2020-02-26 to 28 Pictures: Charleston, South Carolina

One of the few upsides of having to cancel our Spring Break trip last March at the onset of the pandemic is that we are "stuck" with a rather large voucher from one of those discount airlines. Last autumn, Tricia and I spent a weekend in Savannah, Georgia and had a...

A John 3:16 Craft for Kids

John 3:16 is one of the most well known and reassuring verses in the Bible. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 (NIV) The following is a little craft I threw...

2020-03-01 Pictures: Lyndsey’s College Signing Day

This afternoon Lyndsey made it official, signing her letter of intent to play college basketball for the Hiram College Terriers starting next year. While she made the decision and committed to Hiram before Christmas, she has been looking forward to this day since her...

2020-02-13 Pictures: Lyndsey’s 18th Birthday

I am little behind on posting photos. These are some of my favorites from a couple of weekends ago when we got a chance to celebrate Lyndsey's 18th birthday. It's hard to believe that my little girl is officially an adult. It was nice to have the family all back...


Introduction I love working with kids, and I love teaching them hard concepts in ways they can understand. To that end, for years I have been working on a dictionary of theological terms for kids and teens. In sharing those definitions, there seemed no better place to...

If You Want It Done Right

In all likelihood, you know how the phrase ends: If you want it done right, DO IT YOURSELF! This is a bit of a mantra for me, and frankly, something that I struggle with daily both in leadership and in my Christian walk.  In theory, this is easy to accept. ...

What Does God Hate?

This is the little and humble post that started it all. I happened to be reading through my Bible, and this passage impacted me so much that I posted a little blurb about it on Facebook. That was July 28, 2008, and I've been writing and sharing ever since. (Maybe...

Monday Morning Prophecy #3 – The use of the betrayal money

cross-pictureIn this week’s installment of Monday Morning Prophecy, we continue our look at the betrayal of Jesus. Last week we looked at the price paid to Judas Iscariot to betray the Lord.  This week, we look at what ultimately happened to that money.

You will recall that last week we said that Zechariah, writing sometime around 500 B.C., prophecied that Judas would be given 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus.  In the very next verse, he predicts what would happen to the money:

“And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”-the handsome price at which they priced me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD to the potter.” [Zechariah 11:13]

Zechariah is clear.  The money would be thrown into the temple to the potter.  So, let’s see what the New Testament says actually happened:

The New Testament tells us that Judas did indeed throw the money into the temple and that the chief priests used the money to buy the potter’s field:

“3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. 4 I have sinned, he said, for I have betrayed innocent blood.

What is that to us? they replied. That’s your responsibility.

5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

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.” [Matthew 27:3-8]

The detail of Old Testament prophecy, down to the very smallest bit of information, is absolutely astounding.  God knew before the foundation of the world was laid that Judas would have remorse and throw the money into the temple.  He also knew what the priests would do with that money.   And, he was gracious enough to put it all in the Old Testament hundreds of years prior to the birth of Christ as a testament to the truth of the Bible and the Lordship of Christ.  Next week, we’ll see if the Old Testament predicts anything about the fate of Judas!

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