Psalm 22:16


They pierced my hands and feet. Kari כָּ֝אֲרִ֗י can be K’ari, “like a lion” or the Aramaic Kari, “they have pierced”. which is it? it’s clear from context that the Aramaic makes more sense (“Like a lion my hands and feet” lack the clear sense that “They have pierced” has) – but even if you’re a purist, okay! Let’s look at the Hebrew and ask a simple question – what does that mean? “They did to my hands and feet like a lion did… either claw and rend, or more likely, bite. Tigers shred, lions bite. Lions prefer to jump at you, dig their claws in only to keep you from getting away, then start biting. So, what would that mean, “they did to my hands and feet what a lion would do?”

It would mean… “they have pierced.”

Argument over.

Politics Versus The Bible


Let me preface my remarks today with a simple formula. I can’t insert the “is not equal to” symbol you learned in the 5th grade… BUT…

  • Christian is not synonymous with Republican
  • Republican is not synonymous with Christian.

Now, YES… a VAST MAJORITY of American Born Again Christians flock to the Republican party. And politicians are quick to try to either A). support Israel while running for office or b). talk either about God, prayer, or maybe a lame quote from the Bible. note they’ll never quote something like John 3:3!

Most politicians stop the pretense as soon as they’re in office. Um… except the Donald. It seems he’s conducting Bible studies in the White House. right in the Oval Office. Guess what? I could be very wrong, but I think he won the election. And he’s carrying on far past the point where everyone else drops the pretense!

But here’s the flipside – there’s a political party who has seemed to make it a priority to legislate out of existence Christianity within America. And a lot of Christians STILL are part of that Party.

The Republican party pushed a member of a cult as a candidate for President, and suddenly Franklin Graham and countless others are rushing to embrace anyone who’s ever even driven PAST Salt Lake City as a fellow Christian.

No, let’s get our heads clear. We test everything by the word of God. Even political expediency. If your party routinely opposes God, Christianity, and the Bible, and exalts every manner of sin – as a Christian, you have only one response. Leave that party. Vote with your feet.

If your party attempts to push a member of a cult as President, then click on “other” at the ballot station and manually type in the name of another Candidate! The Republicans would have been astounded if they’d pushed a Mormon, only to find that a candidate who’d not gotten the nomination found himself President the following morning!

We as Christians need to send warnings to Washington DC – we matter. And we will not stand for any attempt to silence Christians, or to stand against the Bible. Here’s our answer to Pelosi Democrats and their agendas… we pull every Christian voter out of the Democratic party. Which almost happened last November.

If they lose enough elections, they’ll figure it out, and boot the Pelosi-ites out of office. That’s how we answer Washington. We vote. And at this point, you have to vote against things sometimes.

We also send a clear message to the Republican party, which I think they heard loud and clear – no moderate Republicans. No Liberal Republicans. High ye away to the democrats, if that’s ye platforme!

STAND for the Bible. Stand for God. Vote according to those factors, and sooner or later, the politicians get it.

And stop parroting political expediency. Ye are not your own, and ye were bought with a price. Not by politics, but by the Son of Man.

The Atonement


27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. 28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God. 29 For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. 30 And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. 31 Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath. Leviticus 23:27-32 (KJV)

1 And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it. 2 A cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be: and two cubits shall be the height thereof: the horns thereof shall be of the same. 3 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about. 4 And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under the crown of it, by the two corners thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou make it; and they shall be for places for the staves to bear it withal. 5 And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. 6 And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee. 7 And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. 8 And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations. 9 Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering; neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon. 10 And Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations: it is most holy unto the LORD. Exodus 30:1-10 (KJV)

During this time of year, as Christians approach Ressurection Sunday, we begin to dwell upon our sin. The catchphrases that seem so trite during the year gain meaning during the Spring. “We owe a debt we cannot pay, He paid a debt He did not owe.”

This is your fault. This is my fault. We cannot blame Adam and Eve for this, as the Bible says

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23 (KJV)

You deserve to pay the price – not on the Cross, for that is the role of the sinless, perfect offering.

Dave Hunt uses the illustration of the Judge and the Criminal. The Criminal says, “If you give me a second chance, I’ll never break the aw again!”

The Judge responds, “That was the bare minimum of your duty, to keep the law and not break it. You get no extra points for doing what was required.”

Keeping the law was your duty. You get no rewards for that. If you never broke the law ever, you would have made it into Heaven only by the skin of your teeth.

But all we like sheep have gone astray. There is none righteous, no not one. All have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God. Let God be true, and all men liars.

So the Lord went and died on the Cross for us.

11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Hebrews 10:11-17 (KJV)

The Lord performed one sacrifice. One. It was effecacious, in that it atoned for all sins for all time, past, present, future. There is no need for a re-offering of the Mass. The Roman Catholic mass is performed all over the world, every day. It tells Roman Catholics that the death of Jesus was no different from the death of any Passover lamb.

But that’s a different Jesus, not the Jesus Christ of the Bible. The Jesus Christ of the Bible offered Himself once for all. He atoned for the sins of those who accept it.

The problem with today is we have a lot of people who stand there and say, “Yes… i’ll accept it. I want it. Lord thank you for your sacrifice!”

And they never reach out and TAKE it!

If you are not 100% sure you are saved, please make that sure today. Don’t put it off. Don’t wait.

The Last Supper


Can I say this?

The Last Supper is a memorial. It’s not a re-sacrifice of Christ. There are Protestant denominations who literally decry the Roman Mass… but in effect present the exact same terminology.

There’s a lot of teachings out there on the Passover, and it’s tie-ins to the crucifixion. It’s a major teaching, every Christian really should learn of it.

The evening before the Seder, we must prepare for it, searching by candlelight throughout the house to find one last bit of leavened bread. It is swept away by feather, and burned. This typifies the Word of God searching through your conscience, showing us our sinfulness and eventual end if we do not accept Christ. By repenting and being born again, the guilt of our sins is removed, and we are justified.

The Matzoh is bruised and perforated, like a scourged man. The wine cups represent the blood of Christ. In the middle of the Seder, wine is sprinkled once for every judgment, signifying the atoning blood of Christ.

The bitter herbs, meant to show the bitterness of slavery in Egypt, also show the bitterness we feel in that Christ was sacrificed for unworthy sinners such as ourselves.

One part of the matzoh is broken, then half is taken and hidden, not to return until the end of the Seder.

Salt water is on the seder table, and we dip the herbs into it to typify tears shed over our slavery in Egypt.

It also reminds us of, “I thirst.” And He would not drink.

The events of the last night and day of Jesus Christ are bound up in Temple service, in the Yom Kippur offering and service, Barabbas and the Lord are presented. The Lord is chosen as the offering, and Barabbas sent away, as the Azazel goat.

The Lord is presented to Annas first (being the legal High Priest) and then Caiaphas. They have examined Him, and found Him worthy as the offering – just like the Passover offering, a lamb without blemish.

49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. 51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. John 11:49-52 (KJV)

22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. Matthew 27:22 (KJV)

Really, a lot can be written here. Pilate has watched the tumult at Jerusalem, which should have built into a fervor that resulted in the mob entering Fortress Antonio to seize Herod – which would have left Pilate in a quandry. He’d have to rescue Herod, and ship him to Rome, relieving him of a headache.

But the tumult died down, as if nothing had happened. He’d probably shaken his head and gone about his business.

Days later, he hears another tumult, and the Priests are bringing him a prisoner for judging. Who is this?

Pilate recognizes the same man, the crowds had exalted as King. He begins to question the Priests, and finds its a violateion of their myriads of ritual laws. He attempts to dismiss it…

and the crowd goes ballistic. The Roman guard would have moved into position, knowing Pilate. He is about to order that a large number of them be killed.

12 And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews? 13 And they cried out again, Crucify him. 14 Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him. Mark 15:12-14 (KJV)

Pilate can’t. He remembers the orders from Caesar – one more riot and Pilate will answer before Caesar’s judgment seat. So Pilate sends Him to Herod, hoping Herod will make his usual violent decision, and relieve Pilate of the responsibility. Pilate’s stress mounts as he recieves a message from his wife, the niece of Caesar, not to kill Jesus.

Herod questions the Lord, is mystified by the Lord’s silence, and orders Him sent back to Pilate.

Pilate, now seeking a way out of this, questions this prisoner. He hopes for some admission that can justify killing the Lord, or releasing Him. Pilate (not a patient man, but desperate to avoid another riot so soon after his warning from Rome) now speaks with the Lord.

33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? 34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? 35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? 36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. 37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. 38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. John 18:33-38 (KJV)

Pilate attempts to appease the Jews, by haing Christ scourged. We know that Jewish law requires a maximum of forty lashes. We know that the Rabbi’s shortened it to 39, so that a mistake is not made.

What we fail to realize is that the Romans are not bound by Jewish law. They can whip Him with the flagellum as many times as desired.

Christ is scourged, a horrific event, and sent back to be exhibited to the crowd. Pilate is hoping that the crowd will be appeased by the sight of Him, bloody and beaten nearly to death. Pontius Pilate has underestimated the situation again.

5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! John 19:5 (KJV)

The crowd demands Christ’s death. “הצלב אתו Ha’Tselev Ato! Ha’Tselev Ato!” They scream. “σταυρωσον αυτον!”

PIlate is well aquainted with the Hebrew words, as well as the Greek. He has ordered them many times himself, and heard the order repeated in Hebrew.

Crucify Him.

12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar. 13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! 15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. John 19:12-15 (KJV)

Pilate is now painted into a corner. He has gotten an admission of loyalty to Caesar from the High Priests, and he sees their plan at last. If he does not kill an innocent man, the High Priests will denounce him to Caesar. “We pledged loyalty, and Pilate showed contempt for Rome!”

24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. 25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Matthew 27:24-25 (KJV)

Pilate’s wording shows that his time in Judea has not been wasted. He’s learned something of Jewish expressions and their language. The phrase was almost certainly said in Hebrew, and not Latin, or he would have used the Roman expression of, “His blood is on your head.”

“אנכי מדם הצדיק הזה אתם ראו”.

Anoki Medem ha’tzaddik hazeh atem’Ro!. I am innocent, it’s on you.

The people accepted it. Pilate was guiltless.

Does this mean the Jews are forever guilty of Regicide, and Deicide? Many Jews have been assaulted and even killed over the years for that reason.

34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. Luke 23:34 (KJV)

These words purge all assembled, Jews and Gentiles alike, of any guilt of the murder of God our King. But their guilt from sin remained.

The irony is… the guilty were killing the innocent. And at the same time, the lamb was being slain at the Temple.

And they crucified the Son of God.

Hosanna 3


Now, we understand what’s happened with the Triumphant Entry. What the crowd intended, versus what Herod feared, verses what Pilate feared and hoped.

And what the Lord really intended.

The Lord now has been crowned King of Israel. The people accepted Him, entering Jerusalem. He is now the legal King of Israel. And not the Hasmoneans who currently call themselves Tetrarchs or Regis or whatever the current title Herod was preferring.

Everything from Matthew 21 through the rest of the Gospel needs to be read from this understanding – Jesus Christ is no longer the Coming King, but rather, The King. Up until now, it has been the coming King. And although in a few days the Romans would mock Him, giving Him a crown and a robe and a scepter, He is indeed the King.

The Lord does two things the day after the Triumphant entry – He curses the fig tree, and openly calls upon the Lord to glorify His own name. The Lord answers publicly.

The Saducees get their wish. The Lord addresses the temple system. It’s.. coming down.

The Pharisees get their wish as well. The Lord addresses their system. It’s cursed, in no uncertain terms. The Pharisees are described as hypocrites, blasphemers, sons of Hell.

These two events are the explanation of the withered fig tree. The Lord went to the Saducees, and the Pharisees, and found no fruit. He pronuonces judgment.

What was the parable that Jesus had given in Zacchaeus’s house? The parable of the talents. Jesus had given them responsibility. He’d placed them in charge of the garden. THey had kept the talent hidden and wrapped up, so that it was not used, not spent. They’d seen the heir and said, “Let us kill Him.”

He cast them out. He found them wanting. The Saducees would end first, with the destruction of the Temple. The Pharisees are still waiting. Their system, still in effect, will collapse as the Seventieth Week of Daniel begins with the Rapture of the Christians.

11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. 13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Matthew 23:11-13 (KJV)

Hosanna 2


Why did the crowd shout the Hoshana prayer, something done in September, during the first week of April?

Because they recognized the prophecy of Zech. 9:9

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. 10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth. 11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water. Zechariah 9:9-11 (KJV)

The King was coming. People were already convinced that Jesus was KIng Messiah. And now He was coming into Jerusalem riding in on a donkey.

Salvation was days away! The Romans were going to be cast out. Herod would be slain! The Saducees were convinced that the Temple would be exalted. The Pharisees were sure that Jesus would institute Rabbinic Schools across Israel, and commend them for their profound logic, as He’d yet to really rebuke them in any way. He’d let them know in no uncertain terms He disagreed with some of their decisions, such as the Korban dedication. Well, they could reason that out.

Herod would have watched out of his window, as he had a palace (so to speak) on the Temple platform. Fortress Antionio was there as well, and Pontius Pilate would be watching with some interest to see what happened.

Everyone was sure everything was going to work out greatly.

So, knowing that the KIng had salvation, they prayed “save thou us!”, but not in a begging, “We need salvation from our sins!” but rather, “You’re going to save us from the Romans!!!” It was a praise, a boast.

If you ca imagine a bedlam of cries, ending in the triumphant chanting of “hosha na! hosha Na! Hosha Na!”, you’re getting the right picture. They meant a physical, ‘Today you’re getting rid of the Romans!”

Yes, they were right. the Lord was going to get rid of them. Absolutely.

At Armadeggon, centuries in the future.

The Lord is going to fulfill the prayer of the people – but it requires waiting until the end of days. The Lord will answer their prayers.

But first, He was taking care of something far more important – Salvation from sins. Salvation from an eternal torment in Hell. And Eternal life.

After that, He’ll get to the less impiortant stuff. It was far more important to the Lord to save one soul – Zacchaeus – than to be crowned King.

It was far more important to be the sacrifice, the atonement, for all those who would accept it – than to rule as King.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (KJV)

Hosanna


גילי מאד בת-ציון הריעי בת ירושלם הנה מלכך יבוא לך צדיק ונושע הוא עני ורכב על-חמור ועל-עיר בן-אתנות

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. Zechariah 9:9 (KJV)

He is just…

And having salvation…

1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, 2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. 3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. 4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. 6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, 7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. 8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. 9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. 10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? 11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. Matthew 21:1-11 (KJV)

10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. 11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve. Mark 11:10-11 (KJV)

saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. 39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. 40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. Luke 19:38-40 (KJV)

37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

We have a gross misunderstanding of the phrase, “hosanna” today. It’s present in CCM songs as a term for praise. “Yeah, I was singing Hosannas….”

It means, “Save thou us.” Hosha na. The last day of Sukkot, the feast of Tabernacles is Hoshana Rabba, the great “save thou us”. We gather at the synagogue and pray a long prayer which has a refrain of “hosha na” repeated through it.

Why did this take place late in the day? Because the Lord traveled through Jericho, and it was much more important to Him to stop and see to the salvation and repentence of a SINGLE MAN before being proclaimed King.

The whole event would have immediately aroused the suspicions of the Romans. The Romans were over Syrian conscripts, who were enemies of Israel. The Syrians would have been immediately telling the Romans, “The Jews are proclaiming a King!!!”

This would have alarmed them a little. The Judeans had the right to internal rule – as long as that rule submitted to Rome. And if the Judeans chose a King from among them, that meant they were deposing Herod. That would have had advantages to Pilate, who apparently disliked his posting in Judea, and wanted a more prestigious posting (he’d tried to marry into favor with Caesar, but had chosen Caesar’s niece on a side of the family that went out of favor right after the wedding… hence the sending of Pilate to an area he didn’t want to be).

This was the kind of uproar publicly that would have summoned the watching Romans, putting them on edge. The Romans were in somewhat of a precarious situation. Rome was still at war with Scythia, but in kind of a cold war status. Caesar wanted to stabilize his reign of the Middle East, and the situation was fragile. Israel was a troublesome area to rule. Romans were required to travel in pairs, but Syrians were under no restriction. The syrian conscripts were often kiled by the Sicari, the “Dagger men” zealots.

Pilate had literally been warned that if he’d had one more major uprising in Jerusalem, he would be summoned to Rome to answer for it. Pilate knew that if that happened, the odds were good he’d be executed.

And in the midst of this, you had a priesthood that was troublesome, you had constant petitions from the competing religious parties (Herodians, Hellenists, Saducees, Pharisees). Rome had managed to do exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time every time in Israel. They’d tried to enrich themselves by selling the office of the High Priest, not understanding in Israel it was Hereditary. They’d tried to take what they thought was government money to build an aquaduct, only to find it was the Temple money, and belonged to God. A Roman general had violated the Temple by going inside it, resulting in bloodshed. Pilate had responded to every uprising by killing people.

And the Romans were a little vervous. They were vastly outnumbered, and reinforcements were days away.

And now the Jews were electing a King.

“Watch them, but leave them alone. Let’s see what happens.” Was probably Pilate’s orders. He no doubt wanted to send his troops down there and kill a few, but he was learning – don’t shed blood in Israel.

Pilate didn’t like Herod, who was dangerous, cunning, and prone to violence. Later on, they would become friends. But at this time… Pilate trusted only Pilate. If this new KIng could depose Herod, perhaps he would be more agreeable to keeping the peace than Herod?

So, Pilate watched. He had no idea things were going to get VERY out of control in just a couple of days.