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Jesus and the Thirty Pieces of Silver
In Defense of the Faith
Thursday, June 13, 2013
J.L. Robb

What would you think if a friend told you four months ahead of time that it was going to rain July 4th and it happened? Would you be impressed?

What if your friend said it would rain at 2:13 P.M. on July 4th, four months ahead of time and it did; would you be impressed?

What if your friend said it would snow in two years on July 4th at 2:13 P.M. and it did; would you be convinced that your friend had a good handle on future weather events?

Nostradamus has a lot of fans, people who believe he is the “greatest prophet of all time.”

From Merriam-Webster:

Prophet 1: one who utters divinely inspired revelations: as (a)  the writer of one of the prophetic books of the Bible  (b) one regarded by a group of followers as the final authoritative revealer of God's will  

In reality, Nostradamus was not a prophet at all, by definition.  He may be a seer, he may be a psychic; but he was no prophet.  Prophets, as defined Biblically, were people chosen directly by God to speak for Him, in the 1st person. The prophets, in telling the Israelites all the bad stuff that was going to happen to them because of their failures to God (Yahweh), always spoke as though it was God talking to the people. Nostradamus’ prophecy accuracy: About 5%; Biblical prophecy accuracy: 100% so far.

Over the years there have been many movies and plays about Jesus the Christ, some just covering the last week of Jesus’ life and others attempting to cover his life as a whole. There are numerous common scenes, like the piercing of Jesus with a spear, because many decades or centuries earlier these events were prophesied.

30 pieces of silverThe 30 pieces of silver story is hardly ever defined in movies as to why that’s important. Why wasn’t it 20 pieces or 100 pieces of silver? What’s the deal with this 30 thing?

It would be nice if the movies and plays could show flashbacks in history to let viewers know why the piercing, the lack of Jesus’ crying out in pain and the 30 silver coins are all most significant to the story.

Zechariah was one of the ancient Hebrew prophets who spoke directly for God. About 500 years before the execution of Jesus by the Roman Guard, Zechariah was telling the people that a Savior, a Messiah, would come sometime in the future. When He came, He would be rejected by the rabbis and a friend of the Messiah would betray him for 30 pieces of silver.

I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.  Zechariah 11:12 NIV (about 500 B.C.)

Zechariah also said that the 30 pieces of silver would be returned by the betrayer (after his betrayal), and the rabbis would use the “blood money” to buy a potter’s field (cemetery for the poor):

And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the Lord.  Zechariah 11:13 NIV

So did that happen? Was this prophecy 100% correct?

That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:

“They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.” Matthew 27:8-10 NIV (500 years after the prophecy)

When I started studying the prophecies, to me they were the “proof is in the pudding” phenomenon.

The prophecies that Jesus fulfilled are mind-boggling. How did the ancient prophets know 500 years ahead of time that Jesus would be betrayed, by a friend, for 30 pieces of silver? How did they know that the silver would then be returned to the rabbis, and the rabbis would buy a potter’s field with the money?

The silver, the betrayal, the potter’s field, the spear in the side, the whipping without crying out, the crown of thorns, the offering of vinegar to quench Jesus’ thirst and the cross were all predicted hundreds to thousands of years prior to the birth of Jesus. There are many more, but I will save those for later.

Another prophecy was that the Messiah would come twice, once as a lamb and once as a lion. He has been here as a lamb, so the odds are good that He will be back. He won’t be a lamb in that day, and He won’t be turning any cheeks. He will be the Man with the Plan, and the bad guys will lose, just like they always do.

Superman the movie is out and filling theaters; but the real Superman, the REAL Superstar is coming back. You won’t want to be here when that happens. That was also predicted. Jesus told his Apostles to pray that they would not have to go through those terrible days to come, sometime in the future.

Nostradamus, Mother Shipton, Jean Dixon and Edgar Cayce were not prophets. They were wannabes.

The prophecies of the Bible have a 1000 batting average so far. Is that impressive?

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