Wednesday, April 20, 2022
6-10 The high priests picked up the silver pieces but then 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.” They decided to get rid of it by buying the “Potter’s Field” and use 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: But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.”
Verse 6 study: The chief priest didn’t feel any guilt in giving Judas money to betray an innocent man. But when Judas retrieved the money, the priests couldn’t accept it because it is blood money payment for murder. The hatred for Jesus had caused them to lose all sense of justice.
Verse 7: So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers.
Verse 8: Therefore, that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.
Verse 9: Then was fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him on whom a price had been set by some of the sons of Israel,
Verse 10: and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”
Verses 9-10 studies: The prophecy was found in Zechariah 11:12-13 but could have been taken from Jeremiah 17:2-3, 18:1-4; 19:1-11 or 32:6-15. In the Old Testament times, Jeremiah considered collecting some of the prophets’ writings, so perhaps his name is cited rather than Zechariah.