“What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?”
And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.
Thirty pieces of silver—the amount Judas was paid to betray Jesus—was also the amount an ox owner in the Old Testament (Exodus 21:32) was required to pay if his ox killed the servant of another.
In other words, the 30 pieces were compensation for a loss of property.
I’m not sure if it’s intentional or a coincidence, but Judas was paid as an owner who lost property.
In this case, following that parallel, Jesus was the property.
We give Judas a hard time, betraying Jesus and all.
And, I should add, rightly so.
But how many of us treat Jesus just the same, like an asset or a tool to use? Prayers, logged like divine work orders.
Perhaps Judas wasn’t that far away from where many of us are today.