And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. Matthew 27:5

Judas Iscariot committed suicide. He hung himself, presumably from a tree, in a potter’s field. It was subsequently bought by the chief priests with the very money Judas had originally received for betraying Jesus. The field was then used as a burial place for strangers and known as the Field of Blood.

…and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. Acts 1:18

It would appear that some time after death his body fell and ruptured. It is possible that the branch or object holding him broke or that he fell when those who discovered him attempted to take down his body. Although his hanging is not mentioned in Acts, the reference to falling coincides with the record in Matthew. Is it possible that he was dead a while before falling, which might explain his body bursting asunder?

Lessons from the life of Judas Iscariot…

We watch on as Judas, the disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, makes his mistakes and we can only learn from them. He betrayed his friend (Luke 22:48) — we should be loyal to the Lord Jesus Christ and each other. He was greedy for money, stole and didn’t care for the poor (John 12:6) — we should be content and help those in need. He was sorry for what he had done but did not turn to God or Christ for forgiveness (Matthew 27:4) — we should seek their mercy whenever we do wrong.

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