παραδῷ αὐτόν

23 Mar

160323Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present. (Luke 22:1-6, NRSV)

Judas gets a bad wrap, or maybe not. Here in Luke, we see that Satan entered Judas and caused him to go and confer with the chief priests and officers to betray Jesus.

Peter Rollins wrote a book a few years ago called The Fidelity of Betrayal in which he talked about Judas being the model disciple, who did what no other disciple would do to move forward the plan of God. That by betraying Jesus, Judas was faithful.

But did Judas betray Jesus? That is the way we have the words translated. But the Greek here in Luke is παραδῷ αὐτόν. This is deliver  or hand over and him. And to betray someone means they do not know what you are doing. Peter Rollins contends, and it is all speculation, that Jesus knew exactly what Judas was doing and it was all set up by Jesus. But to betray means that someone has power over someone else, and Judas had no power that Jesus did not give him, and as God, He had control of the whole situation.

So Jesus was handed over and had control of the situation. But does He have control over you?


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One response to “παραδῷ αὐτόν

  1. kwallyz

    2016/03/23 at 09:59

    Interesting. The first thing that struck me was that “Satan entered into Judas” as you mentioned, implying that he hadn’t intended this before that time. So the Devil made him do it, so to speak.

    I wonder too why “betrayal” was necessary. I am sure they knew what Jesus looked like and could arrest him at any time. Our law enforcement personnel only need an insider to leak information about plots so they can have evidence against a criminal, they don’t normally need them identified. But in Jesus’s case I expect they wanted to arrested him when there weren’t any other people around, so they wanted someone to identify when the time was right.


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