New Church Life March/April 2017 - Page 45

      assumption that the disciples trusted Judas’ abilities and character. In a very famous scene, a woman pours out a container of Spikenard (a very costly oil from the Himalayas) on Jesus as an offering. In the Matthew account of this, all of the disciples rage at the sight of such waste, demanding why it hadn’t been sold and the money given to the poor. However, in the John account, this disapproval is presented as being expressed exclusively and more explicitly by Judas! Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor? (John 12:5) Whatever his life before becoming a disciple, these few clues serve to connect the reader to a broader view of Judas. With this broader view, we can see that Judas was essential to the mission of Jesus and was trusted by everyone who worked with him. Judas really demonstrates his familiarity with money here. Not only does he recognize that the oil is valuable, but he, in the midst of his emotion, conducts an appraisal of the amount used. If Judas’ estimate is correct then this is an impressive feat, especially given that lower class workers (such as made up Jesus’ disciples) would not have had much occasion to become familiar with such luxuries. How did Judas know the cost of the oil? Had he overheard the woman speaking of its value? Or had he worked with luxuries in the past? Was he a trader? A merchant? Did he work in imports and exports? Whatever his life before becoming ͍ѡ͔܁Օ͕́ٔѼ)ЁѡɕȁѼɽȁ٥܁)Ց̸]Ѡѡ́ɽȁ٥ܰݔ)͕ѡЁ)Ց͕́݅́ѥѼѡͥ)́݅́ѕ䁕ٕ役)ݡݽɭݥѠ)Q Ʌ兰)]ѕٕȁ́Ёɹѡ)Ց́ѽ䰁ѡݡ)ɔٕȁЁ)̰ݡЁɕ́)Ց́䁥́]ѡ)ȁЁ݅́յȰ݅́ЁݥѠ́յ̰́)ٕѡ՝݅́ѕɅЁ)ϊd䁙ȁѡɕ啅̃L)ѡ͔Օѥ́ͥɅѥ́ѕѼ݅ݡݔɕȁѡ)ЁѡЁ)Ց́%͍ɥЁѕѡЁ́ЁɅ兰յ)ѽ)]Ёձٔɥٕ)Ց́ѼՍQ́ȁѡɕ(