Jesus was only worth thirty pieces of silver?

Zechariah Bible Background

12.29.2016 – Old Testament: Zec 11.12–13

To read the Bible in a year, read Zechariah 10–12 on December 29, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Hundreds of years before it happened, Zechariah the prophet spoke of the dastardly deed of Judas, who willingly received a meager 30 pieces of silver for betraying the Son of God,

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). 

Matthew 27.3–10 shows the sad fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy. Think of it, to the Jews who gave Judas the 30 pieces of silver, Jesus was only worth those few coins. More than that, think of Judas who watched the mighty works of Jesus and heard the wise words of Jesus for three and a half years, he only thought all of that was worth 30 pieces of silver.


  • What is Jesus worth to you?
  • What do you mean to Him?

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