The Potter's Field

By Jerry Ousley

Do you remember those art classes in school when you had to make something of clay? I remember making an ash tray for my Dad once (he smoked then but hasn't for many years now). It was a lot of fun molding and rubbing that clay to get it into just the right shape. But I'm no artist. When that thing was finished it looked like a lumpy little dish. It wasn't geometrically correct. One side was higher than the other and I wouldn't have wanted to use it to make a perfect circle, that's for sure!

Matthew 27:5-10 tells us the story of Judas after his betrayal of Jesus. He was full of deep remorse and regret. Somehow, in his mind, he felt that they would put Jesus in jail at best. I'm not denying that he was "The son of perdition," the Bible tells us this. But he was still a man. After he realized that they were going to kill Jesus he returned to the Jewish leaders and tried to return the thirty pieces of silver he received for "selling Jesus out." Of course, they had Jesus where they wanted Him and there was no way they were going to back out of this deal.

The Bible tells us that Judas cast the money down, then promptly went out and hung himself. This was a negative reaction to his sorrow; instead of repenting, he ended his life in sin.

The point I really want to make, however, is this: The priests took the thirty pieces of silver and bought the potter's field with it designating it as a place to bury the poor. It was called "The field of blood." It is really interesting that hundreds of years before Zechariah had prophesied this very thing to happen. Hear the words of Zechariah 11:12-13: "Then I said to them, 'If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain.' So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said to me, 'Throw it to the potter-'that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw into the house of the LORD for the potter." WOW! Talk about prophecy being fulfilled!

The cool point about this is that in Jeremiah 18 the potter is compared to God, molding and remaking vessels of clay. We are compared to those vessels. Jesus paid the terrible price for sin so that we could be thrown to the potter and there be remade into something beautiful for God. Regardless of how wealthy we are or how poor we are as far as this world is concerned, we are all poor when compared to God. Our poor souls can never measure up to His holy and righteous standards. We are all in a hopeless situation without the shed blood of Jesus Christ. I'm sorry He had to die for our sin. But I'm glad He loved us so much that He allowed Himself to be sold for thirty pieces of silver and paid the price for our sin on the cross. I'm glad He is the Master Potter and we can be thrown to Him and become new creations in Christ.

All it takes is for us to yield ourselves to Him. Allow Him to have His way in our lives and live by His word. When we do it will simply amaze you as to what God will and can do for your life. Submit to the Potter today!

Jerry D. Ousley is the Author of three books, "Soul Challenge", "Soul Journey" and "Ordeal." Listen to our daily broadcast Spirit Bread. Find out more by visiting or email us at

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