The life of Jesus was valued at thirty pieces of silver. Judas had betrayed Jesus to the Chief priests and elders of the people for just that small amount. Judas regretted his decision and gave them back their money, but they felt that the “money” was unfit to be put back into the temple treasury.
So, they bought a field with the thirty pieces of silver. It became known as the “field of blood”, but it was actually the “potter’s field!” Here’s a couple of interesting things: One, the prophet said this would happen, “Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced, 10and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.” Secondly, when clay pots became damaged in the production process, like becoming cracked or broken, they were tossed as rubbish into the “potter’s field.” So, Jesus was sold (sold out) to purchase a field of broken vessels.
Vessels deemed by society as useless and unfit, only to be cast-away. I know people like that! Life has been rough on them and they find themselves broken, tossed-away and no longer fit for service. Because Jesus is the potter and we are the clay He calls out to the hurting and broken and says to them, “Come to me and find rest for your souls!” “I paid for you!”