Judas Iscariot (Lk 22:3-22:3)

“Then Satan

Entered into

Judas,

Called Iscariot.

He was one

Of the twelve apostles.”

Εἰσῆλθεν δὲ Σατανᾶς εἰς Ἰούδαν τὸν καλούμενον Ἰσκαριώτην, ὄντα ἐκ τοῦ ἀριθμοῦ τῶν δώδεκα·

Luke said that Satan entered into Judas (Εἰσῆλθεν δὲ Σατανᾶς εἰς Ἰούδαν), called Iscariot (τὸν καλούμενον Ἰσκαριώτην).  He was one of the twelve apostles (ὄντα ἐκ τοῦ ἀριθμοῦ τῶν δώδεκα).  Luke used the term Satan for the devil.  John, chapter 13:2, also had the devil play a role in making Judas do this deed.  According to John, chapter 12:6, Judas had been in charge of their common money, but he was stealing from this fund.  Thus, there may have been financial reasons or greed pushing Judas to betray Jesus.  John seems to be much more vehemently opposed to Judas.  This saying in Luke is almost word for word the same in Matthew, chapter 26:14, and in Mark, chapter 14:10.  Mark said that Judas Iscariot (Καὶ Ἰούδας Ἰσκαριὼθ), one of the beloved 12 leaders or apostles (ὁ εἷς τῶν δώδεκα), went to the chief priests (ἀπῆλθεν πρὸς τοὺς ἀρχιερεῖς), but there was no mention of Satan.  In Matthew, there was just the simple statement that the man called Judas Iscariot (ὁ λεγόμενος Ἰούδας Ἰσκαριώτης), one of the beloved 12 leaders or apostles (εἷς τῶν δώδεκα) went to the chief priests (Τότε πορευθεὶς…πρὸς τοὺς ἀρχιερεῖς), also without any mention of Satan.  Clearly Judas Iscariot was the one who would betray Jesus.  Have you ever betrayed anyone?

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