Matthew Chapter 27

Matt 27:1-2 When the morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Yeshua (Jesus) to put Him to death: and when they had bound Him, they led Him away, and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

Here we see the Sanhedrin officially give their verdict after sunrise.

Yeshua had two trials, one Jewish and religious and the other one Roman and secular. The Jewish court was not able to carry out an execution so Yeshua had to be turned over to the Romans.

Matt 27:3-4 Then Y’hudah (Judas), His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." And they said, "What is that to us? You see to it!"

Notice they did not deny that it was innocent blood. Y’hudah’s conscious got the best of him. He wanted to undo what he could not. The Spirit convicts him and he is remorseful. The others were not. This reveals their true hearts. It was part of their obligation to help Y’hudah. He still could have turned around but I don’t think he did because Yeshua said it would have been better for him if he had not been born. Yeshua gives us all a free choice to turn our backs to the truth. Many will one-day wish they had listened to the Spirit but by then it will be too late. HaShem was not going to let the fact that some of our brothers or sisters reject Yeshua interfere with His will and plan for us. These men were not remorseful for their own corruption and certainly were not going to help their fellow man with his corruption.

Also Yeshua indicates here in John that Y’hudah was lost.

John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name: those that you gave to me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

In Acts Luke indicates that Y’hudah (Judas) did not go to heaven.

Acts 1:25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.

Matt 27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

To kill oneself is a terrible sin because we are made in the image of G-d.

Luke records

Acts 1:18-20 (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.) For it is written in the book of Psalms: 'Let his dwelling place be desolate, and let no one live in it'; and, 'Let another take his office.'

The field was actually purchased by the chief priests, as we will see in the following verses. Since Y’hudah’s money was used to purchase the field Luke records it as if Y’hudah made the purchase. Also, it appears that Y’hudah must have used either used a thin rope or a thin branch to hang himself, notice the description of his death in the passage above.

See Psalm 65:25, and Psalm 109:8 to see where this was prophesied.

Matt 27:6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for us to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.

They realize it isn’t lawful to use the money but it didn’t bother these men that they helped betray innocent blood. Talk about priorities.

Matt 27:7-10 So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners. That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: "They took the thirty silver coins, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter's field, as the L-rd commanded me."

Spoken by Jeremiah the prophet - Actually this was spoken by Zechariah.

Zech 11:12-14 Then I said to them, "If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain." So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver. And the L-RD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"--that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the L-RD for the potter.

The Tanakh (Older Covenant) is split into three sections: The Law, The Writings, and The Prophets. The first book in the Prophet section was the book of Jeremiah. Sometimes other books in the prophetic section are referred to as the book of Jeremiah because it was the first book.

Matt 27:11-14 Meanwhile Yeshua (Jesus) stood before the governor, and the governor asked Him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "Yes, it is as you say," Yeshua (Jesus) replied. And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He made no answer. Then Pilate said to Him, "Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?" And He did not answer him with regard to even a single charge, so that the governor was quite amazed.

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.

He opened not his mouth to defend Himself. The governor marveled at this. Why? Maybe because most are quick to defend themselves but He did not have to. Maybe Pilate sensed the calmness of the Spirit of the L-rd. Isn’t it interesting that this man was making a judgment against the righteous Son of G-d? The L-rd responds in quiet divine tranquility. He also knew it was the will of the Father.

Matt 27:15-18 Now it was the governor's custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Yeshua (Jesus) who is called Messiah?" For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Yeshua (Jesus) over to him.

Pilate could see right through them and knew that they were jealous of Yeshua and His ministry.

Matt 27:19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge's seat, his wife sent him this message: "Don't have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him."

She may have been a wife of Pilate and a foreigner but she had the spiritual insight to realize he was a “just man”.

The letter corresponding to this chapter is “Hay”-breath; Spirit of G-d.

Matt 27:20-21 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Yeshua. The governor answered and said to them, Which of the two do you want me to release to you? They said, Barabbas.

HE died in place of Barabbas. This also illustrates the point of Him dying in our place for us too.

Matt 27:22 Pilate said to them, What will I do then with Yeshua (Jesus) which is called Messiah? They all answered him, Let Him be crucified.

Matt 27:23-25 "Why? What crime has He committed?" asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify Him!" When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!"

All the people answered, "Let His blood be on us and on our children!"

“Let His blood be on us and on our children!" - The Jewish people accepted the blame for the execution of Yeshua and did not hold the Romans responsible.

Matt 27:26 Then He released Barabbas to them: and when he had scourged Yeshua (Jesus), he delivered Him to be crucified.

Scourged Yeshua - This was a sever whipping that Yeshua endured. The whip had several leather strands attached to a handle and on the end of each strand was a piece of metal that would rip into the flesh of the victim. Sometimes scourging was fatal.

Isaiah 50:6 I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.

Crucified - Messiah’s crucifixion was predicted hundreds of years earlier and at a time when crucifixion was not known in Israel. Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 are astonishing prophecies of Messiah’s death.

Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.

Matt 27:27-31 Then the soldiers of the governor took Yeshua into the Praetorium and gathered the whole Roman cohort around Him. And they stripped Him, and put a scarlet robe on Him. And after weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they kneeled down before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they spat on Him, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head. And after they had mocked Him, they took His robe off and put His garments on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.

Can you imagine the horror of these men finding out after they died that Yeshua is indeed the Son of David and the Son of G-d.

Psalms 69:19 You have known My reproach, and My shame, and My dishonor: My adversaries are all before You.

Matt 27:32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear His beam.

Beam - a straight piece of wood used as the cross bar on the execution stake. Some of these beams could weigh as much as 200 pounds.

Yeshua was so weakened from the beating that He was unable to carry it the whole way Himself. This shows us His humanity.