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SNT 0374 When Judas Hanged Himself

When Judas Hanged Himself

November 17, 1968

Covers all scriptures dealing with this subject.
SNT – 374

Topic: DRAFT, hanged, apostles, Judas, Judas Iscariot, field, Matthew, property, lord Jesus Christ, silver, betrayed, ascension, man, disciples
Format: audio
Publication Date: 11-17-1968

Victor Paul Wierwille was a Bible scholar and teacher for over four decades.

By means of Dr. Wierwille's dynamic teaching of the accuracy and integrity of God's Word, foundational class and advanced class graduates of Power for Abundant Living have learned that the one great requirement for every student of the Bible is to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Thus, his presentation of the Word of God was designed for students who desire the in-depth-accuracy of God’s Word.

In his many years of research, Dr. Wierwille studied with such men as Karl Barth, E. Stanley Jones, Glenn Clark, Bishop K.C. Pillai, and George M. Lamsa. His formal training included Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from Mission House (Lakeland) College and Seminary. He studied at the University of Chicago and at Princeton Theological Seminary from which he received a Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. Later he completed his work for the Doctor of Theology degree.

Dr. Wierwille taught the first class on Power for Abundant Living in 1953.

Books by Dr. Wierwille include: Are the Dead Alive Now? published in 1971; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today published in 1972; five volumes of Studies in Abundant Living— The Bible Tells Me So (1971), The New, Dynamic Church (1971), The Word's Way (1971), God's Magnified Word (1977), Order My Steps in Thy Word (1985); Jesus Christ Is Not God (1975); Jesus Christ Our Passover (1980); and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed (1982).

Dr. Wierwille researched God's Word, taught, wrote, and traveled worldwide, holding forth the accuracy of God's "wonderful, matchless" Word.

1Co 15:3-5; Mat 27:3-10; Act 1:2, 15-20; Joh 20:19; Luk 24:1, 29-31

Luk 24:32-34; Joh 20:24, 26; Act 1:2-11; Luk 6:13-16; (Jos 15:25; Joh 6:71)

Act 1:10, 18, 19; Mat 27:5; 10:9; Joh 12:6

Act 1:19; Mat 27:3-10




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SUMMARY KEYWORDS: hanged, apostles, Judas, Judas Iscariot, field, Matthew, property, lord Jesus Christ, silver, betrayed, ascension, man, disciples

I'd like for you to take your Bibles tonight please. I'd like for you to turn to First Corinthians chapter 15. As well as to Matthew chapter 27. In Acts chapter one, it means you have to have three fingers...


every time I teach a class on power for abundant living, when I get into teaching of the Holy Spirit field, watchmaker making all the noise up in this auditorium, your...


sounds like something's buzzing, the organ monitoring this organ off, see if that's what's doing it.


Let's be okay, we just got rid of the origin for the moment. Now, as I was saying, when I teach these classes on power for abundant living, every time you teach a class, you always feel there is so much material that you would like to have shared with the people in that class. But somehow or other, you just didn't have the time and the two weeks that are allotted to the class, to take them into the depth of some of these truths. We have all learned from our research in our teaching ministry, that if there is an apparent contradiction in the Word of God, the first place we look is in our own minds, do we understand where this apparent discrepancy could be? Is it lodged within the confines of our own mind? If it is not lodged there and we fully understand what is written and there still is a contradiction, then it would have to be in translation. Just today, or yesterday, I heard from someone I forget who it was said that this very particular section of the Word of God that I had anticipated teaching on someone in a college in a Bible class, had just recently taken apart and ridiculed and said, you see how the Bible contradicts itself. The night I'd like to set before our people again, the great truth of God's word that there is no contradiction in God's word when you rightly divided and when you understand it in the light of which God wrote it, or had it written, and that is most meaningful. These particular things in God's word, people like you who are concerned about the accuracy of God's word ought to study out, you ought to work this word that I'm going to teach again to you tonight, to the end, that it becomes yours, that you understand it that you could communicate it accurately. Basically, everything I'm going to be teaching tonight, you will find in one of the chapters of volume one of studies in Abundant Living, namely, in relationship to When did Judas hanged himself. The common teaching among the Christian so called Christian people is that immediately after Judas betrayed the Lord Jesus Christ, he went out and hanged himself. God's word, on the other hand, teaches that the resurrected Christ appeared to Judas Iscariot, along with the other apostles after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. And that Judas Iscariot was one of the witnesses of the ascension of the Lord Jesus. And the ascension occurred some 40 days after the resurrection. In first Corinthians chapter 15. Beginning with verse three, this wonderful record. Right delivered unto you first of all, that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried at that He rose again the third day according to the scripture, and that he was seen of sci fi, then of the 12 after the resurrection, if Judas Iscariot hanged himself, immediately after he betrayed the Lord Jesus Christ died, Judas Iscariot could not have been present as one of the 12 On this occasion recorded here in First Corinthians 15 When Jesus Christ appeared to see fast and to the 12. Now turning to the Gospel of John. I said Matthew and x will go to John first. Maybe We should go to Matthew and x and read those scriptures to you and then come to John to make it even more fitting for you. I think we shall do this in Matthew 27. In Matthew 27, beginning with verse three, you have the record which is usually quoted to your spoken of Matthew 27, verse three, then Judas which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned repetitive itself, and brought again the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders saying, I have sinned, that I betrayed DNS and blood. And they said, what that to us these out to that and he Judas kept down to pieces of silver in the temple and departed and went and hanged himself.


And the chief priests took the silver pieces instead, it's not lawful, where to put them in the treasury, because it is the price of blood. They took constantly bought with them, the part of the steel to bury strangers in wherever that field was called the Field of Blood under this date, then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet saying, they took the 30 pieces of silver at the price of him that was valued, boom, they have the children of Israel to value and gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me and enacts chapter one the other record. And they're in verse two we read, until the day in which he was taken up, which is the day of what the ascension after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles, whom he had chosen. Also, how many apostles did he choose? 12 and therefore in enacts chapter one, verse 15. It says, In those days, Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples and said, the number of names together about 120 men in brothers descriptor must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus where he was numbered with us and had obtained part of this ministry. Verse 18, now this man purchase appealed with reward of iniquity, and falling headlong burst asunder in the midst and all these vowels go stuff. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem in so much that field is called in their proper tongue Akadama. That is to say, the field of bloom, where it is written in the book of Psalms, ladies habitation be desolate and let no man dwell there in in his bishopric, lead, and others take these records hear from Matthew and from John and from acts are the ones that they say, are contradictory. Now, in order to see whether they really are contradictory, we have to identify some identical times in John chapter 20. In verse 19, on the day of the resurrection appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ, which we first referred to as Easter Sunday, in John 20, verse 19. Then the same day at evening, being the first of the week, when the doors were shut, where the disciples were assembled for fear the Do you hear that called disciples, these were the apostles. But here they are called disciples. And let's again understand that every apostle is a disciple. But every disciple is not a necessity and apostle. Now these apostles here are referred to as disciples were assembled for fear the Jews came Jesus and stood in the midst and said unto them, peace be unto you. You have the time of this set, you're in your mind, you're not the first day of the week, what we refer to as Resurrection Sunday, the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ, when the disciples were assembled to gather at a certain place, and Jesus stood in their midst, now in the Gospel of Luke in chapter 24, of Luke, And in verse, one of this chapter, it says, Now, on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the separate, bringing the spices which they had prepared. And here in Luke 24, one, you have this record of time, first day of the week, which corresponds with the same the first day of the week of John 2019, which we just read. And in verse 29, Now this 24th chapter of Luke the record on the road to Emmaus on that first day of the week, and they, verse 29, constrained him Jesus, saying, abide with us sports toward evening. And the day is far spent. And he went into Terry with them and it came to pass. As he sat at meet with them, he took bread and blessed it and break it and gave to them. And their eyes were open, and they knew him. And he vanished out of their sight. And they said, one to another, did not our heart burn within us while he talked with us, by the way, and while he opened to us the scripture, and they rose up the same hour and returned to Jerusalem and found a lot 11 gathered together and them that we're with them, saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared unto Simon, who is also referred to on occasion as deepest.


In John 20, in verse 24, we read regarding this identical days, but Thomas, one of the 12 called determinists was not with them, when Jesus came, Thomas was not with them. And yet we read that the 11 were gathered together in verse 33, of Luke. If the 11 were gathered together, and it was only Thomas who was not there, then one person definitely had to be among those 11, which would be Judas Iscariot, on the day of the resurrection appears. In verse 26, of John 20. We read an after eight days again, his disciples were within and this time Thomas was was with them. Now turning to acceptor one, recognizing that here we have read from Luke and from John, the identical times and situations, it indicates beyond a shadow of a doubt from God's Word that on this particular, first day of the week, when Jesus Christ appeared to the men on the road to Emmaus, he also came back into Jerusalem, and appeared to the 11th, who were gathered together, plus other disciples behind closed doors for fear of the Jews. And those 11 apostles, represented all of them, except one person, who was Thomas. Later on, eight days later, Thomas is present. So we have at least 12 that are present on the day of the resurrection appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, this immediately, from God's word contradicts the teaching of that statement from the Gospel of Matthew which reread it after Jesus Christ had betrayed the Lord Jesus, that after Judas had betrayed the Lord Jesus Christ, he went out and hanged himself. That record then in Matthew cannot be an account of that which he did immediately after he betrayed him. It can only be a record of the accounts which occurred to Judas. Until the day that a of his century, when he was taken up, after that he through or by way of the Holy Spirit, had given commandments unto the apostles, who he had chosen. Here we are specifically reading about the day of the ascension. And on this day of ascension, it says he gave commandment unto the apostles whom he had chosen. Now we go to God's Word in Luke chapter six and read it for ourselves. Luke chapter six, and in verse 13, and when it was day he called unto him his disciples. And of them he Jesus Christ chose what 12, whom He also named what? Apostles. He, Jesus Christ chose how many 12 And in Acts chapter one, it said, He gave commandment unto the apostles, whom was he had chosen? How many did he choose? In Luke it says, Simon, verse 14, will be also called named Peter, and Andrew his brother James and John Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas. James, the son of Alphaeus. And Simon soloists and Judas, the brother James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor. There you have the names and the listing of all 12. Now back to Acts chapter one, given commandments unto the apostles who he had chosen, to whom also He showed himself alive after his passion, after his death, by many infallible proofs, to whom the apostles how many 12, one of which was Judas Iscariot, he showed himself alive after his patients, by many infallible proofs, being seen of them, they move the 12 apostles, including Judas Iscariot, 40 days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God,


and being assembled together with them, the 12 apostles, commanded them, the 12 apostles, that they should not depart from Jerusalem. But wait for the promise of the Father which says he, you have heard of me. One of the reactions that people will give to you while I'm going through here, just reminded of this spiritually, is that people will say, well, Judas, if Judas was present there, why did Jesus tell him to go back to Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit? When Jesus Christ do we wouldn't do it anyway? A very simple answer to that. The Bible says we are to walk in the light as He is, what have you always done it? He's given you the word then to as these given all of us. We are the ones that make the decision. Whether we're going to walk or not, Judas Iscariot had to have the same word given to him that was given to the rest of the apostles, or Jesus Christ would have been a respecter of persons. And that's an impossibility. God gave His Word through Jesus Christ to all the apostles, Judas Iscariot could have believed that word. I marvel at the greatness of the record of God's word. Because after Judas Iscariot had to be trained the Lord Jesus Christ, instead of Jesus turning on him, and giving him the boot, instead of kicking him out, he allowed him to be in the same fellowship of apostles afterwards, and the only way he could ever get out as he kicked himself out. And that's exactly the greatness of God's wonderful matchless words. Jesus Christ never expelled any of us. God never kicked any of us out. If anybody gets kicked out, they kick themselves out, they expel themselves because the love of God, in Christ Jesus is manifest on tall men. Very fine. Or John truly baptized with water, but he shall be baptized with new Mahaki Oh, not many days hence. And when they, the 12, therefore were come together, they asked him him, saying, Lord will bow at this time restore again the kingdom of Israel. And he said unto them, The 12 apostles, it's not for you to know the times or the seasons, watch the pronouns, which the Father is put in his own playlists, but he shall receive power. See how it's open to all 12 after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. Now you can't receive power if you're not there if you're not living after this, right. But how are you living? And you're one of those you will do what receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you. And he shall he witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, enology in Sumerian on the uttermost parts of the earth. And when He had spoken these things, while day, the 12 be held. He was taken up and that's the ascension. He was taken up, and a cloud received him out of there that 12 sites and wild they looked steadfastly toward heaven. As he went up, behold, two men, stood by them, that 12 in wide apparel, verse 11, which also said, Ye man of Lot, Galilee, there you'll have to change your pronouns are now deleted and you go back to a controlling Noun. The original noun was the apostles whom he had chosen. And from verse three, all the way through verse 10. The same pronouns apply to those apostles whom he had chosen. But in verse 11, he changes the major nouns, and the noun is the man of Galilee. Now the 12 apostles all were Galilean With the exception of Judas Iscariot, Judas Iscariot came from from the town of CaTiO, spelled k e r i, o th, you will find this city, on your maps in the back of your Bible. If you have a map of the times of Christ, you'll find it in the southern part of Judea. It's a town of kettles. If you want a scripture reference on it, I'll give it to you now. Joshua 1525. This mentions that city, Joshua 1525. And in John 671, it specifically mentions this Judas Iscariot, and Judas from Iscar. Iscar is catio. That's the name of the city, Judas from the town or the city of if God CaTiO


he was the only Judean all the rest of the apostles were Galileans. And therefore, logically, Judas left, right after the ascension, in verse 10, and while they look steadfastly toward heaven, as they watch Jesus Christ go up to man stood by them in white apparel, when Jesus Christ went up, Judas watch the going. But when those two men, those angels, which appeared as men stood by those apostles, and spoke to them, they're no longer was the Judas Iscariot present, with the role the man of luck, Galilee, only the 11th were left, which means that Judas left at that time. And what did Judas do at that time? He went out. And he did exactly what Matthew 27 Verse five said, he went out and he hanged himself. And the record of this hanging of himself begins in verse 18, of this tremendous first chapter of Acts. Now this man, go to purchase, purchase, and the word purchased is the word provided. Look at Matthew 10. Matthew chapter 10. And in verse nine, the first word of that verse, provide either gold or silver the word provide is the same word that is here translated purchase, I can understand why they would translate this word provide purchase here, because he provided for himself. If he provided for himself, he had to do a lot with this particular property, he had to purchase it. That's why they use the word purchase. Now this, this man, provided for himself, or he purchased for himself a field, the word field must be understood and properly translated. The Greek word is the word Palladio's spelled t h o r, I open. The word cutting owns means a property 50 by 120 feet, this kind of thing, just a place to build a little two bedroom home on or three depends on how big the family is or something. Now he provided himself a little property with the reward of iniquity. He provided this with the reward of iniquity. All the commentaries say, and all the literate toward that I've ever read on it. Outside of the Word of God says that He provided this he bought this property with the 30 pieces of silver, which he had received for betraying the Lord Jesus Christ through the hierarchy of the Jews. This cannot be true. Because another record says that he took the 30 pieces of silver and threw them back in the temple which we're going to read line by line later on. If you will remember who Judas was, from God's Word and what his responsibility among the apostles was. You will have a very beautiful answer. This reward of iniquity with which he purchased for himself, this property on which to build his own house or something, this little property of his own, this reward of iniquity, the money that he bought it with was money that he had stolen from the treasury, because he was the treasurer of the apostles. Don't worry that God says this in John chapter 12, please. You must, by all means, get this straightened out. And understanding John chapter 12.


And in verse six, this, he said, He's talking about Judas Iscariot, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the bag and he bare what was put there in, he was a lot, thief. And he was, he was responsible for it, the money in it. And he apparently stole the money out of this treasury. And this is how he accumulated money with which to buy this property for himself. And this money is called the reward of iniquity. It was not called this at the time he bought it because nobody knew about it. But as the years went by, and the record was straightened up, and God gave it by revelation, this is the truth of what how he acquired this property. And this is why this money which he stole, stole, it's called the reward of iniquity. It's the reward of sin. It's money that he took, and was not supposed to take. Now he had bought himself this property with that money. The reward of iniquity. You might look at Matthew 27. While you need to relate these, it'll just help you because we'll be doing Matthew 27. A little A little while later on. You see, in Matthew 27, five it says he tapped down two pieces of silver in the temple and departed and went and was hanged himself. dot that reward of iniquity. Verse 18 of x one cannot be those 30 pieces of silver because he returned those 30 pieces of silver to one, the temple you see it all right, backpacks and falling headlong, falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed up. I think all of us have had a problem with this hanging of Judas. Because as it said, in Matthew, he went and hanged himself. Here it says, that falling headlong in the midst, all of his bowels gushed out. I think all of us have had a problem with this hanging up Judas. Because as it said, in Matthew, he went and hanged himself. Here it says, that falling headlong in the midst, all of his bowels gushed out. When I was a young boy, young man coming up, even when I first went in the ministry, I never could quite understand this and I had sort of an erroneous picture in my mind. I always had a picture of he must have hanged himself on a rock rope. Yeah, it must have been rather old rope, or he must have hang there, over a period of time. When he hanged himself, he must have been on that place for so long that the rope got rotten, that he fell down, and he busted a part in the middle and all his bowels go stuff. This is the picture I add. And this is what I thought must have happened. I couldn't understand. Man could hang himself from a limit victory, and that this would affect his bowels gushing out, and all his intestines running underground or something. But then we learned as the years went by, from our biblical research, that when a man hanged himself in the Bible, it did not mean a rope on a two by four on a limb. That the word hanging simply meant that he committed suicide by hanging himself on a point of obstacle, which means that he impaled himself upon a pointed stick or a story. Like tall, King Saul committed suicide by running the authority, the king, and the leaders of the nation, the chief, whenever they hang themselves, which means they committed suicide, they would do it with a sword. But the common people like Judas, when he would hang himself would not do it upon a sword, he would impale himself upon a sharp pointed stick. And he ran that ran himself on that sharply pointed stick. And that's why, when he did this, he hanged himself on that. And that's why he burst asunder in the last myth, and all his last bowels guy stuff. That's what the word says in a scene. And that's what his verse 19.


And it was known unto all the dollars at Jerusalem, in so much as that field and the word field, there again is the word cardio, that property is called in that proper tongue Akadama. That is the same, that Field of Blood the word field, again, is the word property, the property of lots of blood, was it called this when he purchased it? No. But after he had committed suicide, when he had hanged himself there, then the people walked by later on, and they pointed to it, they see the property of blood. He read, This man killed himself, they do the same thing. You go down the road, you say, here is where Herman Jones was killed in an automobile accident. Here is where it's so I'm so shocked so and so when they walk by this property, they would point to it and say, This is the property of blood, not because he bought it with blood money. But because he himself impaled himself upon that steak and committed suicide, thereby hanging himself on that state. And his blood was shed there. This is why it is called the property of blood.


Now to harmonize this with Matthew 27. In verse three, it says, He brought again the 30 pieces of silver, to whom the key prayed.


I mean, Matthew 27, verse three, and the elders at the temple. And he said to them, verse four, I have sinned, in that I have betrayed the watts, innocent blood. And they said to Judas, watch that to us. You did it, you see, vow to it. And he Judas, cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed. And went and watch hanged himself. Now you're seeing Matthew 27, five is just a record of what he did. After he attacked the pieces of silver in the temple. The greatest thing that happened to his life after that was that he went out and hanged himself. That's all. And the record inside is not a chronologically accurate, because we know from the other word of God that when he departed, he didn't immediately go out and hang himself, but that he had a period of, from the betrayal to the death, three days in the grave, then the 40 days after the resurrection, until the day of ascension. So you'll have a whole period of time represented by that comma, after departed, and before the word and in verse five. He talks down to pieces of silver in the temple, and the party, and when hanged himself and the chief priests now took the silver pieces are the ways that word took Islam bottom man manifested with a did something with the key priests, took the silver pieces, the 30 and said, It's not lawful, or to put them into the treasury because it is the price of on the rings that it was the price of blood is because this is what they had paid Judas for betraying the Lord Jesus Christ to them. This is why this money was called the price of blood money, or blood money. They paid it to get Jesus killed or brought to them. And then verse seven, console, they got together the chief priests and the elders, they had a staff meeting. They took console, and they decided something and what did they decide in verse seven? They do decided to buy and bought and bought, bought with them. The potter's field to bury strangers in. They took console and they bought. The word bought here is a word meaning that they bought it in a public place in a marketplace. They bought a public in a public auction place, a property or a field or whatever we're going to read here, they deliberately went out to buy a piece of land. That's the word bought the console and bought with the 30 pieces of silver, the potter's field, they had determined in their console meeting that they would go out and would buy a walk with it. A pottery field. A pottery field is a field to bury strangers in strangers, meaning men who had no money to be buried, had no one to bury them, they became the responsibility of the community, the city, and therefore the city would take them and bury them in the burying of people in the potter's field is even carried on today. In some denomination and among some of the major denominational groups in America, where if anybody, they say hanged himself or commit suicide, he can't be buried on the major part of the cemetery, or even in their own family law. He can only be buried in a special place on the cemetery, which has been designed for those who have hanged themselves, or committed murder or done something else. And it is called the potter's field to this day in our civilization. You don't hear it too frequently. But this is still true. today. It's where they bury people, most of them, of course, who have committed suicide, but if they have a case, in a community, whether it's nobody to take care of that person, they'll still put them on poverty. But they I've always taught that if a man committed suicide, he went to hell. So he had no right laying on the major parts of cemetery leave sort of in the potter's field area. And they picked up all of this, they can sure region the right to God tempting, a marvelous to doing this. Well. So the word here field is the word on growth, not cardio. In verse seven. It's our growth. And our growth is a larger territory than a property. Property is like I said, 50 by 120 kind of thing, in our thinking, or in our growth, and acres, two acres, three acres, five acres that is not gross. In Latin, we have the word gripped alone. Jerrica law, meaning farmer isn't and who farms is in a grip the law, a bigger area, that's the word I've grown. A lot with them. The potter's field, the odd grow, the very strange rooted, were for that field that our growth was called, not by the chief priests and elders. But later, when the people found out what they had bought this pottery field with, that people later called it the field of what the blood and the word field again is the our growth, the our growth of blood, they call it the Field of Blood, because it was bought with blood money, that 30 pieces of silver that has been given to Judas, which Judas returned to the temple. And the chief priests then took that 30 pieces or those 30 pieces of silver and bought this particular field or approach with it. And this is why the people called it that Field of Blood under this date, and the word blot is the word hotspot tone, which is an entirely different word than the word aka Del Mar Akadama in Act which we read a little a little while ago, then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet saying they took the 30 pieces of silver the price of him that was valued, who they are the children of Israel did value and gave them for the potter's field as the Lord appointed me. And putting these two records together you do not have a contradiction. But your Bible again sits like a hand in a glove without any contradiction and without any years. As the record indicates, that according to act, it simply tells us that after the day of the ascension When Jesus Christ sent and some time, before the day of Pentecost, Judas went out and he hanged himself.


I do not believe that you can pinpoint it any closer than that from God's word. But I am sorry that it occurred before the day of Pentecost because Peter, and be about 120. When they return one day Peter and those returned to the upper room and then later met with the about 120, before the day of Pentecost, they selected someone to replace Judas Iscariot. And that's the one was Matthias. And it's just very dutifully, then because Judas had just gone out and hanged himself after the ascension. And here they were waiting for 10 days before the day of Pentecost. And during that period of time, they selected someone that takes Judas Iscariot points. And it's interesting. Peter said it had to be someone who had traveled with them and been with them from the very time of John the Baptist. Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ to the day of the resurrection of Jesus. They stopped that somehow or other 12 years later, man was traveling on the road to Damascus. Someone who had not accompany them from the time of the baptism of John until the resurrection. And this man was on the road to Damascus. And all at once. There it was, and his name was fall apart. And it was that Saul, who became the greatest apostle the world has ever seen, and to whom the great mystery was revealed of what the church really is. And it was this one, why believe was the one whom God really chose to take. Judas Iscariot plates, the one who had the power betrayed the Lord Jesus Christ, who was a real villain. And the one God chose to really replace him was a great fall, of course, they're putting together Matthew 27 with Acts chapter one. Again, you have no contradiction at all, but only the great accuracy of God's word, and it fits like a hand in a glove in every way. So I'm deeply grateful for the accuracy of that word. Knowing that God's word stand true and faithful in every segment and that we can trust it all the way.