Who bought the potter’s field?
While reading the book of Matthew, at the beginning of chapter 27 I found an interesting question to pose. Upon research of the topic I found there is a lot more controversy over the question than I ever realized. The question simply being, “who bought the potter’s field?” The story found in Matthew of the potter’s field is that Judas after realizing what he had done in betraying Jesus felt horrible and wanted to take back what he had done. He brought back the thirty pieces of silver that he had been bribed with to rat out the location of Jesus. After the chief priests and elders received the silver back, they were unsure what to do with the silver, knowing they could not put the silver into the church treasury. After counseling about the topic they decided to buy the potter’s field, for a burial place for strangers. This question seems simple and to the point, but, in Acts chapter 1 verse 18 Paul writes, “ Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out.” Paul was referring to Judas who betrayed Jesus; this statement by Paul has ignited controversy of who really bought potter’s field. Researching the topic became interesting simply because of all the controversy that this simple statement has made, but I believe the answer to the question is clear. After giving the silver back to the chief priests and elders, Judas then hung himself. We all know that it is impossible for a dead man to sign a property deed, but according to Paul, Judas gets the credit for the purchase of the potter’s field. The reason he was said to have purchased the potter’s field is because in actuality he did, not personally of course but with his money he had accepted from the Jews. The chief priests and elders had no clue what to do with the money at first, but ultimately decided to purchase to potter’s field, (the reason they chose to do that is unsure.) in this case the chief priests and elders were simply the “middle man”, they pretended as if the money still belonged to Judas and used the money to purchase the potter’s field. So, since the money technically still belonged to Judas, he is the one to get the credit.
The Literary Study Bible. General Editors: Leland Ryken & Philip Graham Ryken. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Bibles.2007