Holy Week continued

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Posted on 09 Jul 2015 06:17

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Please read the following:

St. Matthew 26:1 – 16; St. Mark 14:1 – 11; St. Luke 7:37 – 48, 22: 1 – 6; and St John 12: 1 - 13

Holy Week continued

Holy Wednesday is called both Spy Wednesday and Silent Wednesday. That it is called both speaks to the uncertainty of the actual events of this particular day.

Traditionally this day was called “Spy Wednesday” and it is said that on this Wednesday before the crucifixion that Judas conspired to hand Jesus over. For this he was paid thirty pieces of silver (cf Mt. 26:14). Many scholars believe this event happened Tuesday evening. (see St. Luke 22) I am unsure of the timing of this particular event but I am absolutely sure that it happened on either Tuesday or Wednesday of Holy Week.

This is also thought to be the day that Jesus was anointed with an expensive jar of alabaster by the woman at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper. However, this event is also much debated especially as it is recorded in the Book of Luke chapter 7:37 – 48 as taking place at an earlier time in our Lord’s ministry. The debate is not whether or not it happened but when it happened and by whom The Lord was anointed.

Wednesday is also called “Silent Wednesday” because of the uncertainty of the events of that day. There are many scholars who believe that Jesus spent that day with His friends in Bethany in the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. If this is the case, isn’t it fascinating to consider how our Lord Jesus spent this final quiet day with his dearest friends and followers fully knowing what lay ahead for Him?

Dr. J. M. Wooten

It should be noted that the exact order of events during Holy Week is debated by Bible scholars. This timeline represents an approximate outline of major events as I interpret them. jmw

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