BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE
(In Order of Appearance)
NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
- John 8:3-11 – The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus. They had caught her committing adultery. They made her stand in the center. 4They said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery! 5In the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women to death. What do you say about her?” 6(They were saying this to test Jesus. They wanted to get something which they could use to accuse him.) Jesus bent down and wrote something on the ground with his finger. 7They continued to ask Jesus questions. Jesus stood up and said to them, “The one among you who has not sinned should throw the first stone at her!” 8Jesus bent down again and continued writing on the ground. 9When they heard this, they began to leave one by one, from the oldest on down. Jesus was the only one left. The woman was still standing there, too. 10Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Is anyone condemning you?”11She answered, “No one, Lord.” Jesus said, “I am not condemning you, either. Go, and from now on, don’t sin anymore!”]
- John 8:57-59 – Then the Jewish leaders said to Jesus, “You are not yet 50 years old—and you have seen Abraham!?” 58Jesus said to them, “I am telling you the truth: I was alive before Abraham was born!” 59They picked up stones to throw at Jesus, but he left the temple courtyard and kept out of sight.
- John 10:33, 39 – They answered him, “We are going to throw rocks at you, not for any good work, but because you said some evil things against God! You are only a man, yet you are making yourself God!”…39Once again, they were trying to arrest Jesus, but he slipped through their hands.
- I Corinthians 15:50 – Brothers, I am saying this, because human beings, in their physical form,g cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which can decay cannot have a share in what never dies.
- Luke 18:35-43 – Jesus came near the city of Jericho. There was a blind man sitting beside the road. The man was begging people for money. 36When this man heard the crowd passing by, he asked, “What’s happening!?” 37The people told him, “Jesus, the one from Nazareth, is coming through here!” 38The blind man became excited and cried out, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!” 39The people who were in front leading the group told the blind man to be quiet, but he shouted even louder, “Son of David! Have mercy on me!40Jesus stopped there and said, “Bring that man to me!” When the blind man came near, Jesus asked him, 41“What do you want me to do?” The blind man said, “Lord, heal me! Let me be able to see again.” 42Jesus said to him, “See again! You are made well, because you believed.” 43Immediately, the man was able to see again. He followed Jesus, giving glory to God. All of the people who saw this praised God for what had occurred.
- John 6:71 – Jesus was talking about Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. Judas, one of the twelve apostles, was about to turn against Jesus.
- Carioth/Karioth was in eastern Judea near Jerusalem and Jericho. The founder of this town was Caleb, assistant to Moses.
- John 12:4-6 – One of Jesus’ followers was ready to turn against Jesus. This was Judas Iscariot. He said, 5“Why wasn’t this perfume sold for 300 silver coins and given to some poor people?” 6(Judas did not say this because he cared about poor people. Judas was a thief; he was the one who was always carrying the group’s bag of money.)
- Mark 14:4-6 – Some of Jesus’ followers were there. They were very angry, saying to one another, “Why waste this perfume?” 5This could have been sold for more than 300 silver coinse and given to poor people. They yelled angry words at her. 6But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Why are you bothering her? She has done a good deed to me.
- Luke 22:29-30 – My Father has given me a kingdom. I also give you authority to rule with me. 30In my kingdom, you will eat and drink at my table. You will sit on thrones and judge the twelve tribes of Israel.”
- Revelation 21:14 – The wall of the city had twelve foundations. Each foundation had the name of one of the Lamb’s apostles.
- Matthew 10:1 – Jesus called his twelve followers. He gave them the authority to throw out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and sickness.
- John 11:49-53 – One of them was Caiaphas. He was the high priest that year. He said to them, “You know nothing! 50Don’t you think it would be better for one man to die for the people, than for the whole nation to be destroyed?” 51(Caiaphas did not say this on his own. But, since he was the high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was about to die for the Jewish nation. 52And not only for them, but also so that all God’s scattered children might be gathered together into one people.) 53From that day forward, they plotted to kill Jesus.
- A “piece of silver” was the worth about $4. According to Matthew 20:2, a day’s wages was 1 denarius or 35 cents. Therefore, one piece of silver would be worth 11-1/2 days wages. Thirty pieces of silver was worth $120 or 342 days wages. With 104 days taken off on weekends during the year, that leaves 238 working days in a year. So the 30 pieces of silver would be nearly a year-and-a-half’s wages. If today’s annual income averages $35,000, Judas’ bribe would be valued at about $50,000.
- Luke 22:1-6 – It was almost time for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover Festival.a 2The most important priests and teachers of the law were trying to find a way to kill Jesus, but they were afraid of the people. 3One of Jesus’ twelve apostles was named Judas Iscariot. Satan entered Judas. 4He went off and talked with the most important priests and some of the soldiers who guarded the temple. Judas talked to them about a plan he had to hand Jesus over to them. 5They were pleased. They agreed to give Judas some money. 6Judas said, “Yes.” He waited for the best time to betray Jesus to them—when there was no crowd around to see it.
- John 13:21-30 – I am telling you the truth: If anyone accepts someone whom I send, he is accepting me, too! The person who accepts me is accepting the One who sent me.” 21After Jesus said these things, he was very troubled in his spirit. He told them openly, “I am telling you the truth: One of you will turn against me!” 22Jesus’ followers began looking at one another. They were wondering which one he was talking about. 23One of his followers, the one whom Jesus loved,b was sitting very close to Jesus. 24Simon Peter signaled to this follower. Peter wanted him to ask Jesus, “Which one are you talking about?” 25So, that follower moved even closer to Jesus and whispered to him, “Lord, who is it?” 26Jesus answered, “After I dip this piece of bread in the sauce, I will give it to that person.” Then Jesus took a piece of bread and dipped it into the sauce and gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27When this happened, Satan got into Judas. Then Jesus said to him, “Do what you plan to do quickly!” 28None of the guests knew why Jesus said this to him. 29Since Judas kept the group’s bag of money, some were thinking that Jesus meant: “Buy what we need for the feast.” or “Give something to the poor people.” 30So, Judas took the piece of bread and went out immediately. And it was night. 31After Judas left, Jesus said, “Now Ic am given glory and, in me,d God is given glory.
- John 18:2-3 – Judas (the one who turned against Jesus) also knew the place. Jesus often met there with his followers. 3Then Judas took a group of soldiers and some temple guards who were sent there by the most important priests and Pharisees. They had torches, lanterns, and weapons.
- Matthew 27:3-4 – Then Judas, the one who turned against Jesus, saw that Jesus had been condemned. Judas felt bad and brought back the 30 silver coins to the most important priests and the Jewish elders. 4He said, “I have done wrong! I handed over an innocent man to die!” But they answered, “We don’t care! That’s your problem!”
- Revelation 12:8-10 – But the dragon was not strong enough. There was no place left for the dragon and his angels in heaven anymore. 9The large dragon was thrown out. (This is the old snake who is the same as the one called the Devil, Satan. He is the one who fools the whole world.) He was thrown down to the earth. He and his angels were thrown out. 10I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now the salvation, the power, the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ have come, because the accuser of our brothers has been thrown out. He always accuses them in front of our God day and night.
OLD TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
- Zechariah 11:12-16 [PREDICTED ABOUT 500 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – 12Then Ikk said to them, “If you want to pay me, then pay me.ll If not, then don’t.” So, they paid me 30 pieces of silver.mm13The Always-Present One said to me, “Put them in the temple treasury.” (That is how little they thought I was worth.)nn So, I threw that moneyoo at the potter inside the temple of Yahweh. 14Then I broke My second stick named “Union” in pieces. This broke the bond of brotherhood between Judah and Israel.pp 15Then the Always-Present One said to me, “Once again, get the tools used by a worthless shepherd. 16Listen, I am going to raise up in the land a new shepherd. He will not take care of the dying sheep.qq He won’t search for strays. He won’t fix up the injured ones. He won’t even feed the healthy ones! No, he will eat the meat of the best sheep, even tearing off their feet.rr
OTHER JESUS QUOTES IN THIS EPISODE
SPECIAL CHARACTERS APPEARING IN OTHER EPISODES
Season 2, Hearts Afire, “Whirlwind”
Season 2, Hearts Afire, “Unlikely Crew”
Season 3, Folk Hero, “Gates of Glory”
Season 3, Folk Hero, “A New Age Dawning”
Season 4, Flood Gates, “Eye of the Storm”
Season 4, Flood Gates, “The Unmasking”
Season 4, Flood Gates, “Portals of Paradise”
Season 1, Dream Maker, “Hesitant Herald”