Monday, March 08, 2010

And The Chief Priests were mad...

Jesus's journey to the cross was a single minded rescue mission God had conceived even before the fall of man/world to save us from the clutches of the evil one. The roman procurator Pontius Pilate had engraved the title of Jesus on the cross. The titles were written in three languages Aramaic, Greek and Latin (remember here Greek and Latin were roman languages and Aramaic was the local Hebrew tongue in Palestine) and it read "Yeshua The King of Jews" or in Latin it said ESVS·NAZARENVS·REX·IVDÆORVM (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum). 

A little research reveals: When the Jewish children who are taught the Hebrew letters from a young age are trained in their minds to automatically see the first letters of each word in the sentence. They are encouraged to see forms of new words from those first letters in statements or sentences. Interestingly, the chief priests when they read the sign on the cross in Aramaic were not comfortable at what it said and they were not just a little upset by it;  The gospel of John is the only gospel that gives us an account of this incident.

"9Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read:|sc JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS20Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews."Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."
You begin to wonder what made them so upset. Well God was making a point on that Cross.

The  four Hebrew letters (Yod, He, Waw and He) called the "Tetragramaton" are the four characters that correspond to the four Hebrew letters YHWH and are transliterated IAUE or Yahweh. Yahweh is the name of the Almighty Father in Heaven that people commonly call "The LORD" or "God". The reason we see "LORD" and "God" in our bibles is because of a Jewish tradition is that the name Yahweh was not to be spoken or written for fear that it may be blasphemed. The name of God is so precious that the Rabbis of old printed or wrote the short hand form of the name. So when the average Jew and especially the Pharisees who passed by the cross saw the title of Yahweh and that Yahweh was hanging on the cross for all mankind really irked them. What Pilate had written was no coincidence, but a revelation from God that Yahweh was indeed on the cross making the ultimate sacrifice to redeem His bride.

This blesses my heart and so let it be a lesson deep for us, the price was paid by Yahweh Himself
Praise to my glorious Yehovah - King of the Universe whose mercies are numerous and His ways are wonderful.

Blessings & Shalom,

Sam Kurien

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