Monday February 29- Judas: Odd Man Out
Spend five minutes focusing on a couple of things you appreciate and thank God for them.
Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them. When they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him silver. So he looked for how he might conveniently betray Him.
Who is Judas?
Judas was the only disciple not from Galilee. He was from Kerioth. This was a village outside of Hebron, 19 miles south of Jerusalem. Hebron is the second holiest city in Judaism. It is purported to be where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Jacob and families are buried.
So, if you are from Kerioth, you would follow very closely the traditions and rules. The Temple and what it represented would have been honored and cherished by Judas, and he would fit perfectly with the whole Jerusalem vibe.
Jesus and the other 11 disciples are all Galileans. They couldn’t be more different. They are from out of the way Galilee, considered a bunch of hillbilly’s by the Jerusalem/ Hebron crowd. They didn’t mind.
Far from the corporate headquarters of Jerusalem, the branch office of Galilee could do what they want. This shows with the loosey goosey way they kept the traditions. Jesus and the disciples are always getting criticized for not following the correct rules.
So, Judas didn’t think like the Galileans. He didn’t even have their accent. He was the odd man out when it comes to Galilee, where they spent most of their time. Tradition-bound Judas was out of his element.
But in Jerusalem it is different. Judas is on home court. He is the one who can easily fit in. It’s not surprising he would get to talk to the chief priests because Kerioth is considered somewhat of a royal town. And so he does. He has a plan.
What are traditions you have in your faith life? What does it feel like when others don’t follow your traditions?