Principle of giving God the first fruits
Those who brazenly violate God’s law were set apart from the community-they were cut off. Why? So that their sinful rebellion would not ‘infect’ the nation. At times a church may have to excommunicate someone whose rebellions is infecting the church.
A person working on the Sabbath was stoned to death. This was the same punishment as one would receive for disobeying their parents. Why is it as Christians we take the Sabbath so lightly? Did God do away with one of His commandments? Did God change the Sabbath? He is the same today, yesterday, and forever.
The tassels were to remind the people of the Ten Commandments. The fourth commandment is the only commandment that God says to remember. However, it is obvious that He wanted all the commandments to be remembered. So why did He emphasize to remember the fourth commandment? Because He knew it would be easy for man to forget it.
You will want to read this passage, a movie could be made off of it. God will not put with rebellion and He will defend His faithful servants. Be aware, ‘do not touch God’s anointed’. Notice in this passage how Moses intercedes for the innocent and prays for God’s judgment on the wicked.
Jesus did not try to defend Himself. He knew it was a waste of time. He also knew His innocence and that anyone that was sincere would know He is innocent. Are you living a life of integrity so that your accusers are put to shame-there is no truth to their accusations.
vs 10 shows that Jesus integrity was seen by Pilate.
Why did Pilate have Jesus whipped. There was no need for this if Jesus was going to be crucified. Now there was a custom for a prisoner to be whipped before crucifixion, but if Pilate had compassion on Jesus as an innocent man, he had the authority to bypass the whipping. This shows the heart of Pilate. Pilate was the tool used by God to fulfill the prophecy of ‘by His stripes you are healed’.
Have you ever been wounded by the mocking of people? Jesus certainly understands-the King of Kings and Lord of Lords was mocked.
Jesus refused the wine. The wine with myrrh was used to relieve pain. Jesus was willing to numb Himself from the pain-wow, what a loving savior.
Fulfillment of prophecy
Other passages have Jesus saying ‘Father forgive them, they know not what they say’. Have you forgiven your mockers?
The curtain was torn into two to signify the old has passed away. The death of Jesus brought the New Covenant into existence.
The Roman officer had a revelation of who Jesus was. The Pharisees were at the same event, but did not recognize who Jesus was. Our heart condition determines what we will receive of God. Hard hearts prevent people from seeing the truth.
Joseph wanted Jesus body to put it into the tomb. Pilate verified that Jesus was dead. So the argument that Jesus was not dead when He raised from the tomb is not a valid argument.
When we are walking the right path and have our eyes on Jesus we can cry out for help and be assured that God will answer. To know that God is on our side, there is no reason why we should give Him praise.
‘The wicked fall beneath their load of sin’. To live in wickedness, evil, sin, is a heavy burden to carry. To live in integrity or honesty can certainly be hard at times, but at the end of the day the burden can be released, but living a life of sin is always burdensome.