6 The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” 7 So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners. 8 That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9 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, 10 and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.” Matthew 27:6-10
It’s obvious that the irony of them not putting coins into the treasury because it was against the law must have eluded these people. To kill an innocent man, though, was justified. How twisted does your logic and morals have to be to live with yourself at night with those morals?
The fact that Zechariah prophesied this in Zechariah 11:12-13 (for interesting commentary on Jeremiah vs. Zechariah, see Got Questions) right down to the number of coins is amazing. The leaders themselves could have even “predicted” what Judas would do next if they knew their Scriptures well, which they probably did.
But they really weren’t interested in the truth. Their hatred of Jesus was demonic – and I don’t say that lightly. Anything they could do to further that cause was worthwhile for them. This is the kind of hatred that can only be explained as demonic because no “logical” explanation would suffice. Jesus did nothing wrong, and yet the demons of hell conspired to take him down.
We’ve seen this kind of demonic activity even in 2020. Two or three issues come to mind for me: love of abortion and opposition to Israel as a nation are both issues that rational people can lay out the facts but “the other side” has visceral hatred toward those who oppose them (pro-life and pro-Israel in this case).
Satan’s been around a long time. He has certain things or people that he loves to get riled up about. And he’ll do it with loving and flowery language, “Don’t you believe in a woman’s right to choose?” or “Why are the Israelis always bombing the harmless and unarmed Palestinians?” Sounds pleasant enough until you ask a few questions and peel back a few layers of the onion.
I read a quote somewhere that Satan’s greatest deceit is to make you think he doesn’t exist.
We live in interesting times, both good and bad. Satan is alive and well, but so is God.
They’re not co-equals where God comes out ahead. God created the former angel Satan. The created being can never ever come close to matching the Creator’s power.
Rejoice that your name’s written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Rejoice also that God is infinitely more powerful than Satan.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul. – Horatio Spafford