καὶ ἐζήτει εὐκαιρίαν τοῦ παραδοῦναι αὐτὸν ἄτερ ὄχλου
that Judas agreed to this or consented to do it (καὶ ἐξωμολόγησεν). He began to look for an opportunity (καὶ ἐζήτει
εὐκαιρίαν) to betray or hand over Jesus to them (τοῦ παραδοῦναι αὐτὸν), when no
crowd would be present (ἄτερ ὄχλου αὐτοῖς).
This is similar to Matthew,
chapter 26:16, and Mark, chapter
14:11. However, Luke was the only one to mention no crowd. Mark
said that Judas then began to look for an opportunity to betray or hand over
Jesus in a convenient manner (καὶ ἐζήτει πῶς αὐτὸν εὐκαίρως παραδοῖ). Matthew
said that from that moment on (καὶ ἀπὸ τότε), Judas began to look for an
opportunity to betray Jesus (ἐζήτει εὐκαιρίαν ἵνα αὐτὸν παραδῷ). It was just a matter of time and opportunity for
Judas to carry out his plan. Have you
ever planned something for a long time?
“Every matter has its time,
Every matter has its way,
Even though the troubles of mortals
Lie heavy upon them.
Indeed they do not know
What is to be.
Who can tell him
How it will be?
No one has power over the wind,
To restrain the wind.
No one has power over the day of death.
There is no discharge from the battle.
Wickedness does not deliver
Those who practice it.
All this I observed.
I applied my mind to all
That is done
Under the sun.
One person exercises authority over another
To the other’s hurt.”
You have to know the right time and the correct way to do things. Those with wisdom will be able to do these things. No knows how to stop the wind or the day of their death. You cannot be excused from the battle. Wickedness has its own reward. Qoheleth knows all about these things because he observed them. He saw how one person exercised authority over another that caused harm. That is our way of life under the sun.
“For everything there is a season.
There is a time
For every matter under heaven.
A time to be born.
A time to die.
A time to plant.
A time to pluck up what is planted.
A time to kill.
A time to heal.
A time to break down.
A time to build up.
A time to weep.
A time to laugh.
A time to mourn.
A time to dance.
A time to throw away stones.
A time to gather stones together.
A time to embrace.
A time to refrain from embracing.
A time to seek.
A time to lose.
A time to keep.
A time to throw away.
A time to tear.
A time to sew.
A time to keep silence.
A time to speak.
A time to love.
A time to hate.
A time for war.
A time for peace.”
This is the famous poem about a correct time for everything. Sometimes it is read at funerals. There also was the 1950s and 1960s Pete Seeger popular song Turn, Turn, Turn that took its lyrics from this poem. God decides the time. We do not. There is a time and place for all the dichotomies of life, birth and death, planting and harvesting, killing and healing, breaking down and building up, weeping and laughing, mourning and dancing, throwing away and gathering stones, embracing and not embracing, seeking and losing, keeping and throwing away, tearing and sowing, keeping silent and speaking, loving and hating, making war and making peace. Everything under heaven has its place and season.