Thirty pieces of silver

I’ve just read a helpful little devotional thought written by Andrew Waugh, a pastor of Wycliffe Baptist Church in Reading. It’s not available online for me to link to, so I thought I’d take the liberty of writing the gist of it here as I found it so useful.

In Exodus 21:32 we see the compensation which must be paid to a slave owner if their slave is gored to death by an ox. It’s 30 pieces of silver. 1300 years later Jesus is betrayed by Judas Iscariot for the same price. The value given to Jesus, the Creator and Maintainer of the entire universe, is the same as the compensation paid for a slave killed in an agricultural accident.

Philippians 2:7 says Jesus “made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant”. Jesus took on the demeaningly low price of a slave as well as the service of one, because of His love for you and me.



  1. this reminds me of michael ramsden last year when was talking about jesus selling himself for seemingly so little – gods getting out if this trade of his sons own life the confirmation of getting us into his kingdom and in his presence. its as if the father has transferred not just the righteousness that jesus has but also what value he has, onto us, or maybe the value lies in the righteousness itself. call it an unfair trade, but i will gladly receive the consequences of it!


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