In this week’s installment of Monday Morning Prophecy, we continue our look at the betrayal of Jesus. Last week we looked at the prophecy regarding who would betray Jesus. This week will look at how the price of that betrayal was precisely predicted in the old testament hundreds of years before the birth of Christ.
Writing sometime around 500 B.C., the prophet Zechariah recorded the following:
“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.” [Zecharaiah 11:12]
In this amazing prophecy, we learn that cost paid to the betrayer of the coming Messiah would be thirty pieces of silver.
The New Testament confirms that this was indeed the price paid to Judas for betraying Jesus:
“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]
Like last week’s prophecy, Jesus had no way of knowing or manipulating the amount the chief priests would pay Judas to betray him. Like last week, only an all knowing and omnicient God could accurately make such a prophecy, and we’re only getting started. Next week, we’ll look at what the Old Testament predicts would happen to the money!
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