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September 16, 2020 1:00 am
To be tried for the gate. You and I will never have to be tried before the gate of heaven because Jesus Christ is condemned by man's injustice. We never need fear being condemned by heaven just because Jesus Christ experienced the wrath of unrighteous man never fear facing the wrath of a righteous and considered in by the people in power. The good news of the gospel is that all Jesus suffering, anguish and pain was for our benefit.
Jesus suffered all these things predicted by King David for our benefit. Thanks for joining us today here on wisdom for the hearts today. Stephen Davey wraps up a series from the Psalms by looking at Psalm 69 in a lesson that he's calling abandoned games here Stephen with today's Bible lesson will at our last study I paraphrase the words of John Phillips of the British expositor in his exposition of Psalm 69 is that in the Gospels we have the facts about Christ and his suffering, but in in Psalm 69 we have the feeling of Christ in his suffering, we began our log just a couple of prophetic phrases from this messianic song song that points to the coming Messiah, and we noted in our last study how verses 1 to 3 begin to reveal the deed anguish in the heart of our Lord and his lonely, weeping, he writes. David does save me. Oh God, for the waters, have threatened my life literally did come up to my neck. I've sunk in deep mire and there is no foothold. I have come in the deep waters of the flood over flows me.
We had nowhere does this take place them in the garden, study our Lord ministry before the crucifixion.
Nothing quite like the garden of Gethsemane to fulfill what he writes here in verse three. I am weary with my crying.
My throat is parched. My eyes fail while I wait for God and we tend to have a picture in our minds of the Lord in in the garden. It's a picture that is made famous by Heinrich Hoffman in the 1800s 1892 painted a picture of Jesus in the garden and that he is praying rather calmly if you going to the gospel by Matthew and you read that account, you discover that Jesus is literally falling to the ground and he prays and the imperfect tense is used there with me. The falls to the ground and he prays and he gets up and he staggers a few more Stephanie falls down again to get 70 staggers for a few more. Stephanie falls down, he prayed. Hebrews chapter 5 refers more than likely that that event in his life where it it informs us that Jesus prayed with Lau crying and tears. He feels the injustice of these unfolding events and he is yes fully God, but he is also falling humanity any act advisors over his abandonment. David prophetically him said that unjust proceeding against him down in verse 11. When I make when I made sackcloth my clothing is literally strip them out, covered with that which signifies morning and anguish when was that verse 11 tells us when I became a byword to them that ideas someone is being mocked and ridiculed and insulted verse 12. Those who sit at the gate talk about masonry contextualizes this particular agonizing moment when he is mocked and ridiculed by those at J that gives us a big clue. Gates is a reference to those in leadership in the cities and that day. Those of you been to Israel. You have been to the gate. It's the administrative center and those who held positions of authority were those represented by the gate. The highest authority in Israel. Of course, was the Sanhedrin and the high priest that carried out his their verdict. The gate would be a place than where justice and truth was supposed to be upheld but for our Lord.
Those at the gates are abandoning him. Those at the gates are insulting their marketing so wanted to pause and retrace those particular steps in the Gospels turned to John 18, John 18 hold your finger in Psalm 69 verse 12 were told in verse 12, and I'll summarize that they they lead him from the garden.
They've arrested and are taking him. Verse 13 to Annas. First, for he was father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year. Now, it isn't hard by the way, to understand why Annas wanted to see Jesus. He was the most powerful man in Jerusalem. He served as the high priest 20 years earlier still basically had control over virtually everything religious Annas control the temple system and we study that in our last discussion remember where he he he basically control the marketplace of the temple where the system and it was actually conceived of and developed by Annas extorted from for the most part, poverty-stricken people somewhere around $400 million year at Passover member.
The fees and costs to get in and then the temple livestock that they would have to purchase and Jesus was the one who earlier had come into the temple to do it all over scattered everybody, even the livestock and made the statement that this house had been converted into a den of what these will Annas is in charge of this den of thieves. So in this highly irregular a procedure he wants a crack in Jesus before anybody else gets and eventually after a little interrogation where the Lord basically challenges him he will be taken to the Sanhedrin Sanhedrin often called the 71 composed of 23 priests and 23 elders and 23 scribes in the appointed high priest and then the Roman appointment to serve sort of as a puppet.
Interesting that in Mark chapter 14, Jesus is effectively telling the disciples. He says that he has to go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things at the hands of the elders and the chief priests and the scribes what is effectively telling them as I am going to stand before the Sanhedrin so that they can kill. He says in Mark 14 now in the chaos of all abilities taken out of the garden and is is a crack at him, and Jesus challenges him. I may refer to that in a moment or two, but then the Sanhedrin has gathered. The Sanhedrin is effectively the Supreme Court of Israel, and they have laws that they follow these laws to uphold their system of justice.
And yet when David writes in Psalm 69 that he will bear injustice and shame will cover his face by these at the gate he's talking about the Messiah, will one day stand before the authorities of Israel and Beezus and be dishonored and it is a rather interesting process that I believe will only shed more light on the preciousness of our Savior, so let me let me briefly cover for you. Several violations of Hebrew law, whereby the Sanhedrin met with Jesus and will touch down a few gospel accounts give you several laws that they violated their more, but I'm in a whittle it down to four, five, number one, it was against Jewish law for any trial to be held at night secretly, which is exactly what Jesus is pointing out to Annas as he is being interrogated. In fact if you look at verse 20 John 18 Find Your Way there and the high priest Annas is questioning Jesus about his teaching and Jesus answers him and he says this what I have spoken openly to the world. There is a subtle statement there.
What I have said is in the open right it's all out in the open are no secrets here all out there for everyone to see.
I spoke nothing in secret in the in the competitors is why do you question me and there is the implication that he's saying I've spoken in the open, why are you questioning me in secret. This is a violation of oil and say that is not to defend himself, but it's implicit. Secondly, another law they violate is that they never require the accused to speed, and I just want to put a pause here for just a pause. This what is the greatest insult you have ever received what what is the greatest insult. He never had to endure. What is your deepest injury against her character or person body is your greatest injury.
What accusations have you had thrown at you that you knew were not close to the truth. Doesn't the desire to speak on your behalf come to mind. This is the desire to eventually get around to where they take a breath and you say will let me tell you, and you set the record straight. Jesus Christ here in this scene in the middle of the night is in the right but he is willing to be wrong and he remained silent but back to a theme that I'm tracing in this CNX, how did he feel about this little turned back subtle allusion place. But here's what David writes in Psalm 69 verse 17 oh ransom me because of my enemies. Thou dost know my reproach and my shame and my designer all my adversaries are in front of that's how we felt in the third law. They violated the law. The two witnesses have to agree exactly in their testimony. And with that in mind I want you to notice the horror of this text. Look at verse 59 go back to verse 59. Now the chief priests and the whole counsel that is the entire Sanhedrin kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus in order that they might put him there trying to find somebody to lie. Trouble is, Mark's gospel informs us that many were giving false testimony, but their testimony was not consistent. Where do you get reliable witnesses at midnight who will be willing to enter into an illegal trial and lied consistently working to find the guys like that they can find in there trying the entire counsel to set aside the role of defendant so they can kill another laws violated. Fourthly, the Sanhedrin was not allowed to demand that the accused incriminated himself no we we call it today. We actually do that is called pleading the what the fifth. Many of you done that don't raise your hand.
It was a joke. Okay Hebrew allowed Hebrew law allowed Jesus to remain silent. You want required to incriminate yourself now to this moment Caiaphas does something unusual. This is basically his last chance against Jesus before dawn if you look at the last part of her 63, the high priest said to him, I sure you by the living God that you tell us whether you are the Christ, the son of God.
What Caiaphas does hear the places Jesus, under oath, and he sets due process aside and demands that Jesus incriminate himself now. Jesus could have remained silent.
This is an illegal require.
But it is only now where Jesus speaks and I want to tell you had a time, just as he had earlier helped the soldiers identify him in the garden so they could arrest just as he willingly allowed Judas to come and give him a kiss so he is now going to literally help the Sanhedrin condemn himself and that we speaks for 64 Jesus said to you have set it yourself what it he said goodbye to verse 53 tell us whether you are the Christ, the anointed Messiah, the son of God and Jesus said you got it right to exactly who I and now what he does is go even further that he adds verse 64 nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven. Usually saying not only am I the son of God. Like you said, the anointed Messiah, which by the way you are rejecting. I am the fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy. I am the Son of Man. I am effectively the fulfillment of every messianic song this nation is been singing for centuries and by claiming that title Son of Man, he is saying I am going to come, the Prince of God one day back to work and shot humanity.
Why is he saying is helping condemn because this way. Jesus and his speaking then gives them cause the claim he is blaspheming claiming to be God in the flesh. This midnight illegal courtroom drama reveals to me the amazing unstoppable love and purpose of Christ in fulfilling the plan of our triune God father son and Spirit to come to earth to bare our sins in his body on the tree and he doesn't allow himself to go free. At this point it's time he hands them with the fifth law, the Sanhedrin violates here is the death penalty by the Sanhedrin could only be delivered after the court spent an entire day fasting and praying Jewish records reveal that none of the 71 were to eat anything or drink anything and that's what it symbolizes the Supreme Court's agony over the future of a man condemned to die. But for this Sanhedrin.
You notice how immediate the verdict is the high priest calls for a vote of 66.
He asks the court what you think and they answered and said he is deserving death.
Not even a brief prayer to mediate. No deliberation, no fasting or praying for wisdom not here so here's what happens next for 67 then they spat in his face and beat him with their fists and other slapped him and said prophesied to us in Christ who is the one who hit you. Mark's gospel explains that the reason they're asking him to prophesies because before they begin to do this the blindfold so we can see and then they hit him. They slap they punch they spit on. They mocked him, and then they say though who among us that the supreme court of Israel descends into a vicious mob of 70 and what's going through the mind and the heart of Jesus as he feel listened to what David writes in verse 20. You might want to go back to Psalm 69 verse 20 reproach has broken my heart and I am so sick just I looked for sympathy. There was none, and for comforters, but I found none. David moves us from Gethsemane and from the scenes of an unjust trial to the very hill of Calvary. Becky writes in the next versus amazing messianic prophecy that David did not experience but Jesus will the son of David notice this, they gave me golf for my food. Notice this phrase and for my thirst.
They gave me vinegar to drink hundred amazingly specific prophecy that will come true.
Centuries later, Jesus refuses that you remember he will not allow anything to do all his pain because he doesn't want anything to dollars mind. Yes, extremely significant things to say from across and not the least of which is to offer an everlasting pardon to the hanging next to, but eventually he cries out. I thirst and were told in John's Gospel chapter 19 that there's a jar of sour wine or vinegar nearby. They dip the sponge into the jar, which would be there practice and then put it on a branch of of his about 18 inches long and brought it up to his mouth is wonderfully ironic. By the way there's no anesthetic and that is sour set for parched which David said Jesus would no coincidence that according to Old Testament commands. It was his sip that was commanded to brush the blood on the door posts of those slave quarters in Egypt.
On that first Passover. It is his sip that is connected with the ceremonially cleansing process of water with animals that are going to be sacrificed.
Interesting to me that he is effectively given drink by means of his.
But isn't it striking to you that Jesus here where he talks about David doesn't Psalm 6130s. He's thirsty that Jesus would cry out. Centuries later, I I thirst magic Jesus begins his public ministry, hungry, and he ends his public ministry, thirsty. He began his ministry hungry.
He ends his ministry thirst, so that you and I who hunger for his righteousness who hunger for forgiveness who hunger for an eternal hope of the righteousness of Christ can be everlasting satisfied much earlier. By the way John is informed us that Jesus has announced, if any man thirsts, let him come unto me, and drink, and he will never thirst again John for ever thought about the fact that the very last invitation to mankind at the end of Revelation.
The last chapter.
It ends with the invitation. So let so let the one who is thirsty, let the one who wishes to take the water of life taken without costs in the book just about after that it because Jesus Christ was willing to suffer hunger and thirst because Jesus Christ is willing to be tried before the gate. You and I will never have to be tried before the gate of heaven because Jesus Christ is condemned by man's injustice. We never need fear being condemned by heaven justice. None of us would stand a chance because Jesus Christ experienced the wrath of unrighteous men. We never fear facing the wrath of a righteous God. Those who believe in him. Here's our future. Psalm 69 and I go there. Verse 34 let heaven and earth praise him the season. Everything that moves in them, for God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, they may dwell there. This is kingdom now.
Prophecy possesses and descendents of his servants will inherit those who love his name will dwell in it just takes us through this scheme, Cisco of the Messiah's agony. Make sure he ends the coming kingdom. We will inhabit Jerusalem fathers man of sorrows.
What a name for the son of God, ruined sinners to reclaim hallelujah what a safe lifted up, was he to die. It is finished was his cry now and have been exulted high.
Hallelujah. When he comes our glorious King all his ransom ones then knew this song will sit sick with that bring this lesson and this series to a close. This is wisdom for the hearts with Steve and Davey.
Today's lesson was called abandoned at the gate and it comes from a series of select Psalms entitled the song volume 2.
If you missed any of the lessons in this series, you can go back and get caught up because we've posted them to our website. The song, volume 2, is available in our online store or you can call us today and we can help you over the phone. Our number here in the office is 86 648 Bible or 866-482-4253. Our website is wisdom online.org next time.
Stephen's going to shift gears and take us to the end of the Bible to be looking at the book of Revelation and looking specifically at a series on the antichrist. Join us for that here was