Saturday, 11 May 2013

Matthew 26

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.2 “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

Can’t get much plainer than that, but they didn’t get it.

Susan said...

v.4 and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.

(From Constable Commentary) “The Jewish leaders plotted to execute an innocent man in the very place where justice should have been strongest…The leaders resorted to deceit because they could not trap Jesus with questions and turn the crowds against Him or take Him by force.”

Susan said...

v.15 “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?”

We are not told Judas’ motives by any of the gospel writers but Matthew puts it immediately after Mary anointed him so maybe he took offence at this.

Susan said...

v.15 So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.

30 pieces of silver was about a month’s wages. It suggests that even Judas didn’t esteem Jesus highly. Also interesting to note that Judas called Jesus, Rabbi (v.25) whereas the disciples called him Lord (v.22).

Susan said...

v.39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

(From Constable Commentary) “In one sense God can do anything, but in another sense He binds Himself to certain courses of action because of His own purposes…This is an excellent model prayer when we do not know the will of God specifically. We can request our preference, as Jesus did, but we should also submit our preference to the will of God,”

Susan said...

v.61 “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”

Destroying the temple would be considered a capital offence, though Jesus didn’t actually say this. He also didn’t say he would rebuild it. Speaking metaphorically he did say the temple would be destroyed.

Susan said...

v.53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?

Despite appearances God is in charge