350: Zechariah 11:13a

365 Prophecies: Prophecy 350

The money paid to the betrayer of the Messiah will be used to purchase a potter’s field.

Old Testament Prediction:

Zechariah 11:13a …And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD for the potter.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 27:3-7 Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!” 5 Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself. 6 But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.” 7 And they consulted together and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.


Zechariah’s prophecy is one of the most detailed and stunning predictions of the Messiah that contains seven points for its fulfillment.

1. The betrayer will be paid thirty pieces of silver (Prophecy 349)
2. The betrayer will later regret his decision (Prophecy 351).
3. He will attempt to return the fee he was paid (Prophecy 350).
4. Those who paid him will refuse to accept the returned fee (Prophecy 350).
5. The betrayer will throw the coins into the temple (Prophecy 350).
6. A potter’s field will be purchased using the money that was returned (Prophecy 350).
7. The money paid for the Messiah’s betrayal is called “blood money” (Matthew 27:6).[1]

The account written by Matthew records these stunning details exactly as Zechariah predicted them. When Judas realizes that he has betrayed Jesus and caused His death, he returns to the chief priests to give back the thirty pieces of silver that he was paid.

According to the law, money could not be received into the Temple treasury that resulted from certain events, often referred to as “blood money.” The paying of a fee to Judas to betray Jesus, which causes His death, forbid the chief priests from taking back the money that Judas had been paid.

Deuteronomy 23:18 You shall not bring the wages of a harlot or the price of a dog to the house of the Lord your God for any vowed offering, for both of these are an abomination to the Lord your God.

Although the priests were forbidden from accepting money from the hands of those who had been paid to bring a criminal to justice, a provision in the tradition of the elders allowed certain funds to be received into the temple treasury for the purpose of prepaying the burial expenses of an indigent who had died while in Jerusalem. On many occasions, the Temple treasury was forced to provide a place to bury a foreigner or the poor. According to a provision in Jewish law, the chief priests could take the money that Judas threw into the temple and use it to purchase a parcel of land where the destitute could be laid to rest.

The term “potter’s field,” implies that the section of land which was purchased using this money, was formerly utilized for the extraction of clay that was used in the creation of pottery.

Design in the details

It is interesting that the Pharisees would have no part in receiving money that was paid for Jesus death. We understand today that it was the death of Jesus and His blood that was shed which has paid the price for all of our sins. Since no part of the scriptures exists by happenstance, we are compelled to understand the deeper meaning of these words.

Blood money was the reward paid for bringing a criminal to justice. Since Jesus became a criminal for each one of us, taking all of our sins upon Himself and then dying for those crimes, His blood has paid for us.

The use of the term “blood money,” may be a spiritual idiom from God that illustrates the eternal plan and purpose of the Messiah, even in the smallest details of His betrayal, condemnation, and execution.

• The Messiah was betrayed.
• The money paid for His betrayal is called “blood money.”
• It was the blood of Jesus Christ which cleanses us from our sins.

It is amazing to consider that Zechariah not only described the price of betrayal for the Messiah as thirty pieces of silver, but also that the money would be thrown into the temple and later used to buy a potter’s field.

Notice the use of the term: “they.”

“The princely price they set on me…”

They—being the leaders of Israel. The thirty pieces of silver, as described in Prophecy 349, was intended as an insult towards Jesus. If a person owned a slave during the days of the Old Testament and that slave was killed by the careless acts of another, the amount that was paid as reimbursement to the slave owner, was thirty shekels of silver.

The payment of thirty pieces of silver by the leaders of Israel for Jesus betrayal was tantamount to saying that His life was of such little value in their eyes that He was nothing more than a worthless slave.

The scribes and Pharisees cared nothing for Jesus, His words, or actions; all of which proved that He is the Messiah. These leaders of Israel feared the loss of their positions of authority and great wealth and gave no thought to the plans and purposes of God.

God was seeking to bless the Jews with their long-promised Messiah. When He stood before them, they hated and killed Him. Jesus met every requirement for the Messiah, as evidenced by these 365 Old Testament Prophecies He fulfilled. Jesus accomplished every word and work that the prophets of the Old Testament predicted, in stellar detail. He healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons, and forgave sins—He made it clear that He is God and the only Savior of the world

This 350th prophecy and its stunning detail regarding the betrayal of the Messiah is substantial evidence that Jesus is the object of all the prophecies of the Old Testament.

[1] “Blood Money.” 1911 Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1911 ed.). Encyclopaedia Britannica. pp. 29–volumes. ASIN B0006P7UY

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