Thirty Pieces of Silver
Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself. Matthew 27:5
What are you striving after today? What is the pursuit of your heart? What “great” goal or dream are you chasing? Is it fame or fortune? Is it fulfillment in relationships? Maybe you are hungry for a place in the world for rest and peacefulness or maybe your just want to fill your life up with so much activity you don’t have to think about what is really important.
Judas was struggling with discontentment in his life. So much so that he thought his greatest gain would be by turning on his close friend. Certainly, he and Jesus were close friends. We know this because Jesus entrusted him with the funds of His ministry. He had an issue with money and found himself in a tight spot. In the gospel of John, we are told that Judas was a thief and took ministry funds for his own use.
It’s easy to criticize and condemn Judas for his actions, but how many of us are in the same place. Oh, we may not steal money from ministries, but what about stealing time that God has purposed for His ministry? What about resources that we consume on our own desires instead of the purpose God gave them to us for? It’s easy now to look back at Judas’ example and see the blatantness of his sin, but not so easy to take a look in your own heart and expose any dark places that may be hiding there.
Recently, I found something in my own heart, and I am asking the Holy Spirit to empower me to purge it out. It is the sin of complaining. I know that this may seem mild compared to what Judas did but complaining is a poison that if left unchecked can grow a root of bitterness so deep that it produces a whole crop of discontentment and un-thankfulness (aka misery). Above all else, it puts me on the opposing side of God, my loving Father, a place I never want to be.
Today I want to encourage you to examine your own heart and life. Where are you struggling and what are you pursuing? Is it a fulfilling relationship with your heavenly Father and the path of the purpose you were born into this world to accomplish? Or is it the pursuit of survival, just trying to keep your head above water? What ever you discover, turn it over to you Savior today. You will find peace, you will find rest and most of all you will find fulfillment! Ask the Holy Spirit today to reveal those hidden thieves that want to rob you of all joy in life and then draw the strength you need from Him to purge them out!
Today’s scripture Reading: Matthew 27:1-10
1 When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death.
2 And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
3 Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!”
5 Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.
6 But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.”
7 And they consulted together and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.
8 Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.
9 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced,
10 and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”