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BIAY – Bible in a year – January 23rd 2015

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Today’s scripture is as follows:

Exodus 24-27

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BIAY – Bible in a year – January 22nd 2015

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Today’s scripture is as follows:

Exodus 21-23

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BIAY – Bible in a year – January 21st 2015

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Today’s scripture is as follows:

Exodus 17-20

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BIAY – Bible in a year – January 20th 2015

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Today’s scripture is as follows:

Exodus 14-16

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BIAY – Bible in a year – January 19th 2015

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Today’s scripture is as follows:

Exodus 11-13

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BIAY – Bible in a year – January 18th 2015

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Today’s scripture is as follows:

Exodus 8-10

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BIAY – Bible in a year – January 17th 2015

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Today’s scripture is as follows:

Exodus 5-7

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BIAY – Bible in a year – January 16th 2015

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Today’s scripture is as follows:

Exodus 1-4

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TTE Advent Calendar Day Twenty – December 20th

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TTE Advent Calendar Day Twenty – December 20th

Thank you for reading our twentieth installment of our advent series, please check out our advent page for more articles in this series.

Today we look at the prophecy that the messiah would not have his bones broken. We read this is the book of Exodus chapter 12 which talks of the Passover lamb…

Exodus 12:43 (ESV) And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the statute of the Passover: no foreigner shall eat of it, 44 but every slave that is bought for money may eat of it after you have circumcised him. 45 No foreigner or hired worker may eat of it. 46 It shall be eaten in one house; you shall not take any of the flesh outside the house, and you shall not break any of its bones. 47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. 48 If a stranger shall sojourn with you and would keep the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised. Then he may come near and keep it; he shall be as a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person shall eat of it. 49 There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you.”

I chose this verse to show a comparison between the temporary sacrifice that the Jews were doing in preparation for the messiah coming. The Passover lamb was a sacrifice and a way for the children of Israel to outwardly show that they were following God.

In the recent movie “Son of God” there was a beautiful picture of the Passover lamb being sacrificed in the temple as the Lamb of God was being sacrificed on the cross at Calvary. The very people who were the ones carrying the lamb into the temple were also the very ones who had condemned Jesus to death by crucifixion. It was a beautiful comparison and one of the highlights of the movie.

I loved to see it but I lamented as I realized the point that the moviemakers were making that they were so ritualized and so in tune with keeping their traditions that the very ones who should have recognized the messiah first, were the very ones who were calling for his death.

The idea of Passover

Passover was instituted as a sign of faith to God from the children of Israel, an outward sign in a foreign country that they were identifying with God. Talk about nailing your colors to the mast huh? Being slaves in Egypt, this would not have been a very safe thing to do.  This is why they stated that no foreigners should eat it, it was not to be defiled and it should only have been eaten by those who were of the faith in your family or anyone who had been circumcised into the faith.

Passover was to deliver them from slavery in Egypt, it was important that the lamb used was a firstborn, without spot or blemish and without broken bones. What a wonderful picture of the messiah Jesus Christ, the Lamb who was going to deliver them out of slavery not from Egypt but of sin and into a permanent relationship with God the Father. We see further prophetic proof in Psalms thirty four:

Psalm 34:20 (ESV) He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

We see that this verse is quoted in John nineteen. (As seen below)

John 19:31 (ESV) Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not  remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35 He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. 36 For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”

This was unusual of the day, normally the protocol was that they would break the legs of the deceased. I have heard a few reasons why, some commentators state it was in case the criminals were taken from the cross barely alive and could escape. I find difficulty with this as I have issue with being able to escape after surviving scourging and being hung to asphyxiate to death that they would be able to prop themselves up and escape.

Whatever the reason I take great comfort in the fact that God was in control of the proceedings. I know that the Romans who took the decision to pierce his side to see the blood and water hitting the ground were not proficient in Jewish religious prophecy. That tells be that even although they had no idea that they were playing a part, they were being used by God to fulfill prophecy.

God also knew the calendar (and in fact wrote time itself!) and knew that because of the strict Sabbath laws (that he put in place) that the body of Jesus would not hang on the cross over the Passover weekend. I find it wonderful that it was the Jewish leaders who asked for the real Passover lamb to come down to allow them to begin their rituals.

We have to be careful as Christians that we don’t replace Jesus for religion or rituals. We have to come with our contrite and repentant heart and keep ourselves in constant communion with our Savior. Christianity is supposed to be a relationship as opposed to an empty religion.

We are the only ones who believe that God loved us so much that he sent his firstborn and apple of his eye to die to save us all. All other religions are about the adherents trying to appease or keep sweet an angry deity.

Psalm 22:17 (ESV) I can count all my bones—they stare and gloat over me;

David when he writes about this also realizes that despite all of his scars and near death experiences he is not suffering from broken bones. This is near prophecy, but in the life of Christ we see that this has far reaching prophecy, this was written over half a century prior to Jesus being born in Bethlehem.

Jesus ties up the Passover (Exodus 12) he is that lamb without spot, without blemish. He is sinless and died a criminal’s torturous death in order to set us free from our sins. He did not have his bones broken and he could see the people below mocking him. Being both God and man he was also the only one who could fulfill this prophecy.

Jesus said in John 14:6 that “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (ESV) He is the only way to heaven and the only way to have your sins forgiven and restore communion with your creator.

Jesus went through all this so we can go to heaven, although that decision is ours, we have to choose to follow Jesus. My hope is that these articles help and please contact me if you need to discuss further.

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TTE Advent Calendar Day Fifteen – December 15th

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Today we look at a prophecy that speaks about the messiah being falsely accused. You have to remember that Jesus being both God and man, he was completely flesh but at the same time completely God. He was a sinless man. In order to secure a conviction some people were going to have to lie.

Psalm 35:11 (ESV) Malicious witnesses rise up; they ask me of things that I do not know.

David is writing in two ways in this Psalm, he is referring first to his personal adversity, but on a grander sense he is talking about the coming messiah and how he was going to have people talk about him.

Jesus was never going to be convicted in a just court. In order to have enough to sentence him to death there was going to have to be some testimony that was embellished. People were going to have to lie. People were going to have to start with a truth, embellish it and they were even going to have to break one of the Ten Commandments to do so.

Lets look at the Ninth Commandment in Exodus 20…

Exodus 20:16 (ESV) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Can you imagine the hatred and desire to see Jesus gone and to really stop making them look bad – I mean we are the holy ones, how dare this upstart who is not one of us talk with authority and actually try to bring people closer to God. And he comes from Gailiee of all places. We are starting to lose the people and our individual position. Yes, this Jesus has to go! (Paraphrasing from the Pharisee)

False witness against the true witness

Lets see how this refers to Jesus

Mark 14:53 (ESV) And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. 54 And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree.

Jesus is standing before the Sanhedrin, it is the third time he has faced accusations when Mark picks this up. He is standing in front of the men who were deemed the “holy ones” of Israel. Surely he would get a fair trial in front of these guys. I mean, this was the religious guys who held everyone else accountable to the law. Surely he will be found innocent?

Kangaroo Court

By Jewish standards, the trial of Jesus was a mockery, Jesus had no protection. It is what we call in my home country a “kangaroo court”. The ones who began these proceedings began it with the intention of sentencing Jesus to death. They did exactly what Eve did in the Garden of Eden when she started with what was actually said and added subjecture to it.

V57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’”

Here is where they differ from the truth, what Jesus actually said was in John chapter two.

John 2:18 (ESV) So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

Jesus didn’t say he would build a new temple, at no point did he add in that the temple that he was referring to was the one that took 46 years to build by hand. He was referring to the resurrection and his body on earth that would not see decay but be lifted from death on the third day.

Jesus being God was never going to rip down the temple that was dedicated to his father. It simply does not make sense. Even the Romans would regard the destruction of a religious or holy place as bad practice.

Couldn’t even agree in which lie they were telling

Here is how we know the trial was a mockery. In any decent legal system they have a way to quash a conviction, acquit someone or pass a not guilty verdict if they cannot prove the accusers correct. You will have heard the phrase “innocent until proven guilty” this was the opposite. Jesus was seen as guilty before it began.

Being the third trial, at this point they were going through the motions in order to make a decent enough story to take to the Roman area commander, known as Pontius Pilate so they could justify their actions by saying “we had had a trial according to our laws and he is guilty” when of course we see that the opposite is true.

Verses 55, 56, 57 and 59 show the compelling lack of evidence to warrant a public execution. If this was fair, it would stop the trial in it’s tracks right here. The defense would not have even taken the stand as the prosecution was unable to build a case against him.

Of course, there was a greater plan at work, Jesus was surrendering himself to be the atonement for the sins of the world because “the Father does not desire that any should perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:17)

The religious leaders were only interested in their own gains, but God used these people who were “professing him with their mouths but far from him in their hearts” (Matthew 15:8)

Jesus went through all this so we can go to heaven, although that decision is ours, we have to choose to follow Jesus. My hope is that these articles help and please contact me if you need to discuss further.

God bless you one and all, I thank you for reading this article. Please share, comment or like below as the LORD leads you too.
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