JUDAS

[In Light of John 12]

BY:  JONATHAN MITCHELL

Am currently working on the translation of John 12, and below are a few verses for you consideration.  Question: was Judas yet a thief, or is John just pointing out that he had been, and, like the rest of us, there can be some hold-overs in our temperments and perspectives which yet attend us in following Christ?  If so, Jesus being quite aware of this, can we see His grace in having Judas be in charge of the purse?  And consider the later temptation of the 30 pieces of silver.

I personally see Judas in a different light re: this passage.

Jonathan

4.  Now Judah (or: Judas) – one of His disciples, the one of Simon Iscariot [and] the one being about to proceed giving Him over (or: betraying Him) –  

5.  “Why (Through what [reason; situation]) was this perfumed ointment not sold for three hundred denarii (= a year’s wages) and given to (or: for) destitute (poor) people?”

6.  He said this, thought, not because it was normally a care (or: of interest) to him about the destitute (the poor people), but rather, because he had been existing as a thief, and, normally holding (having) the money box (or: case; originally a receptacle for the “tongues” {i.e., mouth-pieces} of musical instruments), had been regularly carrying (bearing) the things being repeatedly (habitually) deposited.
[note: the verb of being is the imperfect tense, and can refer to past practice; thus, John is not necessarily saying that Judas was currently a thief, but is pointing out his disposition toward money; the verb for carrying (bearing) can also be used in the sense of “bearing away,” “removing,” or “pilfering;” or, it can be used to signify “supporting; providing for” – this latter giving a different slant
to John’s words.  Recall that Mark says that “some” had indignation, and Matt. says “the disciples” did, so Judas expressed a consensus]

 

JUDAS, AS SEEN IN JOHN 12 [Jonathan Mitchell]          1

 

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