What Did Judas Really Do With The
Judas was paid 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus, what did he
do with it?
HUMANIST QUESTION: Concerning
the death of Judas, the disloyal disciple, Matthew 27:5 states he took the money
he had received for betraying Jesus, threw it down in the temple, and went
and hanged himself. To the contrary, Acts 1:18 claims Judas used the money
to purchase a field and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst,
and all his bowels gushed out.
Let's look at scripture to see
what it actually says:
Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and
returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying,
I have sinned by betraying innocent blood. But they said, What
is that to us? See to that yourself! And he threw the pieces of silver into
the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself. The chief
priests took the pieces of silver and said, It is not lawful to put them
into the temple treasury, since it is the price of blood. And they conferred
together and with the money bought the Potters Field as a burial place for
At this time
Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren (a gathering of about one hundred
and twenty persons was there together), and said, Brethren, the Scripture
had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning
Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. For he was counted among
us and received his share in this ministry. (Now this man acquired a field
with the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle
and all his intestines gushed out. And it became known to all who were living
in Jerusalem; so that in their own language that field was called Hakeldama, that
is, Field of Blood.)
The answer is
In asking the question, the humanists leave
out some important facts, and that makes this a deceptive question. Matthew makes
it clear that the chief priests did not accept the pieces of silver Judas threw
down. They remained the property of Judas and were used to buy the Potter's Field.
Thus the price of Judas' treachery was used to acquire a field, just as Luke reports
in Acts 1. The chief priests were just the agents in purchasing the field. They
could not purchase the field themselves, as that would mean accepting blood money
into the temple treasury. So they acted as representatives of Judas in purchasing
It may seem like a legal technically, but it was important, and
it means Judas did purchase the Potter's Field.
So how did Judas
die? Did he hang himself or did he "fall headlong and burst open
in the middle?" To get the answer to this question just do a Google search
for: "How did Judas die?" Web sites with the answer will pop right up.
It's easy. The person writing the questions on the American Humanists web site
should have done this before posting the question.
Here is the answer...
Luke is a physician, so he will tend to give us more of the medical details..
what Luke reports it appears Judas hanged himself in the field that was eventually
purchased with the 30 pieces of silver.
Matthew reports that Judas hanged
himself. And Luke says he fell headlong, burst open in the middle, and all his
intestines gushed out. What happens when someone falls? They get a lot of bruises,
gashes, and broken bones. They may be dead,, but their body does not burst open
and their intestines spill out. So what would cause that to happen?
that Judas hanged himself in the Potters Field, and no one took him down. Nobody
wanted to touch Judas' body. The body started to decay, fell, and the partially
decayed body burst open. That's what fits the evidence as described in scripture.
did we find out here? There is no contradiction.
describing Jesus being led to his execution, John 19:17 recounts that he carried
his own cross. But Mark 15:21-23 disagrees by saying a man called Simon carried
The answer is so simple you
surely know the answer before clicking here...