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Blood money

Updated: Sep 26, 2023

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | September 25, 2023 | Matthew 27:6-10


The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” Matthew 27:6 (NIV)


In recent years, the phrase "blood money" has taken on several meanings. Consider how you understand this phrase and see if it is similar to the meaning in today's text.

The term "blood money" was used in Jesus's day to describe money paid for a criminal's release following a murder. At that time, murder was a capital crime, so paying money to release a criminal was like buying his life. Consequently, the Chief Priest called it "blood money," because after betraying Jesus and condemning Him to death, collecting back the money that had already been given in order to reveal His identity would be the same as trying to purchase His life.

We find the use of the phrase "blood money" today in many different forms: ritual killings, money rituals, 'sakawa' and many other meanings can be referred to by this phrase. However, for today's devotional, we will allude to the fact that back in ancient times, there was a payment that could be made to buy back the freedom of an offender who was to be punished in any way.

Jesus became the price that was paid for our freedom from the punishment for our sins. The "blood money" that was paid for our crime of sin for which the punishment was death is the blood of the son of God. With His blood, he paid the price for our freedom. He bought us at a price, which He paid with His own blood. This is mentioned abundantly in scripture. (Read 1 Cor 6:20, 1Pt 1:18-19).


We have been pardoned for our sins and wrongdoings because Christ paid the death penalty by His blood. We need to acknowledge this deed of Grace and act of mercy to be able to walk in that freedom.


Dear Lord, thank you for your son. Who died to pay the price for my freedom. Help me to walk in that freedom Christ purchased for me by his blood. For your dear name's sake. Amen.


SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!! _________ DAILY word study: BLOOD MONEY The phrase "blood money" in this passage is translated from the following Greek words:

"αἷμα" (haima): This Greek noun means "blood." In this context, it represents the shedding of innocent blood.

"χρήματα" (chrēmata): This Greek noun means "money" or "coins."

In this verse, the chief priests, who had conspired to have Jesus arrested, tried, and executed, are confronted with the thirty pieces of silver that Judas Iscariot had returned after betraying Jesus. The chief priests acknowledge that this money is tainted by the shedding of innocent blood, referring to their role in Jesus' unjust condemnation and crucifixion.

The phrase "blood money" is a solemn recognition of the grave moral and ethical transgression committed by the religious leaders. It signifies that the silver coins, which they had given to Judas as payment for his betrayal, are now seen as tainted or defiled due to their involvement in the unjust death of Jesus.

The phrase "blood money" carries profound moral and theological significance. It serves as a stark reminder of the terrible consequences of betraying innocence and committing grave injustices. In this context, it highlights the guilt and moral corruption of those who conspired to have Jesus crucified, as well as the tragedy of Judas' involvement in the betrayal.

This passage prompts us to reflect on the consequences of our actions, particularly when they involve harm to others or moral transgressions. It underscores the importance of moral integrity, justice, and the value of human life. May the concept of "blood money" remind you of the importance of ethical conduct and the pursuit of justice, leading you to make choices that promote righteousness and the well-being of others.


How can this passage inspire you to uphold moral integrity and justice in your own actions and decisions? Are there situations in your life where you need to reevaluate your choices and seek reconciliation or redemption?

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