Making evil palatable

“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.” Matthew 27:6-7.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; 2 Samuel 18, Psalm 56, and Matthew 27.

The evil of the chief priests is blatant.

They were the ones who had spent money to get someone killed.  Now, instead of agonizing over their part in the eventual death of Jesus, they concern themselves with the money part of it.

The chief priests even expressed concern over a law violation!

How easy for us to justify evil.  An innocent mistake?  Generally, we know something is wrong.  Admitting it, and turning away, is often embarrassing and troublesome.

The chief priests were so intent on getting Jesus that to them the end would justify their means.  That’s why their concern about the Judas money is so hypocritical.

“Lord, forgive me for frequently justifying wrong behavior in myself and in those I favor.  Wrong is wrong.  I must be Godly in EVERYTHING I do.  I need to be near to You.  I need Your Guidance from the get-go.  Prick my conscience when I am messing things up so that I can repent and return to You.  I need Your help.  Guide me.  Direct me. Correct me, I beg.”

I don’t know where you are politically, but do you rationalize the wrongs that your side commits?  Do you praise the good that the opposition does?  Can’t do it?  Neither could the chief priests in Jesus’ day.

 

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