Friday, 6 April 2012

The price of a slave

Then I said to them, “If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain.” So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.
And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord for the potter.
Zechariah 11:12-13

This is the prophecy of the blood money paid to Judas for the betrayal of Christ.  Judas later threw the money back into the Temple and the money was used by the Pharisees to buy the potter's field.

Zechariah at this point has, under God's command, taken a job as a shepherd.  The payment of thirty pieces of silver was an insult.  This is the the price set on the head of a slave who had been gored by an ox (Exodus 21:32).

That was all that the Pharisees, and Judas, believed Jesus was worth - the Son of God for the price of a slave.

I didn't know this until this morning.  It broke my heart.

There was no end to the suffering and rejection of Jesus.


  1. Well amen, that was very good, thank you and may God bless you.

  2. Not just any slave - a worthless slave...

  3. Just not any slave, a worthless slave.

    1. So heartbreaking that Jesus was considered so worthless, when He is the One Who is most worthy!