Plot with the Herodians to Kill Jesus
||14 Then the Pharisees went
out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
||6 And the Pharisees went
forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how
they might destroy him.
||11 And they were filled
with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.
- Took counsel with the Herodians
- Filled with madness
- Communed with one another
- What they might do
- Held a council
- How they might destroy him
- Sabbath -- They went out from the synagogue
- Their real motive was hatred of the Lord,
while their pretext was that he had broken the Sabbath. While professing to
be very religious, they were really the servants of the evil one. People's
New Testament Commentary
- There are many who abandon themselves to
debauchery on the Sabbath, who condemn a poor man whom necessity obliges to
work on what is termed a holiday, or a national fast. Adam Clarke
- Pharisees -- Theocratic political party
supporting orthodox Judaism
- Herodians -- Secular political party
- As bitter as they usually were against each
other. John Wesley Notes
- Already these inveterate enemies were
resolved to destroy Jesus. People's New Testament Commentary
- They needed the secular power of the
Herodians to secure the death of Jesus. Fourfold Gospel
- This is the first mention of the Herodians
or adherents of Herod Antipas and the Herod family rather than the Romans.
Robertson's New Testament Word Pictures
- Pride, obstinacy, and interest, combined
together, are capable of any thing. When men have once framed their
conscience according to their passions, madness passes for zeal, the
blackest conspiracies for pious designs, and the most horrid attempts for
heroic actions. Adam Clarke Commentary
- He had shown his power to work a miracle.
- He had shown his power to do it contrary
to what they thought was right.
- By doing it he had shown that he was from
God, and that they were therefore wrong in their views of the Sabbath.
- He had shown no respect to their views of
what the law of God demanded. Pride, obstinacy, malice, and disappointed
self- confidence were all combined, therefore, in producing madness. Nor
were they alone. Men are often enraged because others do good in a way
which they do not approve of. God gives success to others; and because he
has not accommodated himself to their views of what is right, and done it
in the way which they would have prescribed, they are enraged, and filled
with envy at men more successful than themselves.
Albert Barnes New Testament Commentary
- Great zeal for human traditions and the
commandments of men may consist with enmity to God and deep malignity
against those who obey him.
Family Bible Notes
- The word denotes senseless rage at the
confusion to which our Lord had put them, both by word and deed. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown
- Council -- Assembly gathered to make formal
- Counsel -- Advice, instruction, guidance,
- Commune -- Form a common mind, unite in
consensus, share in common
- But their doubt was not, whether to get rid
of Him, but how to compass it. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary
- Observe their cruelty; they took counsel,
not to imprison or banish him, but to destroy him, to be the death of him
who came that we might have life. What an indignity was hereby put upon our
Lord Jesus, to run him down as an outlaw and the plague of his country, who
was the greatest blessing of it, the Glory of his people Israel!
Matthew Henry Commentary
- This incident marks a crisis in the hatred
of the Pharisees toward Jesus. They bolted out of the synagogue and actually
conspired with their hated rivals, the Herodians, how to put Jesus to death.
By "destroy" (apoles˘sin) they meant "kill." Robertson's New
Testament Word Pictures
- Their killing of Jesus was indeed the result
of malice aforethought, for they deliberately, planned their cruel deed.
Spurgeon's Commentary on Matthew
- They hated him for his holiness; because he
reproved them; because he laid open their hypocrisy; and because he won the
hearts of the people, and lessened their influence. They therefore
determined to remove him, if possible, and thus avoid his reproofs. Sinners
would often rather put to death the man that reproves them, than to forsake
their sins. The Pharisees had rather commit any crime, even to the murder of
the Messiah, than forsake the sins of which he rebuked them. Albert
Barnes New Testament Commentary
- A striking illustration of the alternatives
of Jesus a few moments before, "to save life or to kill." Robertson's New
Testament Word Pictures
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See also: 220.7
- Bible Commentaries; 251
- Homiletics; 252
- Sermon Texts