THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER
Leslie M. John
“Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value” (Matthew 27:9)
There is prophesy about the betrayal of Jesus Christ in Zachariah Chapter 11:12-13
“And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD” (Zechariah 11:12-13)
God gave the children of Israel certain rules to follow as written in Exodus Chapter 21 in addition to the Ten Commandments that are recorded in Exodus Chapter 20. One such rule was the payment of compensation when an ox hurts. If an ox hurts a man or woman to such an extent that a man or woman bleeds and the man or woman dies the ox shall be surely stoned and the flesh shall not be eaten. The owner of the ox shall be set free. But if the ox pushed any man or woman with its horn any time before and subsequently kills a man or woman not only the ox shall be stoned but the owner of the ox shall also be put to death. There were also capital punishments detailed. But if the ox pushes a manservant or maidservant, the owner of the ox shall give to the master of the manservant thirty shekels of silver and the ox shall be stoned. (Exodus 21:28-32). The children of Israel valued thirty pieces of silver for a manservant or a maidservant (Exodus Chapter 21:32).
Apostle Paul wrote about Jesus that he was in the form of God but made himself of no reputation and came to this earth in the form of man and took the form a servant.
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6-7)
Judas Iscariot demanded thirty pieces of silver as compensation for betraying Jesus who came to this earth in the form of man. This was the price that was paid to Judas Iscariot for betraying Jesus. Our savior was made worth of thirty pieces of silver. That was the price of a manservant or a slave! However, the money that was paid as compensation to betray Jesus was made use of, for the salvation of Gentiles. The betrayal of Jesus was the fulfillment of prophecy mentioned in Zachariah 11:12-13.
Peter described Judas’s betrayal of Jesus and his suicide in Acts Chapter 1:15-20. He said that the scripture was fulfilled. Judas fell headlong and he burst asunder and his bowels gushed out. Peter also had in his mind Psalms 69:26 and Psalms 109:8 when he was describing about Judas Iscariot.
Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus and then realized that he did wrong to Jesus. Judas Iscariot brought the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders and said: “I have sinned in that I have betrayed innocent blood”; but they refused to accept the money back from Judas Iscariot. Judas cast down the thirty piece of silver in the temple and he left and hanged himself. The chief priests took the silver pieces and put that money into the treasury because it was the price of blood. They took counsel and bought with that money the potter’s field to bury in the strangers. The field is called as “The field of blood unto this day. (Matthew 27:3-10)
Jews thought the potter’s field was the fittest place for burying strangers who came to Jerusalem and died. These strangers whom Jews considered as abominable were obviously Gentiles who came to attend feasts in Jerusalem. There was a provision made for the Gentiles in the land of Jews.
This potter’s field is the place where strangers were buried. This field was purchased by the price of thirty pieces of silver as was prophesied. This potter’s field is the burial place of Gentiles. Jesus paid his blood as the price for the salvation of entire mankind. Thirty pieces of silver was the price for buying the potter’s field where strangers were buried. It is the field bought with the blood of the one who was crucified for us. He paid the price for the salvation of not only Jews but also the Gentiles.