Who bought the potter’s field?

Acts 1:18 claims that Judas purchased the field saying, “Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.” But Matthew 27:5-8 says, “And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.” So who purchased the field of blood or the potter’s field? Was it Judas or the chief priests.

Both statements are correct. The chief priests purchased the field in Judas’ name with his money. The narrative in Matthew tells how and why the field was purchased. In Acts 1:18, Peter explains that the field was purchased by the chief priests with Judas’ money in his name.

Crediting someone with an action on behalf of another is common. John 4:1-3 describes such a scenario with explanation saying, “When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples)….” Likewise, John 19:1 credits Pilate with the scourging of Jesus when in fact it was the soldiers who actually did the scourging. Another example is found in Genesis 45:4-5 where Joseph credits his brothers for selling him into Egypt. But Genesis 37:28 tells us that his brothers sold Joseph to Ishmeelites  who brought him into Egypt.

In all cases, there are two correct ways of saying the same thing when crediting one for another’s actions.

Numbers in the Bible

A good way for some to remember Bible facts and stories is to note how some numbers repeat themselves throughout the Bible. In many cases, the narrative in the Bible defines the meaning of numbers. In other cases, numbers are regularly associated with meaning. In all cases, it is important to remember that numbers doContinue Reading

Public speaking quotes

“Words have incredible power. They can make people’s hearts soar, or they can make people’s hearts sore.” -Dr. Mardy Grothe   “Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.” Plato   Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21Continue Reading

Public Speaking Tips

Overcome being nervous Being nervous is natural. A severe fear of public speaking is called Glossophobia. Everyone is nervous when it comes to public speaking, but every leader speaks publically regardless of nerves. Being nervous is physical response to prepare for a challenge. The feeling of being nervous is a very natural, physical response toContinue Reading

For want of witnesses, love, and faith

For want of witnesses, hearing is lost. 1 For want of hearing, the message is lost. For want of the message, faith is lost. For want of faith, believing is lost. For want of believing, souls are lost. For want of souls, calling on the Lord is lost. For want of calling on the Lord,Continue ReadingContinue Reading

For want of a nail

The earliest known written version of the rhyme is in John Gower’s “Confesio Amantis” dated approximately 1390. 1 For want of a nail, the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe, the horse was lost. For want of a horse, the rider was lost. For want of a rider, the battle was lost. ForContinue Reading

When bad things happen to people

Does God allow bad things to happen in order for better things to occur? Sometimes He does. Consider the following examples. Deuteronomy 8:5 says, “Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.” Hebrews 12:6 says, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth,Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Blessings for those who believe

Text: John 20:29, “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Believers are blessed, and the celebration of this day is the reason we are blessed. Jesus conquered death, hell, and the grave not for Himself, but for allContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Priesthood of the believer

There are five verses referring to believers being priests. First Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. First Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Satan’s attack on church leadership

Please be sure to have pen and paper ready. There is a lot to cover, and important ideas and questions will be lost if not written down. If you are writing notes for yourself, I want to ask that you also keep a page to turn in to me. As I speak, write down pointsContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Have you been touched by evil?

Sermon: Do you believe in spiritual warfare? Do you believe it has influence on you? In order to engage your worst enemy you must acknowledge more than his existence. You must acknowledge his influence. Second Corinthians 4:4 says, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lestContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Insults and imbeciles

“He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.” – Groucho Marx To answer a fool or not. That is the question. Proverb 26:4 advises, “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.” And yet,Continue Reading

Personal or environmental choice to follow Christ?

It has been said by many that children raised in a godly home and church will most certainly choose to follow the Lord. And yet, so many do not. The conclusion is that the home and the church were not truly godly or godly enough. Or, it may be that in spite of the godlinessContinue Reading

Bible translation thoughts

A reader sent the following note to me to entice me to purchase a book. I declined because of the errors I saw in the note. I am posting this for the value of the critique. Many comments made in this note are all too common and all too wrong. So, I thought it wouldContinue Reading

Wrested verses

Following are a list of verses sent to me for explanation. The person sending the verses said he was confused by the doctrinal conflict between “once saved always saved” and “works for salvation.” Wrested Verse 1: Philippians:2:12, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more inContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Why I rejected evolution

As an atheist, I believed in evolution as fact. It was the only explanation for existence. But after attending a lecture on creation science, I began to rethink the question of origins. The speaker had pointed out several things that I knew were true, but I never considered the implications. He also said some thingsContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Virgin Power

The vast majority of teens (87 percent) surveyed said they do not think it is embarrassing for teens to admit they are virgins. [National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. (2000). The Cautious Generation? Teens Tell Us About Sex, Virginity, and "The Talk". Washington, DC: Author.] All methods of birth control have a failure rate, ranging from 0.05 percentContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Before You Marry

God’s Word is the definitive authority on what is right and what is best. Morality is not determined by feelings, logic, or popular opinion. Physical intimacy is to be avoided until you are married. First Corinthians 7:1-2 “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touchContinue Reading

Muslim panel report

I want to express my sincere gratitude to the Muslim Student Association for the invitation to participate in this interfaith dialogue and to share with you the Christian Gospel message recorded in the Bible. I also want to thank Amy Christianson for her gracious and helpful communications and arrangements making it possible for me toContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Jesus is alive and well! Three days after Jesus Christ was unmercifully and shamefully crucified, He arose in triumph over death, hell, and the grave. It was a real event.  First century letter confirms miracle during Christ’s crucifixion. Cornelius Tacitus (52-54 A.D.) A Roman historian and Governor of Asia, and son-in-law to Julius Agricola wroteContinue Reading