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Holy Thoughts for Holy Week - Part 4

"'...What will you give me if I deliver Him over to you?' And they paid him thirty pieces of silver."
 Matthew 26:15


You may have heard the expression,  "Those who danced were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." Judas could not, did not, would not hear the "music," in spite of being with Jesus for three years.

Wednesday of Jesus' last week may have been the day when Judas negotiated with the chief priests. In John 12 we learn he was a "thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it." John made this statement right after Judas criticized Mary for anointing Jesus with expensive ointment. Unlike Judas, Mary heard the "music!"

Judas was shrewd, though. He expressed his unrighteous indignation behind a thin veil of altruism: "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" He sounded very spiritual and missional. Had he said, "Mary wasted the perfume," or "Mary is insane!" he might have been rebuked. But to allege a concern for the poor was a clever way to criticize Mary and enhance his own reputation.

Judas, though, was anything but benevolent. He was selfish. "What will you give me?," he asked the chief priests. He stole. Mary gave. He betrayed Jesus. Mary worshiped Jesus. Not surprisingly Judas criticized Mary because her conduct condemned his.

Sincere, sacrificial, extravagant worship of our Lord will always evoke the misunderstanding (at best) or hostility (at worst) of the world. Cain murdered Abel because Abel's worship was costly and extravagant. Michal despised David when he danced enthusiastically before the Lord. Read of the recent vitriol directed against Mike Lindell, owner of My Pillow. It's the same story over and over again throughout the centuries. "Those who danced were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."

He who has ears to hear, let him hear the "music" no matter what the world may think.

Posted by Jim Bachmann