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Matthew 27:1-10

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Our Lord’s Trial Before the Sanhedrin, the Ruling Body of the Jews

Matthew 27:1-10

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Lesson Number 75

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The remorse of Judas did not result in the salvation of his soul.
  2. The remorse of Judas did result in the fulfillment of prophesy.

Practical Application

  1. Don’t make decisions that you will regret forever.

Questions

  1. What is significant about it being morning in Matthew 27:1?
  2. Why did the Sanhedrin hand Jesus over to Pilate, the Roman authority?
  3. How do you harmonize the death of Judas in Matthew 27:5 with Acts 1:18-19?
  4. What prophecy was fulfilled when Judas’ money was used to buy a potter’s field?
  5. Why does Matthew attribute this prophecy to Jeremiah?

Answers

  1. The Sanhedrin were not allowed to make official rulings at night, so they waited until morning to officially declare their death sentence on Christ.
  2. The Sanhedrin were not allowed to carry out the death penalty, only the Roman government could do this.
  3. Judas likely hung himself over a rocky ledge, so that when the rope broke his body fell upon the sharp rocks below.
  4. Zechariah 11:12-13
  5. In Matthew’s day, the scroll of the prophets began with Jeremiah. Quotations from any of the books of the prophets were identified by the first book in the group, Jeremiah

Discuss/Consider

  1. Salvation requires more than remorse and sorrow for sin. Salvation requires repentance and a willingness to turn to Christ as personal Savior. Judas felt remorse, but he never turned to Christ for salvation. Why is remorse not enough? Why do some people get stuck at this step?
  2. Judas forever will regret the decision he made to betray the Lord. Have you made decisions with long-term negative consequences? This should sober us when we make future decisions. The Lord will always guide us to make the right decision if we turn to Him. Discuss some principles for godly decision-making.

Challenge

  1. Do not stop with being remorseful for your sin. Repent and turn to God for forgiveness. Read I John 1:9. He will always forgive.

Key Verses

  • “Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders.” Matthew 27:3

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