Bible Commentary: “Thirty Silver Coins” The Days Of Lent

March 23, 2015 at 1:50 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“Then one of the Twelve–the one called Judas Iscariot–went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins”.  (Matthew 26:14-15 NIV)

In Genesis 37 we find the events of Joseph with his brothers as he came to them as they were tending their father’s sheep and they plotted to kill him. While they were plotting some merchants came by and they opted to sell him instead. “Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed. So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt” (Genesis 37:27-28 NIV). “After all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood” what a statement and on account of that statement the brothers decide not to kill him but to sell him instead. Benjamin is not one of the brothers there as he is still home with Jacob, their father, so there were only ten of them; they made twenty shekels for Joseph so each brother pocketed 2 shekels. What a profit and Jacob, their father tore his clothes in grief because they told him Joseph was dead.

What is the value of human life? There was a news report the other night about a husband and wife, who already had three children and were expecting a fourth, were in discussions on selling their unborn child for $25,000 to pay off some outstanding debt that was burdensome. It is so easy to get into debt. We purchase necessary and unnecessary stuff all the time and sometimes we spend more than we should and we end up in debt. In debt, though, you can always pay it off. Somehow, a creative, industrious person can always get out of debt with God’s help. What do you do, though, when you have sold one of your children to pay off the debt?  When you have the money can you purchase back your child? And if you get back into debt again do you sell another child? The prophet Joel tells us, “They cast lots for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine that they might drink” (Joel 3:3 NIV).

What is the value of human life? When did we receive the right to buy and sell each other? How do we decide how much another person is worth?  Do we decide by the pound, by height; are males worth more than females or the reverse?  Judas went to the chief priests and asked what will you give me if I betray the man I have followed for over three years? So they gave him thirty silver coins. Judas was greedy and a thief so this was a great bargain for him. So Judas betrayed Jesus in the garden with a kiss and then watched as the chief priests condemned Him and sent Him to Pilate to be crucified. In horror, he tried to give the money back, to stop them from killing Jesus but they only laughed at him. “When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”  “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself” (Matthew 27:3-5 NIV).

Child of God – What is the value of human life? Another life! Judas saw that to pay for a life it required a life but Judas made a mistake; he gave his own life as payment and it didn’t work. We cannot give our lives for another as payment for their lives. God is the only one who can provide a life that will pay for our lives. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV). The value of your life is the life of Jesus. Jesus lay down His life that we might have life in Him.

Our prayer:
Lord, thank you that you exchanged your life for mine. I had to die for my sins and you did it for me, yet you never sinned. I know I will never repay you, it is impossible. But the least I can do is to live for you.  You own my life already. You bought it by a price, the biggest one, your own life. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time or if you have any questions please contact us. We would love to hear from you.

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