Jesus was speaking with His disciples.
It was the last meal that He would have with them.
He said something profound to Judas…and to Satan who had just entered him.
After the morsel, Satan then entered into him.
Therefore Jesus *said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”
Now no one of those reclining at the table knew for what purpose He had said this to him.
For some were supposing, because Judas had the money box,
that Jesus was saying to him,“Buy the things we have need of for the feast”;
or else, that he should give something to the poor.
So after receiving the morsel he went out immediately; and it was night.
Jesus tells Judas/Satan to do what he was to do quickly.
Was this Jesus giving Satan permission?
I suspect so.
The disciples knew not the meaning of the conversation.
There is a major hint about something here.
Something that folk usually do not consider nor reflect upon.
It is just a logistical thing, but I think important.
They thought that since Judas had the money box, that Jesus was sending Judas out to “buy the things we have need of for the feast.”
Or perhaps to gives something to the poor.
Passover is the feast referenced.
It required preparation and execution.
Were not Jesus and the disciples having the Passover meal at this moment?
That is what most say…teach…preach…think.
But that is not the truth.
This all goes to the timing of events in the last week of Jesus life.
Jesus was the Passover lamb.
He was killed at the time of the sacrifice of the Passover lamb…Nisan 14.
The meal in view in this passage was before the Passover meal. (Which was eaten at the beginning to the feast of Unleavened Bread…Nisan 15)
Here is the short of it…
Jesus died at 3 p.m. on what we call Wednesday…Nisan 14.
He was buried before sundown…when Thursday would begin.
This day, Thursday, was Nisan 15, the first day of the feast of Unleavened Bread - a holy convocation, a sabbath…as per Leviticus 23.
Evening/Morning - Thursday. Day 1. (Remember the Hebrew days begins a sunset)
Evening/Morning - Friday. Day 2.
Evening/Morning - Saturday. Day 3.
Jesus said this…
for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Not portions thereof.
At some point after sundown and the beginning of Sunday, Jesus was resurrected.
Is this important?
I think so.
If we can not be trusted to rightly and accurately handle the Word of Truth in smaller matters, then why should be we trusted with more substantive matters?
The world will ask this.
Know the truth.
Proclaim the truth.
Live the truth.