Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 16, 2018

“Then the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them.”

Today’s devotion comes from Zechariah chapter 11.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“I said to them, “If it is good in your sight, give me my wages;  but if not, never mind!”  So they weighed out thirty shekels of silver as my wages.  Then the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them.”  So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD.”  Zechariah 11:12-13.


There is both prophecy and sarcasm in today’s Scripture which primarily points to the thirty shekels price for Jesus (agreed between Judas and the chief priests and elders that Judas would betray Jesus for thirty shekels of silver).

“Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.”  But they said, “What is that to us?  See to that yourself!”  And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed;  and he went away and hanged himself.  The chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the temple treasury, since it is the price of blood.”  And they conferred together and with the money bought the Potter’s Field as a burial place for strangers.  For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.  Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:  “AND THEY TOOK THE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER, THE PRICE OF THE ONE WHOSE PRICE HAD BEEN SET BY THE SONS OF ISRAEL;  AND THEY GAVE THEM FOR THE POTTER’S FIELD, AS THE LORD DIRECTED ME.”  Matthew 27:3-9.

Thus, we see that the sons of Israel placed little value on the life of Jesus.

We may all rush in condemnation of the sons of Israel without realizing that we too may place too little value on the life of Jesus.

Some may think of Jesus as only one who was a good example and taught good lessons by which we should live.

But even those who think of Jesus as a Savior may think that the blood of Jesus is only effective to save those who first do good works or choose Him, rather than recognizing the full value of Jesus’ blood as fully effectual to save all those elect of God the Father for whom it was shed.  There is warning in Scripture:  “How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?”  Hebrews 10:29.  It is not that those people are being hateful to the blood of Jesus, but in a sense they are putting too little value on it and trampling it by treating the blood as ineffective to save by itself, like the description in Matthew 5: 13:  “…if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again?  It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.”

Thus, other doctrine does place too little value on the life of Jesus.

But, here is what Reformed Doctrine states:

Article 8.  For this was the sovereign counsel, and most gracious will and purpose of God the Father, that the quickening and saving efficacy of the most precious death of his Son should extend to all the elect, for bestowing upon them alone the gift of justifying faith, thereby to bring them infallibly to salvation:  that is, it was the will of God, that Christ by the blood of the cross, whereby he confirmed the new covenant, should effectually redeem out of every people, tribe, nation, and language, all those, and those only, who were from eternity chosen to salvation, and given to him by the Father;  that he should confer upon them faith, which together with all the other saving gifts of the Holy Spirit, he purchased for them by his death;  should purge them from all sin, both original and actual, whether committed before or after believing;  and having faithfully preserved them even to the end, should at last bring them free from every spot and blemish to the enjoyment of glory in his own presence forever.  SECOND HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby of Canons of Dordt.

“in whom (Christ) are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  …

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;  …  When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us;  and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”  Colossians 2:3 and 9-10 and 13-14.


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