Luke 22:1-6 (ESV)
1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people.
3 Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. 4 He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. 5 And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd.
- Reflection Questions
- Luke 22:1-6
- How did Judas become a target for Satan? (See John 12:4-6; James 1:14 -15.)
John 12:4–6 (ESV)
4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 6 He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it.
James 1:14–15 (ESV)
14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
- List all the words that describe the progression from “seeking how” to the final conspiracy. What can this teach me about the progression of “desire when it has conceived giv[ing] birth to sin”?
- What did fear of people, and a desire to get rid of Jesus, cause the religious leaders to do? Is there some parallel between what the religious leaders did and what I do to get what I want?
- What are some ways in which I am making myself vulnerable to sin?