IHAQ wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:17 am
I don’t recall Jesus Christ organising a secret hedge fund.
It appears that one of his disciples took this sensible precaution. But maybe Bednar would not like the example in question to be recalled?
John 12 (KJV and Greek):
4Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,
4Λέγει δὲ Ἰούδας ὁ Ἰσκαριώτης εἷς [ἐκ] τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ ὁ μέλλων αὐτὸν παραδιδόναι
5Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
5Διὰ τί τοῦτο τὸ μύρον οὐκ ἐπράθη τριακοσίων δηναρίων καὶ ἐδόθη πτωχοῖς
6This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
6εἶπεν δὲ τοῦτο οὐχ ὅτι περὶ τῶν πτωχῶν ἔμελεν αὐτῷ ἀλλ’ ὅτι κλέπτης ἦν καὶ τὸ γλωσσόκομον ἔχων τὰ βαλλόμενα ἐβάσταζεν
The King James version does not get the last three words right. In fact, modern translations take it to mean "he used to pilfer what was put into [the bag]". The verb is the same as that used in John 20:15, where it is used by Mary Magdalene when she asks the man she thinks is the gardener (really Jesus) "if he has carried off" the body missing from the tomb on Easter morning. This usage seems to have become current in NT times.
We are not told exactly how Judas invested the funds he accumulated this way. No doubt, if asked, he would have said it was for "a rainy day", or something similar.