So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.
The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”
Matthew 27: 5 – 10
Having enticed Judas to betray Jesus, an innocent man, the Chief Priests now took the moral high ground with how to dispose of these 30 pieces of silver. You would think that men who had no qualms in seeing Jesus crucified illegally had no moral compass whatsoever yet here they are applying the law in small things when they patently broke the law in the bigger thing!
Truth be told every one of us can find a way to justify actions taken wrongly when they benefit us and still apply the law in other ways. Human beings seem to have this natural affinity for duplicity, when it suits us. We then go through mental gymnastics to justify it in our own heads when we would condemn anyone else who did the same! Oh to see ourselves as others see us a famous Bard one said.
Prayer: Lord you are not taken with outside measures as you can see the deepest recess of our hearts. Grant me to see myself as you see me. Help me to truly know myself today.
Action: Consider carefully why you are doing what you are doing today.