What Did Judas Really Do With The
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:
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 Potters Field as a burial place for strangers.
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.)
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.
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
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.