Mary anointed Jesus with costly ointment but the keeper of their money. Judas, objected: “Why was this money not sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This, he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.” (Jn 12.5-6).
My focus is on why all-knowing Jesus allowed a thief to handle the group’s money? Should churches do likewise today?
“It shows us that every man is tried according to his native propensity. This is the object of trial – to bring out man’s native character; and every man will find opportunity to do evil according to his native disposition, if he is inclined, to it.” – Barnes Notes.
Also other characters in the Bible, God exposes their flaws in assorted ways – Moses, David, Solomon and Peter. Life is a series of tests. God does not tempt us but surely does test us. Judas flunked the test. He love money more than honesty or Jesus.
Judas represents dead religionists today . . . Sunday Christians not heart Christians. Even their religious robes cannot fully hide greed and external agendas.
Churches today are not immune from scoundrels finding their way to the group’s purse on occasion. But as with the disciples, the Gospel was not deterred by this. Perhaps this is a point Jesus wants to make to us? When money is gone, press on. Do not quit. God tests and God provides.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4.19).