â€œAnd it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.â€ (Acts 1:19)
by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Never was a tract of land more fittingly named than Aceldama, an Aramaic word meaning â€œfield of blood,â€ for it had been purchased with blood money, â€œthe price of bloodâ€ (Matthew 27:6). The purchaser had been Judas (through the â€œexecutorsâ€ of his estate, as it were, following his suicide), but the blood he sold, to acquire the price of the field, he had deemed â€œinnocent blood.â€
The miserable thirty shekels of silver which consummated this transaction was the price of a slave in ancient Israel (Exodus 21:32), butÂ thisÂ slave was none other than God incarnate, so the thirty pieces of silverâ€”the price set by the religious leaders of Israelâ€”was the price for the sale of God.
The prophet Zechariah, more than 500 years before, had acted out a prophecy of these strange events: â€œSo they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver . . . a goodly price that I was prised at of themâ€ (Zechariah 11:12-13). Next, according to both prophecy and fulfillment, this blood money was cast down in the temple and then used to buy the potterâ€™s field (Zechariah 11:13;Â Matthew 27:5, 7-8).
These and many other such details in these accounts constitute a remarkable type and fulfillment of prophecy, and thus a testimony of both divine inspiration and divine foreordination. But, more than that, it is a striking picture of the price of our salvation, for the â€œfield of bloodâ€ typifies that great field is the world (Matthew 13:38) and Christ is the man who, searching for â€œtreasure hid in a field . . . selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that fieldâ€ (Matthew 13:44). All that He hadâ€”the very blood of His lifeâ€”was willingly shed that we, dead in sins and hidden in the world, might be â€œpurchased with his own bloodâ€ (Acts 20:28). HMM