SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 26:69-27:10
Peter denied knowing Jesus three times when two servant girls and others asked him if he were with Jesus. A rooster crowed, and Peter remembered what Jesus had predicted. Peter then wept bitterly.
The chief priests and elders decided to kill Jesus. They bound him and handed him over to Pilate. Judas had remorse when he saw Jesus would be killed. He returned the 30 silver coins to the chief priests and elders, saying he had sinned and betrayed innocent blood. He threw the money in the temple and then hanged himself. The chief priests could not put blood money into the treasury, so they used Judas’s 30 silver coins he had returned to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. This fulfilled Jeremiah’s prophecy.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 27, Day 4: Matthew 26:69-27:10
10a) Peter denied knowing Jesus three times when two servant girls and others asked him if he were with Jesus. His sin progressed each time, first denial and then he took an oath. The last time, he got angry and called down curses on himself, swearing he did not know Jesus.
b) He knew/forgot Jesus’s prophecy that he would deny him three times.
11a) Judas had remorse when he saw Jesus would be killed. He knew he had sinned and betrayed innocent blood. He returned the 30 pieces of silver and then hanged himself.
b) They didn’t care about Judas or that Jesus was an innocent man about to be killed. They were in it for themselves.
c) All men have free will, and it’s a choice to sin or not. You are always responsible for your actions because you could have decided differently.
12a) Both were remorseful for what they had done. Judas tried to make his sin right, but his sorrow was not one of repentance. Peter wept bitterly, truly repentant of what he did, while Judas took his own life.
b) I feel like I’m cleansed, but sometimes I don’t and I still harbor guilt.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 27, Day 4: Matthew 26:69-27:10
Such sad passages, yet this could have happened to any of us. We all let our Savior down, just in different ways. It’s important to seek forgiveness whenever possible.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 27, Day 4: Matthew 26:69-27:10
It’s scary that Peter caved to a little girl. He finally remembered Jesus’s words, but it was too late. Here, we see the beginnings of Peter. He will be restored, and Luke says just after the rooster crowed, the Lord turned and looked at Peter (Luke 22:61).
This is the next morning when it was legal to pronouce a death upon Jesus. All the Sanhedrin are present Luke 22:66-71.
In order to kill someone, Pontius Pilate had to agree. He was the prefect appointed by Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar over Judea. He was a cruel man according to history, and the priests brought three charges against Jesus in order to justify his death sentence:
- He was a revolutionary
- He told people not to pay taxes
- He claimed to be King, which was punishable by death in Roman times (Luke 23:2).
Judas was filled with remorse, not repentance. He felt sorry for the outcome, not that he did it.
When he threw the money back into the temple, he tried to put the blame onto the priests, rather than himself. Judas probably thought Jesus would redeem himself here.
The money was now unclean as blood money and could not go back to the temple. The priests didn’t want to touch the money although they had the innocent blood of Jesus on their hands.
Most Bible scholars agree Judas went to hell (the son of perdition (John 17:12).
Acts 1:18-19, tells us that Judas’ body burst open. Most Bible scholars agree this was caused by Judas’ dead body being left in the open since no burials could take place during Passover.
Although Matthew tells us this quote was spoken by Jeremiah, it is actually recorded in Zechariah 11:12-13. Some think it’s a transcribing error. Some think it was spoken by Jeremiah but recorded by Zechariah. Others think Matthew is referring to the scroll of Jeremiah, which included the book of Zechariah.
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