Jesus sold for the price of a slave.
“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. 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 11:12, 13, NIV. The prophet Zechariah, almost 550 years before the Gethsemane, foretold the way people will treat the Savior of the world. The “thirty pieces of silver” was the price of a slave — Exodus 21:32. The thirty pieces of silver were the lowest price one would pay for the life of a slave. This price for human life was considered an insult. Accordingly, the prophet Zechariah employs irony in saying, “the handsome price at which they priced me.” So, the prophet Zechariah, who was a priest, threw the thirty pieces of silver (shekels) to the potter. When was this fulfilled?
“The 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.” Mathew 26:14, 15, NIV. The action by Judas followed the disciples’ displeasure when a woman anointed Jesus with a jar of costly perfume, and Jesus did not object to it. The apostles thought it was a waste. Mathew 26:7 – 9. Jesus, contrary to the apostles’ displeasure, approved of what the woman did, and He stated, “What she did was a beautiful thing to him.” Mathew 26:10. Even the apostles thought this was a high price to pay for the occasion. Jesus was eating His last Passover meal when this incident occurred. Jesus, after the Passover meal, went to the Gethsemane. There He prayed in agony, knowing He will suffer the separation from the Father because of the sin of the world. When He finished praying, Jesus was arrested and condemned to be crucified, under the requirement by the temple law.
“When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jews condemned Jesus to death, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders… So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hung himself.” Mathew 27:3 – 5, NIV. What did the priests do with the thirty silver coins? It was against the temple law to keep it there. “So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners.” Mathew 27:6, NIV. Thus, what the prophet foretold approximately 550 years earlier was fulfilled.