Matthew, Chapter 26
Matt. 26:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these
sayings, he said unto his disciples, 2 Ye know that after two days is
the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be
crucified. 3 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes,
and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who
was called Caiaphas, 4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by
subtlety, and kill him. 5 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest
there be an uproar among the people."
again, the Lord told the disciples that he was going to die, yet they
still refused to believe it. As we said before, the disciples were
looking for the Messiah to come and set up a natural kingdom on earth
and to reign in that natural kingdom and that Israel as a nation would
once again be great upon the earth. Jesus saying that he would die, just
did not fit into their concept, so even though they heard him speak the
words, yet they did not believe them in their hearts. We note that the
Lord had even fixed the time of his death, on the Passover day, and yet
they did not believe and were sorely disappointed when the prophecies of
the Lord came to pass.
Even at the time, the Lord spoke those words to the disciples, the chief
priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people along with the
high priest were counseling together on how they might murder the Lord.
While God permitted them to carry forth with their plans, yet they were
planning not to kill him on the feast day, which is the same day that
the Lord told the disciples he would be crucified. Since the Lord was
crucified on the feast day, we see that God was ultimately in control of
the events that were taking place.
Matt. 26:6 "Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the
leper, 7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very
precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. 8 But
when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose
is this waste? 9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and
given to the poor. 10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why
trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. 11 For
ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. 12 For in
that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in
the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be
told for a memorial of her."
are two other accounts of this event in the scriptures. One is found in
Mark 14:3-9. The other is found in John 12:1-8. By comparing the three
accounts we note that the woman pouring the ointment on Jesus is Mary
Magdalene, the sister of Lazarus and Martha. We also note that the
ointment was not only poured on the head of Jesus but also on his feet.
Also, at this time she washed the feet of Jesus with her tears and wiped
them with her hair.
addition, the ringleader of the disciples complaining about the waste of
the ointment was Judas Iscariot. We are told that he said in John 12:5
"Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to
the poor? 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he
was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein." Please
note that the scripture says that "he was a thief." He was already a
thief before this incident and he was covetous as he was the holder of
the money bag for the disciples. He was complaining because he wanted
the ointment to be sold and the money put in the money bag. He wanted to
get his thieving hands on the money. He did not care for the poor. Judas
Iscariot was covetous and his covetousness led him to betray the Lord.
religious circles money is raised for the purpose of giving to the poor
and yet many times this money never gets to the poor, but to the
religious leaders who are collecting the money.
ointment was not wasted as was suggested, but was used to anoint the
body of Jesus for the burying. Once again we see the Lord telling the
disciples was he was going to soon be buried, but there ears were closed
to hear what the Lord told them.
called attention to the deeds of Mary and informs us that where ever the
gospel is preached that this would be told for a memorial to her. Mary,
out of whom many unclean spirits had been cast and who the Lord had
greatly forgiven of her many sins, showed her great gratitude to the
Lord by using perhaps her most costly worldly possession to anoint the
head and feet of the Lord. She also showed her great humility and sorrow
by washing the feet of Jesus with her tears and wiping them with her
hair. Oh that we all might show such love and humility as Mary showed.
of this, the Lord did not minimize the need to help the poor, but rather
showed that we will always have the poor with us and that we can help
them at any time. Yet the Lord was only there in body for a short time
and Mary had done what she could for his burial.
Matt. 26:14 "Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto
the chief priests, 15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I
will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty
pieces of silver. 16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray
of the Lord was prophesied in the book of Zechariah: 11:12 "And I said
unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So
they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. 13 And the LORD said
unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of
them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the
potter in the house of the LORD."
pieces of silver seems like a strange price to value the Lord according
to the values set forth in Leviticus for a male servant: Lev. 27:3 "And
thy estimation shall be of the male from twenty years old even unto
sixty years old, even thy estimation shall be fifty shekels of silver,
after the shekel of the sanctuary." According to this, one may have
thought the value would have been fifty shekels of silver, until we note
that Christ was not valued for himself, but for his bride: Lev. 27:4
"And if it be a female, then thy estimation shall be thirty shekels."
The goodly price by which the Lord was betrayed reflected the value of
Matt. 26:17 "Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the
disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we
prepare for thee to eat the passover? 18 And he said, Go into the city
to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I
will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. 19 And the
disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the
when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. 21 And as they did
eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 22
And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say
unto him, Lord, is it I? 23 And he answered and said, He that dippeth
his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. 24 The Son of
man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son
of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been
born. 25 Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is
it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said."
Passover was a feast that stemmed from the plagues that God poured out
on the land of Egypt, when Pharaoh resisted letting the children of
Israel go into the wilderness to worship God and offer sacrifices unto
God. The tenth plague was the death of all the firstborn of the land of
made provision for the children of Israel to save them from this plague:
Ex. 12:11 "And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes
on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste:
it is the LORD'S passover. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt
this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both
man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute
judgment: I am the LORD. 13 And the blood shall be to you for a token
upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over
you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite
the land of Egypt. 14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and
ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye
shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever."
The Passover was to be observed on the 14th day of the first month. The
Jewish day began at sundown, so the Passover day began in the evening
and ran through the next day until sundown.
above passage of scripture tells us of the preparations and place in
which the Lord ate the Passover with the disciples. As we will see in
the next segment of scripture, the Lord also instituted the communion
service that night. However, the Passover was observed first. Before the
next day was over the Lord himself would become the Passover lamb for
his elect people.
the Lord and the disciples were eating the Passover, the Lord informed
the disciples that one of them would betray him. They each began to ask,
"Lord, is it I?" "And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand
with me in the dish, the same shall betray me." Judas Iscariot was the
one who had dipped his hand with the Lord in the dish. Finally Judas
asked, "Is it I?" The Lord said, "Thou hast said." The Lord pronounced a
curse upon Judas, "woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed!
it had been good for that man if he had not been born." Whether Judas is
of the elect or not, I'll let others debate, but I can say for sure that
Judas suffered for his betrayal of Jesus as he later went and hanged