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  • Stephen D Blum Jr

30 Pieces of silver?



God speaks through the prophet Zechariah about 520 B.C. We can see in verse 4 that God himself (יְהֹוָה = JEHOVA) is speaking..


"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 KJV)


Can you imagine the endless speculation that scribes and Rabbis engaged in for 500 years? "What in the world does this passage mean? Someone is going to value God at 30 pieces of silver?? And what's this 'cast it to the potter' business? "

Rabbinical interpretations span from the very astute and coherent to the fanciful and downright absurd just as their Christian counterparts, and the old adage "hindsight is 20-20" is a perfect fit when it comes to prophecy. Most Rabbis shrugged their shoulders for centuries, knowing it would be revealed in due time.

Until we got to Jesus..

Jesus enraged most of the religious leadership in Jerusalem by confronting their hypocrisy and unbiblical traditions, and ultimately they found a traitor within Jesus' own ranks to get him into their hands:


"Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,

And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him" (Matthew 26:14-16 KJV)


Well okay, here's a mention of "30 pieces of silver", significant I admit, but no star. A short time later in the story Judas changes his mind:


"Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.

And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in" (Matthew 27:3-7 KJV)


See the connection? Bible-believers have to put up with this sort of thing routinely. Jordan Peterson cleverly likened biblical prophecies to hyperlinks, digital coded references connecting events across time and space. No thinking person can accuse Christians of being illogical. When we see a certain event described before it takes place in time and space we rightly assume that something beyond the normal laws of space and time are taking place, and that only God could see through time.

But there's more..

Who did we say was speaking in Zechariah 11:4? Jehovah, YHWH.

And what did they decide Jehovah was worth?


"So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver." (verse 12)


And how much did they pay Judas for Jesus?


"they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver" (Matthew 26:15 KJV)


And where did that money end up going to?


So I took the thirty pieces of silver—the magnificent sum they thought I was worth—and put them in the Temple treasury.” (Zechariah 11:13 GNB)


And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.

And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in" (Matthew 27:3-7 KJV)


Can you see it? Jesus is JEHOVA in human form, valued at 30 pieces of silver that ends up being cast into the treasury and being used to buy a cemetery. And this is just one of many prophecies that bring thinking people to believe that Jesus was and is the promised Messiah of Israel and the World..

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