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VALUES

February 2, 2015

Monday

 

Matthew 26:14-15

 

Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him.

 

 

LESSON

 

“Judas Iscariot” made these plans the same day that Jesus predicted His crucifixion in two days, namely, on Wednesday. The “30 pieces of silver” they agreed to pay Judas was a paltry sum and fulfilled Zechariah 11:12. The amount constituted a month’s wages. Tragically, Judas, in selling his services to the chief priests to betray Jesus, unwittingly acts in a manner that is the exact opposite of ‘servant hood’. Jesus is the servant par excellence, for he delivers himself to death in order that others might gain life; by contrast, Judas delivers Jesus to death in order that he might gain advantage for himself.

Oscar Wilde once wrote that, in modern society, “People know the price of everything but the value of nothing.” Someone else has characterized our time as the “Age of the Sellout,” in which “Everything is for sale. Every person has his or her price. Honesty and integrity are traded off, like chattels, for money and power.

 

Memory Verse: Luke 6:31

 

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