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Monday, March 30 2015
Psalm 128: Who Else Did They Want To Kill At Passover?
"They came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death"
The siblings Martha, Mary and Lazarus were among the closest friends of the Messiah (see The House of Martha and Mary). He visited their home in Bethany, near Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives, many times - and ascended to heaven after His resurrection not far from their house (see The Ascent From Bethany)
The Messiah's raising of Lazarus from the dead (the only recorded incident of the Messiah weeping was at the grave of Lazarus: "11:35 Jesus wept. 11:36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!" (John 11:35-36 KJV) is one of the most well-known events of Bible history. It wasn't however merely a chance occurrence. The Messiah deliberately did not heal Lazarus to save his life - so that He could then raise Lazarus from the dead as yet-another proof and prophecy of the Messiah's own resurrection that occurred only a few days later at Passover: "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby."
"11:1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 11:2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 11:3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
There were many witnesses of the resurrection of Lazarus. Most of them became believers in the Messiah. A few however, for their own personal, political or religious reasons, ran to "the chief priests and the Pharisees" so that they would do something to stop it. Their response displayed their "beside themselves" logic - they viewed the miracles as a personal threat ("the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation"), while at the same time seeming to realize that Jesus was the Messiah. Nevertheless, because of the miracle done for Lazarus, "from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death."
"11:45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. 11:46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. 11:47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 11:48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
It wasn't just the Messiah that they then decided to assassinate to cover up the miracles. "But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death."
The Bible does not record whether Lazarus was killed, but it seems highly-likely. Lazarus is not mentioned from that time on. As well, if he had been alive, Lazarus would definitely have been a highly-qualified candidate as an apostle replacement for the traitor Judas Iscariot. Along with his own resurrection experience, Lazarus perfectly fulfilled the stated qualifications: "1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection." (Acts 1:22 KJV)
"12:1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. 12:2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
The Psalms are, more than anything, prophecies of the Messiah (see Psalm 86: What Did King David Really Say About Zion? and Psalm 76: Salem In History And Prophecy) and true Christianity (see Psalm 70: The Day Of Reckoning For The Living and The Dead and Psalm 29: The Patriotism Prophecy. They observed Passover because they knew Who Passover was all about (see (see Psalm 95: The Identity Of The LORD God).
"128:1 A Song of degrees [see also A Song Of Degrees].
Fact Finder: How and when did Christian Passover originate?
This Day In History, March 30
598: During their campaign in the Balkan, the Avars lifted their siege at Tomis, a Byzantine stronghold.
1282: The Sicilians rebelled against King Charles I of Sicily.
1296: Edward I sacked Berwick-upon-Tweed during the war between Scotland and England.
1492: King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella signed a decree to expel all Jews from Spain - with one possible exception. Some historians believe that Christopher Columbus was of Jewish ancestry (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings). Although most well-known for their employment of Columbus (who actually "discovered" only the inhabited islands of the Caribbean - Columbus never set foot in what today calls itself "America"; for a map of the actual voyages of Columbus, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy), King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella were also the originators of the infamous Spanish Inquisition that imprisoned, tortured (present-day "water boarding" and suspending prisoners of war from their arms tied behind them to cause excruciating pain were invented during the Spanish Inquisition) and executed thousand of people who had set themselves free of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines.
1533: King Henry VIII of England divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon (Catherine was the Spanish-born daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain - the Spanish monarchs for whom Christopher Columbus was an explorer). It was Henry's divorces that led to Britain's eventual break with the Roman Catholic Church.
1806: Joseph Bonaparte (brother of Napoleon Bonaparte) was proclaimed king of Naples.
1814: Sixth Coalition forces entered Paris during the Napoleonic Wars.
1856: The Treaty of Paris was signed to end the Crimean War.
1863: William, Prince of Denmark, was recognized as king of Greece and took the title George I.
1867: A treaty for the purchase of Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, approximately two cents an acre, was submitted to the U.S. Senate.
1870: Texas was readmitted to the Union with the Reconstruction after the U.S. Civil War. Texas first rebelled against Mexico to join the U.S., then rebelled against the United States to join the Confederate States.
1917: The Russian provisional government accepted the idea of an independent Poland.
1936: Britain announced a naval construction program of 38 new warships, the largest construction program in 15 years.
1939: The German Heinkel He 100 fighter set a world airspeed record of 745 kilometers per hour (463 mph).
1941: The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel began its first offensive against British forces in Libya.
1972: During the Vietnam civil war ("north" and "south" Vietnam were a creation of French colonial forces in the 1950s), 120,000 North Vietnamese troops and thousands of Vietcong guerrillas launched a massive 3-wave invasion deep into South Vietnam.
1973: The U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam civil war came to a formal end when the last U.S. prisoner was released and the last soldier left.
1981: U.S. President Ronald Reagan, press secretary James Brady, and secret service agent Timothy McCarthy were shot by John Hinckley in Washington. Despite being shot by John Hinckley, Ronald Reagan broke the "year zero curse" when he became the first U.S. President since 1840, who won a Presidential election in a year ending in a zero, to leave office alive: