A very weird thought came to me reading this passage this morning. If I were a religious leader that had plotted to commit murder, I would think I would find a way to rationalize it. If for nothing else to give myself a clear conscience. But the leaders that plotted against him didn’t rationalize it at all. They knew exactly what they were doing. They wouldn’t put the thirty pieces of silver in the temple offering because it was money from murder for hire. I guess they are like all of us sometime, when we decide that it is ok to sin for a good reason. Lord help us Not to be that blatantly rebellious!