Tuesday, September 28, 2021
6-10 The high priests picked up the silver pieces but didn’t know what to do with them. “It wouldn’t be right to give this—a payment for murder!—as an offering in the Temple.” So they decided to get rid of it by buying the “Potter’s Field” and using it as a burial place for the homeless. That’s how the field got called “Murder Meadow,” a name that has stuck to this day. Then Jeremiah’s words became history:
They took the thirty silver pieces,
The price of the one priced by some sons of Israel,
And they purchased the potter’s field.
And so they unwittingly followed the divine instructions to the letter.
-Matthew 27:6-10 The Message
Verse 6: The chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, “It is not lawful to put them in the temple treasury, since it is money paid for blood.”
Verse 6 study: The chief priests’ guilt in accepting the money back because it was wrong for Judas to return blood money; the payment for murder; although, they never took it. But no remorse when they gave the money to Judas to betray an innocent man. The hatred they had for Jesus caused them to lose all sense of justice.
Verse 7: They conferred together and bought the Potter’s Field as a burial place for strangers with the money.
Verse 8: For this reason, that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.
Verse 9: Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the One whose price had been set by the sons of Israel;
Verse 10: and they gave them for the Potter’s Field, just as the Lord directed me.”
Verses 9-10 studies: The prophecy is found in Zechariah 11:12-13, 17:2-3, 10:1-4, 19:1-11 or 32:6-15. In the Old Testament times, Jeremiah was the collector of some of the prophets’ writings, so it can be that his name is cited than Zechariah.
These verses are senseless, Father. The corrupt government we see today is what we are reading about now. Let us see this as two things. One, bad. And two, a lesson. The lesson is that we shouldn’t let corrupted people influence our common sense. In Jesus’ name. Amen!