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Judas May Have Been the Son of Simon Peter, and here are some biblical thoughts to go with it.

Was Judas Iscariot The Son of Simon Peter?

Simon, Peter, Judas, Iscariot, devil, Simon's son, son, Malchus, ear, Canaanite, The question is often asked, “Was Judas Iscariot The Son of Simon Peter?”  This idea about Judas Iscariot being the son of Simon wasn't my idea - it was the Lord's idea, and I’ll cite his scriptures.

“Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.” (John 6:70-71)

“Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?” (John 12:4-5)

“And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him...” (John 13:2)

“He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.” (John 13:25-26)

As you may know, not each incident or fact in the Bible is mentioned several times, but when something is, one ought to take note.  Of course, by now you are wondering if it was possible that Judas Iscariot was the son of the apostle Simon Peter.  I can't say that he was for sure, but I was so moved by this possibility some twenty-five years ago, that I remember where I was sitting at the time.

Perhaps after Peter was absent from the body, the identity of Judas Iscariot’s natural father could be fully disclosed, and would not be a hindrance to his ministry.  I say that, because, on another matter, the four times Peter is mentioned cutting off a man's ear, John's gospel (Chapter 18:10) is the only one that identifies Peter and the victim by name.  And if the scholars are right that John's gospel was written much later than the rest, perhaps after Peter and the other apostles died, the details of the assault could be disclosed by John.

If you think about it, Simon Peter’s assault and battery on Malchus was a serious crime; and cutting off his ear could have been overly publicized and resulted in unnecessary bad press for the senior apostle.  How would we like it if some asinine thing you have done - in the name of the Lord - were broadcasted everywhere you went?  Isn't it wonderful the Lord restored Malchus’ ear and covered Peter's sin?  I suspect that Malchus' name may have been mentioned because the miracle led to his conversion.  (Just a thought.)  Also, over the years, I have tried to picture how Simon so precisely cut off only Malchus' ear.  Now, however, I figure it as a blow that took off a chunk of his head as well, and left a hideous wound, because Peter didn't do things half way, you know. This miracle of grafting and healing must have been an awesome one, and is recounted, therefore, in all four Gospels.

An obvious consideration I overlooked on this subject for some time, however, is the other Simon listed as an apostle, Simon the Canaanite.  You can check out the roll in Matthew 10:2-4, and notice the disciples are coupled off by semicolons, and Simon the Canaanite and Judas Iscariot are the last pair.  Perhaps a father and son ministry like you find today.  However, it is more interesting, I think, to consider the five times in scripture referring to things being “Simon’s” with the possessive apostrophe: Simon’s wife’s mother two times, Simon’s house two times, and Simon’s ship one time.  You can find these in Mark 1:30; Luke 4:38; Luke 5:3, and Acts 10:17.

Therefore the four times that refer to “Simon’s son” may indicate Simon Peter as well, as the term Simon the Canaanite’s son, or anything else, is never mentioned.  It seems the evidence is begging us to believe Judas Iscariot was the son of Simon Peter.  That can give you a bunch to chew on, true or not, and what the cost of following the Lord may cost you.

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