• William T. Howe Ph.D.

October 13, 2021

Daily Reading: Matthew 26

Matthew 26:54

But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

At least three times before this verse the Lord taught His disciples that He would go to Jerusalem and be betrayed by one of His own. On the night it happened, at least one of His followers, Peter, did not believe Him. When it happened Peter decided to fight, pulling his sword attempting to cut off the head of the servant of the high priest. He missed and only sliced off an ear. Jesus rebuked him with a great truth.

If He wanted, Jesus could have prayed and His Father in heaven would have dispatched more than twelve legions of angels to defend His Son. Note: a legion is 6,000 in number, this would be more than 78,000 angels. But this was not the time nor the place for such a show of force; that will come later. Now, this night that Jesus was betrayed and arrested, had been foretold in Scripture and must be fulfilled as all prophecies must. It must, or the Bible will be proven to be in error, which is not possible.

As a commentary on the necessity of Scripture being fulfilled consider Jesus’ statement in Luke 24:44. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. By the way, just in passing, note, the best commentary on the Bible is the Bible. It proves itself by its content.

Specifically, Zechariah prophesied of this event; Zechariah 11:12-13 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD. Everything about the night in which Jesus was betrayed and arrested was prophesied hundreds of years earlier.

Think of it. Jesus could have called in an angel strike to devour the enemies and save Himself. Yet, He loved His enemies knowing that He must die for them and all the human race. So He did! He who should have ever lived, died, so that we who should have ever died could live. Amazing! Simply amazing!!

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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