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THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER
In biblical days, even before Jesus was born, the price of a slave was thirty pieces of silver, and that was exactly what Judas received for betraying Jesus. That was the price he and the Pharisees put on Jesus’ life. How much is your life worth?
EXODUS 21:32
“If the ox gores a manservant or a maidservant (they would be slaves), he (the owner of the ox) shall give to their master (the owner of the slaves) thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned (would be killed by stoning).”
This time was about 1445 years before Jesus Christ was born. The price of a slave was thirty pieces of silver then and during Jesus’ lifetime.
ZECHARIAH 11:7-13
“So I (the prophet Zechariah) shepherded the flock (It is referring to the Jewish people) marked for slaughter, particularly the oppressed of the flock. Then I took two staffs and called one Favor and the other Union, and I shepherded the flock. In one month I got rid of the three shepherds. The flock (the people) detested me, and I grew weary of them and said, “I will not be your shepherd (He would not be the leader of the Israelites). Let the dying die, and the perishing perish. Let those who are left eat one another’s flesh.” Then I took my staff called Favor and broke it, revoking the covenant I had made with all the nations. It was revoked on that day, and so the oppressed of the flock who were watching me knew it was the word of the LORD. 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 valued me! (That is what they figured the life of Zechariah was worth). So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the LORD.”
in those days the price of a slave was thirty shekels or thirty pieces of silver. Can we really put a price on a human life?
MATTHEW 26:14-16
“Then one of the twelve (Jesus’ disciples), called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests (the religious leaders) and said: ‘What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him (Jesus) to you?’ And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he (Judas) sought an opportunity to betray Him (Jesus).”
Jesus was only worth thirty pieces of silver to Judas and to the religious leaders. How much is He worth to you?
MATTHEW 27:3-5
“ When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.”
Judas had remorse, but he never repented. If he had repented, Jesus more than likely would have forgiven him. No one knows for sure, but there is a high probability that he may be suffering in hell. God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7). Do not gamble with your eternity. You can make sure that you will be going to heaven and not to hell.

MATTHEW 6:19-21
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Do not be fooled by the devil, the world or even by your own mind. Your soul is priceless. God considers it a treasure. No amount of money, power or fame can buy it or be a substitute for it.
The treasures that God is referring to are our souls. Yes, you can be a treasure to Him if you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9, Luke 12:8, John 3:16, John 14:6, John 3:3).
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LET THE DEAD BURY THE DEAD
People who do not want anything to do with God are dead to Him. Those are the people who will never repent and just plainly refuse to believe in God. They are not dead physically, they are dead spiritually. God does not want to have anything to do with them because He knows their heart.
JOHN 5:36-40
“But I (Jesus) have a greater witness than John’s (John the Baptist); for the works which the Father has given Me to finish – the very works that I do – bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent (Jesus Christ), Him you do not believe.”
Jesus was talking to the Jewish leaders. They were trying to kill Him because He was healing people, saying He had come from God, and people were beginning to follow Him. In essence, He was a threat to their leadership.
2 CORINTHIANS 6:14
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”
This refers to people who will never repent, will never receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and who do their best to discredit God’s existence and to insult Christians. It does not refer to people who will repent and who will accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
MATTHEW 23:25-30
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’”
Jesus was talking to the religious leaders. They did not accept Him as the Messiah, and He did not accept them for salvation. They were as good as dead to Him.
JOHN 8:44-47
“ You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”
Jesus told this to a group of Jews who did not believe in Him or in His word. Those people were dead to God.

MATTHEW 8:21-22
“Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
What Jesus meant was for the ones who had no salvation – spiritually dead – to bury the ones who were physically dead.
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are dead to God, which means you are totally separated from Him. Do not despair because God in His infinite love for us made a way for us to be forgiven of our sins. That way, of course, is Jesus Christ. In John 14:6, Jesus Himself tells us: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
If you want to make sure that you are not dead to God, go to this page to the article entitled, “You Cannot Have Faith Without Knowing God.” At the end you will find what we call, “The Sinner’s Prayer.” Pray it to God, and He will receive you as His child.
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