Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, an act inspired by Satan himself (John 13:27).
John notes that when Judas departed from Jesus, it was night, which fits the motif of evil throughout the Bible (John 13:30; 1 John 1:5; Colossians 1:13).
The remarkable mind of God works throughout history to accomplish his plan without violating anyone’s freewill. The logistics of such an idea is beyond our imaginations.
Despite the freewill of Judas and the Jewish leaders, they perfectly followed the plan foreseen by God before time.
In Zechariah 11, God’s judgment is coming upon his people and their sorry shepherds.
The prophet said that they “weighed out for me my wages thirty pieces of silver” (Zechariah 11:12, NKJV). The Lord replied that the silver would be thrown into the house of the Lord and given to the potter (Zechariah 11:13).
Earlier God had used the same sum in the Law of Moses showing the vision and foresight of God. There it appeared in a discussion of an ox that killed a man or a woman (Exodus 21:28).
The intent of the owner of the ox played a part. If the oxen had been known to be violent, then the owner must pay a redemption price on his life for killing a male or female servant (Exodus 21:32).
Burton Coffman notes in his commentary, “This is the only case where a money compensation, instead of capital punishment, was expressly allowed in the Mosaic Law.”
The redemption price? Thirty pieces of silver.
The plan of God worked smoothly and the precious Lord was betrayed and crucified for the sins of the world (Romans 5:6-8).
Exactly as prophesied, Judas received 30 pieces of silver. Remorseful, Judas returned the money to the defiant shepherds of Israel and the money was thrown down in the house of the Lord and used to buy a potter’s field (Matthew 27:1-10).
The Bible is very rewarding to study because of God’s extraordinary wisdom and vision. His greatness is evident on every page.