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Week 6 Day 2 Genesis 28 Matthew 27

26 February, 2015

Genesis 28

28 So Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and commanded him, You shall not marry one of the women of Canaan.

Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father, and take from there as a wife one of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother.

May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you until you become a group of peoples.

May He give the blessing [He gave to] Abraham to you and your descendants with you, that you may inherit the land He gave to Abraham, in which you are a sojourner. Again, the marrying between cousins

Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him to Padan-aram to take him a wife from there, and that as he blessed him, he gave him a charge, saying, You shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;

And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother and had gone to Padan-aram.

Also Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan did not please Isaac his father.

So Esau went to Ishmael and took to be his wife, [in addition] to the wives he [already] had, Mahalath daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebaioth. In doing so he further rejected God’s promises to his family causing further divide through the nations.

11 And he came to a certain place and stayed there overnight, because the sun was set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down there to sleep.

12 And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!

13 And behold, the Lord stood over and beside him and said, I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father [forefather] and the God of Isaac; I will give to you and to your descendants the land on which you are lying.

14 And your offspring shall be as [countless as] the dust or sand of the ground, and you shall spread abroad to the west and the east and the north and the south; and by you and your Offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed and bless themselves.

15 And behold, I am with you and will keep (watch over you with care, take notice of) you wherever you may go, and I will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done all of which I have told you. Jacob’s ladder dream – very visual but also significant in what God promised to Jacob.

16 And Jacob awoke from his sleep and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.

17 He was afraid and said, How to be feared and reverenced is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and [a]this is the gateway to heaven!

18 And Jacob rose early in the morning and took the stone he had put under his head, and he set it up for a pillar (a monument to the vision in his dream), and he poured oil on its top [in dedication]. Setting aside the location

19 And he named that place Bethel [the house of God]; but the name of that city was Luz at first.

20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go and will give me food to eat and clothing to wear,

21 So that I may come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God;

22 And this stone which I have set up as a pillar (monument) shall be God’s house [a sacred place to me], and of all [the increase of possessions] that You give me I will give the tenth to You. And here we have the first tithe – from a grateful heart – how all of our giving should be in everything – generous

Matthew 27

When Judas, His betrayer, saw that [Jesus] was condemned, [Judas was [a]afflicted in mind and troubled for his former folly; and] with remorse [with little more than a selfish dread of the consequences] he brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders,

Saying, I have sinned in betraying innocent blood. They replied, What is that to us? See to that yourself.

And casting the pieces of silver [forward] into the [Holy Place of the [b]sanctuary of the] temple, he departed; and he went off and hanged himself. If Judas had been thinking clearly he would have seen the intentions behind the Pharisee and leader’s need for Jesus’ blood but here is where I maybe think differently about his role.  

Sure God knew that Judas would betray Him.  God also knew that Judas would realise his actions and would suicide. Does that mean that the full actions were not fully in the hands of Satan but it was the will of God that Jesus be given up – maybe the inevitable was rushed, but God knew all this.  Was Judas damned?  Not my call thankfully

But the chief priests, picking up the pieces of silver, said, It is not legal to put these in the [consecrated] treasury, for it is the price of blood.

So after consultation they bought with them [the pieces of silver] the potter’s field [as a place] in which to bury strangers.

Therefore that piece of ground has been called the Field of Blood to the present day. The chief priests knew then what they were doing was wrong.

11 Now Jesus stood before the governor [Pilate], and the governor asked Him, Are you the King of the Jews? Jesus said to him, You have stated [the fact].

12 But when the charges were made against Him by the chief priests and elders, He made no answer.

13 Then Pilate said to Him, Do You not hear how many and how serious are the things they are testifying against You?

14 But He made no reply to him, not even to a single accusation, so that the governor marveled greatly.  Surely an innocent man would argue against false allegations.  If they were true – and they were wild – that would mean that Jesus was a man to be revered.

15 Now at the Feast [of the Passover] the governor was in the habit of setting free for the people any one prisoner whom they chose.

16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner whose name was Barabbas.

17 So when they had assembled for this purpose, Pilate said to them, Whom do you want me to set free for you, Barabbas, or Jesus Who is called Christ?

18 For he knew that it was because of envy that they had handed Him over to him.  Pilate is a smart man seeing the chief priests for who they really were – jealous

19 Also, while he was seated on the judgment bench, his wife sent him a message, saying, Have nothing to do with that just and upright Man, for I have had a painful experience today in a dream because of Him. Even Pilate’s wife knew more

20 But the chief priests and the elders prevailed on the people to ask for Barabbas, and put Jesus to death.

21 Again the governor said to them, Which of the two do you wish me to release for you? And they said, Barabbas!

22 Pilate said to them, Then what shall I do with Jesus Who is called Christ?

23 They all replied, Let Him be crucified! And he said, Why? What has He done that is evil? But they shouted all the louder, Let Him be crucified! Bullying and bowing to public pressure

24 So when Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but rather that a riot was about to break out, he took water and washed his hands in the presence of the crowd, saying, I am not guilty of nor responsible for this [c]righteous Man’s blood; see to it yourselves.

25 And all the people answered, Let His blood be on us and on our children! And it was

27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the palace, and they gathered the whole battalion about Him. I’ve had to do some research on the numbers and a battalion looks like there should have been 300-1000 men surrounding Jesus.  Mob mentality and spiteful cruelty would have been paramount now.  This would be as hostile and masculine territory ever found.

28 And they stripped off His clothes and put a scarlet robe ([d]garment of dignity and office worn by Roman officers of rank) upon Him,

29 And, weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on His head and put a reed (staff) in His right hand. And kneeling before Him, they made sport of Him, saying, Hail (greetings, good health to You, long life to You), King of the Jews!

30 And they spat on Him, and took the reed (staff) and struck Him on the head.

31 And when they finished making sport of Him, they stripped Him of the robe and put His own garments on Him and led Him away to be crucified. It’s easy to gloss over the cruelty here but it’s important to rest in here a moment.

The Romans – like any military might had a place of authority but they are not Jews, they were not Jesus’ own people – there was a detachment here.  Some wit made a wreath of thorns and someone jammed it on His head – long thorns, not little rose thorns. They called Him king and belittled Him. They spat on Him and mocked this one man’s royalty, they struck Him on His head – where the thorns were embedded.  Again they stripped Him and then put His own simple garments on as they took Him to be crucified.

I read somewhere (Matthew Henry Commentary) that being taken to crucifixion usually took 10 days in order for the prisoner to acclimatise to their fate – this was not afforded to Jesus.

32 As they were marching forth, they came upon a man of Cyrene named Simon; this man they forced to carry the cross of Jesus.

33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha [Latin: Calvary], which means The Place of a Skull, So the Romans took Jesus from the Palace to the outskirts of the city

34 They offered Him wine mingled with gall to drink; but when He tasted it, He refused to drink it. Jesus refused this as it was anesthetic.

44 And the robbers who were crucified with Him also abused and reproached and made sport of Him in the same way. This makes no sense to me why another sentenced would do this.

45 Now from the sixth hour (noon) there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour (three o’clock).

46 And about the ninth hour (three o’clock) Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?—that is, My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me [leaving Me [l]helpless, forsaking and failing Me in My need]? So it was dark in the middle of the day, stormy possibly, for three hours – that would have sent all but the most committed from the crucifixion site.

47 And some of the bystanders, when they heard it, said, This Man is calling for Elijah!

48 And one of them immediately ran and took a sponge, soaked it with vinegar (a sour wine), and put it on a reed (staff), and was [m]about to give it to Him to drink.

49 But the others said, Wait! Let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him [n]from death.

50 And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit. Jesus hung on the cross – suffocated to death for around 3 hours – the whipping and torture He received in the palace having already zapped His energy and the sleepless nights and torment taking their mental and physical toll.

50 And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit.

51 And at once the curtain of the [o]sanctuary of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; the earth shook and the rocks were split.

52 The tombs were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep[p]in death were raised [to life];

53 And coming out of the tombs after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many people. Simultaneous miracles – whether the curtain literally tore from top to bottom or even figuratively it was heavy thick cloth and it would have been a mean feat to have torn the material that hung in the temple during any kind of earthquake – but that wouldn’t explain dead bodies coming to life and appearing to many people.

54 When the centurion and those who were with him keeping watch over Jesus observed the earthquake and all that was happening, they were terribly frightened and filled with awe, and said, Truly this was God’s Son! Finally the innocents see and believe.

57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus.

58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.

59 And Joseph took the body and [q]rolled it up in a clean linen cloth [r]used for swathing dead bodies

60 And laid it in his own fresh ([s]undefiled) tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a big boulder over the door of the tomb and went away.

61 And Mary of Magdala and the other Mary kept sitting there opposite the tomb. So there were people around for a while

62 The next day, that is, the day after the day of Preparation [for the Sabbath], the chief priests and the Pharisees assembled before Pilate

63 And said, Sir, we have just remembered how that [t]vagabond Imposter said while He was still alive, After three days I will rise again.

64 Therefore give an order to have the tomb made secure and safeguarded until the third day, for fear that His disciples will come and steal Him away and tell the people that He has risen from the dead, and the last deception and fraud will be worse than the first.

65 Pilate said to them, You have a guard [of soldiers; take them and] go, make it as secure as you can.

66 So they went off and made the tomb secure by sealing the boulder, a guard of soldiers being with them and remaining to watch. Having the guard there prevented any untoward meddling with the body.  Making the claims even more believable and less able to have holes poked into the story of conspiracy and tampering.

Selah

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