 1. The chief priests were just the agents in purchasing the field. They could not purchase the field themselves, as that would mean accepting blood money into the temple treasury. So they acted as representatives of Judas in purchasing the field.

It may seem like a legal technically, but it was important, and it means Judas did purchase the Potter's Field.

So how did Judas die? Did he hang himself or did he "fall headlong and burst open in the middle?" To get the answer to this question just do a Google search for: "How did Judas die?" Web sites with the answer will pop right up. It's easy. The person writing the questions on the American Humanists web site should have done this before posting the question.

Here is the answer...

Remember, Luke is a physician, so he will tend to give us more of the medical details..

From what Luke reports it appears Judas hanged himself in the field that was eventually purchased with the 30 pieces of silver.

Matthew reports that Judas hanged himself. And Luke says he fell headlong, burst open in the middle, and all his intestines gushed out. What happens when someone falls? They get a lot of bruises, gashes, and broken bones. They may be dead,, but their body does not burst open and their intestines spill out. So what would cause that to happen?

It appears that Judas hanged himself in the Potters Field, and no one took him down. Nobody wanted to touch Judas' body. The body started to decay, fell, and the partially decayed body burst open. That's what fits the evidence as described in scripture.

What did we find out here? There is no contradiction.

Next question...

In describing Jesus being led to his execution, John 19:17 recounts that he carried his own cross. But Mark 15:21-23 disagrees by saying a man called Simon carried the cross.

The answer is so simple you surely know the answer before clicking here...


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