Judas and the Money Bag
John 12:3-4 Then Mary took three quarters of a pound of expensive aromatic oil from pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus. She then wiped his feet dry with her hair. (Now the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfumed oil.),
John 12:5-6a But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was going to betray him) said, “This perfume is worth a year’s wages! Why wasn’t it sold and the money given to the poor?”
Although Judas was not a politician, he certainly argued like one. Thus, the small story, with a large teaching, has been incorporated into the study of government. The message speaks for itself as we quote the rest of the verse.
John 12:6b Now he said this not out of concern for the poor, but because he was a thief — he was in charge of the common purse and used to steal from it.
Those who say, "I want to hold the money bag for the poor", or other noble causes, are for the most part only interested in skimming some for himself. The speeches are sprinkled with a comparison between the luxury items enjoyed by the rich and the plight of the unfortunate, wrapped in the subtle question, "Is it fair?". "Why don't we take a little from the affluent to ease the pain of the lowly?, They don't need it all anyway." Watery eyes magnify the impact. "Yes indeed, I feel your pain."
So during voting season, when the runners are waxing eloquently about how they love the poor, needy, sick and elderly, do not believe them. Let him prove he loves them - with his own money. It is government's specialty to "love the needy", but with other people's money. Demand that the politician divulge information as to how much money he has personally donated to those he cares about - money he has earned through his own hard work at the mill. This will easily prove the truth of the matter. But until such a time, remember the story of Judas and the money bag, and do not take the heart felt care messages for face value.
Author: Scott Wallace Brians
Date: April 2007
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Bible Text: Complete Jewish Bible by David Stern