The gospel writers love to tell the story of Jesus’s suffering and death, with verses from the Hebrew Scriptures. Like echoes bouncing off the walls of a cave, the story of Jesus’ passion echoes in some ways the history of God’s people in Old Testament days.
Zechariah talks about taking thirty pieces of silver and tossing them to a potter. St. Matthew uses just these words to describe what the religious leaders did with the thirty pieces of silver they paid to Judas so that he would betray Jesus. When Judas threw the silver pieces into the temple and then hanged himself, the leaders took the coins and bought a field where foreigners could be buried. St. John in 19:37 of his gospel was thinking of Zechariah 12:10 with these verses that describe Jesus’ death, “They looked on the one they had pierced.”
Here’s a way to read the Bible… What events in your own life come to mind when you read stories from Scripture that are over two thousand years old? Feel your life connected to God’s Word.
Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.
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