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Saturday, January 24 2015

Psalm 64: Why Did They Want A Murderer Released Instead Of Jesus?

"There was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him"

The English word "insurrection" originated from a Latin word, insurrectio, which meant "the open and active opposition of a number of persons to the civil or political authorities of a city or country in defiance of law and order" (The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary). The word insurgent, which means to rise (i.e. to surge), originated from the same word.

Technically, insurgents seek to gain control of an established country while maintaining the existence of the country, while rebels (from the Latin word rebellis, meaning to make war again i.e. to start a country again) seek to gain control of an established country by destroying the country and starting a new country with themselves ruling it.

Barabbas One of the most well-known insurgents in the Bible was Barabbas who participated in an uprising against the Roman occupation forces and "committed murder in the insurrection." The Romans would have considered him a murderer even if he had killed a Roman soldier in a legitimate battle, although the context seems to plainly indicate that he had also committed criminal homicide.

It does however explain why the Jews would have welcomed his release, however despicable that he actually was - if he had fought against the Roman invasion forces. Notice also however that Barabbas was the only one called a "murderer" among the insurgents i.e. "there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection."

"15:6 Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired. 15:7 And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection. 15:8 And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.

15:9 But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews? 15:10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy. 15:11 But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.

15:12 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?

15:13 And they cried out again, Crucify him.

15:14 Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.

15:15 And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified." (Mark 15:6-15 KJV)

Other references to Barabbas, written by those who actually saw him, indicate that he was indeed a murderer, regardless of his participation in the effort to liberate Judea from Roman rule. Peter called him a "murderer" when he rebuked the very people who asked that Barabbas be released in place of Jesus.

"3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.

3:14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;

3:15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses." (Acts 3:13-15 KJV)

King David was a warrior who was not a war criminal. Evil is evil, regardless of whatever righteous cause that one may use to try to justify it.

"64:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy. 64:2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

64:3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: 64:4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.

64:5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them? 64:6 They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.

64:7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded. 64:8 So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

64:9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing. 64:10 The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory." (Psalm 64:1-10 KJV)

Fact Finder: In a direct relation to the Day of Atonement "scapegoat," Barabbas was released while the Messiah one was sent to slaughter. What does "scapegoat" mean in the Bible?
See Putting Away Satan's Goat

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This Day In History, January 24

41: Roman emperor Caligula was assassinated by his own bodyguards, the Praetorian Guards. Caligula had succeeded Tiberius who ruled the Roman Empire at the time of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). The assassins then proclaimed Caligula's uncle Claudius as Emperor (see also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).

Winston Churchill 1076: German bishops renounced their subjection to Pope Gregory at the Synod of Worms (Vorms, rendered in English as "Worms," is a city in Germany).

1438: The Council of Basel suspended Pope Eugene IV.

1458: Matthias Corvinus was elected the king of Hungary. He was the son of the popular Hungarian nationalist leader John Hunyadi.

1568: The Spanish imperial governor, the Duke of Alva, declared William I ("William of Orange") of the Netherlands an outlaw. William was a leading founder of Dutch independence.

1679: King Charles II of England dissolved the Cavalier Parliament. It became the longest-running English Parliament, during 18 years of the reign of Charles II. Like its predecessor, the Convention Parliament, it was patriotically Royalist ("patriotism" originally meant faithful to the king).

1742: Charles Albert of Bavaria was proclaimed Holy Roman Emperor as Charles VII. Charles opposed the Hapsburg, Francis, husband of Maria Theresa (see Emperors and Popes).

1800: The Convention of al-Arish. An abortive Anglo-French agreement for the French evacuation of Egypt.

1908: The first Boy Scout troop in the world was formed in England by Robert Baden-Powell.

1915: During that First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the British fleet under the command of Admiral Beatty defeated the German navy under Von Hipper at the Battle of Dogger Bank. The German cruiser Blucher was sunk, killing 870.

1931: The League of Nations rebuked Poland for the mistreatment of a German minority in Upper Silesia.

1961: A U.S. B-52 bomber, with two 24-megaton nuclear bombs aboard, crashed near Goldsboro, North Carolina. While neither of the weapons of mass destruction detonated from the impact, the explosive uranium core of one of them was never recovered.

1965: Sir Winston Churchill died at age 90. He served as the Prime Minister of Britain during the Second World War.

1966: Indira Gandhi, the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru (India's first prime minister), became Prime Minister of India after the death of Sri Shastri.

1972: On Guam, a Japanese soldier from World War Two was discovered. Shoichi Yokoi had spent 28 years in the jungle with the belief that the war that ended in 1945 was still ongoing.

1978: A Soviet Union satellite, powered by a nuclear reactor, re-entered the earth's atmosphere and disintegrated over northern Canada.

1981: Millions of workers in Poland boycotted their jobs to support the Solidarity trade union's demand for a 5 day work week. The communist government eventually relented.

1986: Voyager 2 made a fly-by of the planet "Uranus" (a pagan name given to the planet by man) at 81,593 km. It found new moons.

1989: Mass murderer Ted Bundy, 42, was executed in the Florida electric chair; he killed up to 100 women.

2003: The U.S. "Department of Homeland Security" officially began operations.


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