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Where Did The Blood Money Come From?
by Wayne Blank
"Then I said to them, "If it seems right to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them." And they weighed out as my wages thirty shekels of silver. Then The Lord said to me, "Cast it into the treasury" - the lordly price at which I was paid off by them. So I took the thirty shekels of silver and cast them into the treasury in the house of The Lord." (Zechariah 11:12-13 RSV)
The Lord's "Blood Money"
Perhaps the greatest dramatic irony (an irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play) of those who caused Christ's sacrifice was that it was brought about by the High Priest, a man who was not only responsible for the killing of the Passover lamb, but whose very office was actually created as a foreshadow of the ultimate High Priest who would also be the ultimate Lamb of God (see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?).
Another great irony however is that the "blood money" that was used to betray Christ came from the Temple treasury - God's own money was used to betray God's Own Son. And even more ironic, when Judas tried to return the coins, the priests refused to accept them (just like they refused to accept Christ's sacrifice itself, yet another irony) because "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money" (see the Fact Finder question below).
"Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What will you give me if I deliver Him to you?" And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray Him." (Matthew 26:14-16 RSV)
As made obvious in prophecy, the betrayal, and the betrayer, was to happen. The Christ knew it.
"Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Where will You have us prepare for You to eat the Passover?" He said, "Go into the city to a certain one, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.'"
The return of The Lord's blood money, in both applications of that term as it happened, took place as written long before (see the Fact Finder question below).
"When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death; and they bound Him and led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate the governor.
Fact Finder: What did the priests then do with the coins that Judas threw back into the Temple? In doing so, how did the priests fulfill a prophecy of Jeremiah?