182 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 1 - Part 2 - Book 16 - His Arrest & His Suffering

182: His Arrest & His Suffering – Lesson 1 Part 2 Book 16

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LESSON 1 * PART 2 * BOOK 16

HIS ARREST, HIS SUFFERING

You will never feel sweeter fellowship than at one of these classes, just being with fellow believers. It’s extra special when folks come out on week nights to study together because that means they love The Book and are hungry for The Word, not because they want to hear me. Let’s pick up in the garden where Jesus is speaking.

Matthew 26:55,56

“In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, `Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled,’ Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.”

They ran like scared rabbits. But these same men, after the Resurrection had no such fear. What made the difference? The power of Resurrection. We may look at that power in the next lesson where the apostle Paul writes in Philippians 3:10, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection,…” That’s where it’s all at in this Age of Grace. Before that, the Resurrection hasn’t been mentioned and is not part of that Kingdom Gospel. But in the Age of Grace it become the very foundation. Some teachers and preachers have problems with His Resurrection. But if they have a problem with the Resurrection, they’ll have a problem getting into glory. Because unless you can believe the Resurrection you have no salvation and no hope. That’s what the Scripture says. I’m always quoting I Corinthians 15:1-4 (just look at it and it will bear me out). I want to move on now through Chapter 26, through His mock trial, and Peter’s denials and the cock crowing. Chapter 27. Now they bring Him before the Governor, the Roman authority.

Matthew 27:11a

“And Jesus stood before the governor:…”

Think about that. Who is He? The Creator! We have the Creator of these very men who are sitting in judgment over Him. And there He stands meek as a lamb, not saying a word. One word and He could have annihilated the whole city of Jerusalem. Remember, here Jesus stood before the Roman authority, but one day that same Roman authority will stand before Him. As will Presidents, and Kings. Go to Revelation Chapter 20. We are living in a day of such gross unbelief, where they scoff at this Book. They don’t realize how meticulously and supernaturally this whole Book is put together. Human intellect could never have done it. But here it is in Revelation 20:11. At the end of time for the human experience; eternity is about to begin.

Revelation 20:11,12

“And I saw a great white throne, and him (Christ) that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God;”

Do you see the reversal now? Back in Matthew, God was standing before the Roman Government. Never forget that Christ was God. Christ laid aside His glory but never His Deity. Unless that Governor was saved (and we don’t know about that), he will stand before Christ and Christ will be The Judge. So all men, great and small, who have not experienced salvation, will one day stand before Him to face their eternal doom. Back to Matthew Chapter 27 again. The Nation of Israel is on trial more than Jesus is:

Matthew 27:15

“Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.” They now cry out they want to release Barabbas rather than Jesus. Pilate keeps trying to convince the crowd that he can find nothing wrong with Jesus.

Matthew 27:24,25

“When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing (he couldn’t get anywhere with them), but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, `I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.'” Do you think he is? No way. Pilate, too, one day will stand before the righteous Judge. He will have to admit he could have done what he didn’t do. Verse 25 is crucial, especially as it pertains to the Nation of Israel. “Then answered all the people (Jewish crowd, remember Jerusalem is packed because of the feast day), and said, `His blood be on us, and on our children.'” Isn’t that amazing? What a horrible statement. They are ready to pass this on to generations to come. And was it passed on? Absolutely. The Jews have been suffering for almost 2000 years, and it’s not over.

Again, I had the young Jewish man that watches our programs in Hollywood call the other day. He’s a Judaistic Jew and not a believing Jew. He realizes that time is short and we’re close to the end. I asked him if he realizes the horrors that are facing his nation. He told me he did; however he doesn’t think that the Tribulation is going to be seven years long, but while it does last, he knows the nation is going to go through some very tough times. And all because they had rejected their Messiah when He was offered to them back here in the Four Gospels. Let’s look at verse 27:

Matthew 27:27

“Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldier. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.” This was done in mockery.

Matthew 27:29

“And when they had platted a crown of thorns (these were big thorns, like found on the thorny locust tree. If you have ever been stuck by a thorn you know how it hurts and acts like a poison), they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, `Hail, King of the Jews (imagine, before the Creator God).'”

Matthew 27:30-36

“And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull. They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall; and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled (in the Book of Psalms) which was spoken by the prophet, `They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there:'”

They watched Him like they were watching some kind of entertainment. Let’s go to Isaiah Chapter 52 for a moment. It wasn’t just the physical abuse that caused this but also the spiritual. Remember God is laying on Christ all the sin of mankind. That, coupled with the physical abuse at the hands of the Romans, left these results:

Isaiah 52:14

As many were astonied at thee; his visage (appearance) was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:”

Or more than anyone had ever experienced before. Keep in mind that this was the last picture His followers saw of Him as He hung on the Cross. He was so totally disfigured – almost to the point of not looking human. Remember that because when Mary sees Him standing, and thinks He’s the gardener, she couldn’t comprehend at her first glance Who It really was. Back to Matthew 27:

Matthew 27:37

“And set up over his head his accusation written, `THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.'” You have to look at what each of the Four Gospels says about this verse. Put them all together and see how it reads. All four will give a few different words. These words when put together were, “THIS IS JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

Matthew 27:38

“Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand and another on the left.” Everyone knows this account. How the one turned to Him and recognized Who He was.

Matthew 27:45,46

“Now from the sixth hour (noon) there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour (3:00pm).” In those three hours there is no record of Jesus saying a single word.

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say `My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?'” I’m emphasizing this three hour period because I want to tie that in with one of the acts on the Day of Atonement. I feel that it was fulfilled during these three hours. We’ll come to that in a future lesson. I think there is a reason why this three hour period was silent and dark.

Matthew 27:50

“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.”

He gave up His own life although Peter in Acts Chapter 2 will tell the Nation of Israel, “You killed the Messiah.” In other aspects of Scripture we feel the Romans put Him to death. But in reality neither one did. No one took His life. He gave it up of His own free will. They couldn’t have taken His life if they had wanted to.

Matthew 27:51

“And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake. and the rocks rent:”

Many people miss this part. The veil was that part in the Tabernacle, and later in the Temple, that separated the sanctuary, (in which the priest ministered daily from the Holy of Holies), wherein was the Ark of the Covenant. It was behind the veil that Aaron, the High Priest, would go once a year on the Day of Atonement. After Solomon’s Temple was built that veil was thick and heavy. I believe Josephus indicated that a team of Oxen couldn’t have ripped it apart. And yet the verse says it was ripped from the top to the bottom. The reason from the“Top to the Bottom” is to prove that this was something that men had nothing to do with. This was an act of a miracle-working God. Indicating now that the way into the presence of God had been made possible by His death. The veil in symbolism spoke of His body of flesh. It was the suffering of the body of flesh that made it possible for mankind to come into the very throne room of Heaven boldly anytime we want. Nevertheless the Jews didn’t understand this. They sewed it back up and went on their way with Temple worship as though nothing had happened, not realizing why the veil had rent.

Matthew 27:52,53

“And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves (not while Christ was on the Cross but when?) after his resurrection.”

Christ had to be the first One. This is an absolute Scriptural mandate. No one had ever been resurrected from the dead before Christ was. He was the first! Those people in Scripture who had died and were brought back to life had each died again. But Christ’s Resurrection opened the door to life after death. It had to begin with the Creator Himself. These are just basic doctrines that you have to rest on. To show the power of His Resurrection, and in order to fulfill the Firstfruits, we also see others were resurrected after His Resurrection. They went into the holy city of Jerusalem and appeared unto many. I know the Scripture doesn’t tell us what happened to them, but they had to have gone on up into glory.

Remember the Jews are still frustrated and asked that extra guards be placed around the tomb of Jesus. They are going make sure that the tomb is going to be sealed because they remembered He had said, that after three days, He would rise again. So they sealed it and put those extra guards around the tomb. They did everything humanly possible so that the disciples couldn’t come in and steal His body and then claim He had risen from the dead. Oh the frustration of simple men. How they think that they can withstand a Holy and mighty God, and people haven’t changed. We’ve got world leaders tonight that think they can tell God what to do back there in the Middle East. And we that it will never work.

181 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 1 - Part 1 - Book - 16 - They Did Not Know

181: They Did Not Know – Lesson 1 Part 1 Book 16

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LESSON 1 * PART 1 * BOOK 16

THEY DID NOT KNOW

Let’s continue through the Four Gospels – Christ’s earthly ministry. Remember this is still under the Law. The Temple is still operating and Jesus is not permitting Gentiles to participate in His ministry. All the Abrahamic Covenants and promises are still in effect. So it’s Jew only. Our basic doctrine is that salvation is by faith alone in the finished work of the Cross. But the finished work of the Cross hasn’t been accomplished here. So they couldn’t be preaching that, nor were they supposed to preach that. Luke Chapter 9 shows that even the Twelve, after being with Jesus for nearly three years, didn’t understand the Cross. Here Jesus is speaking:

Luke 9:44,45

“Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men. But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying.” They couldn’t even get up the courage to ask Him, “What are you talking about?” Turn to Luke 18 for more:

Luke 18:31-34

“Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, `Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death; and the third day he shall rise again.'” Now Jesus is speaking of Himself. Verse 34:

“And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid (by a Sovereign God, it wasn’t time for them to understand) from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.”

They had no idea that in a few days He would be crucified. Let’s look at John Chapter 20. After the Crucifixion they are now at the tomb on the Resurrection morning and the Scripture again makes it so plain that they didn’t know. The setting here, of course, is Peter and John running to the sepulchre after Mary had told them that it was empty. And they look in and are amazed.

John 20:9

“For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.”

If they had no idea that He was going to be crucified (and He was now raised from the dead), how in the world could they have been preaching our Gospel back there in His earthly ministry. Well, there was no way. Yet this is what’s been shoved down our throats; most have been taught that our Gospel came on the scene as soon as Jesus did. As you can see, that’s impossible. The Old Testament was full of it. Some people have counted about 360 different references of His first coming; His death, burial, and Resurrection; His ascension and His Second Coming. But always remember it was in such veiled language they didn’t know what it was. The prophets themselves couldn’t understand. We can now, since we have the whole Book. But they couldn’t. Now let’s look at Paul’s letter in I Corinthians Chapter 2. I think this put it so appropriately.

I had one gentleman call and he didn’t think that I should take the time to let people look up the references. He said, “My, that thirty minutes goes so fast.” But if he could only see how many people have written; one gentleman even showed me as he came to one of the classes, how that they sit and follow every one of those references with us. They write them down and make notes of them. So I purposefully slow down and give you time to look things up here in the studio. Hopefully our folk out there in their living rooms will do the same. I don’t want people to lean on what I say. All I want folks to know is what the Book says – that is what counts. Alright, Paul is writing to the Corinthians then in Chapter 2 verse 7:

I Corinthians 2:7

“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery (now there’s that secret, there’s that hiding aspect that God has hidden some of these things), even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

I think Paul’s just being less than proud of his own efforts so he uses the plural pronoun, but I’m sure that he’s speaking of himself. He could have just as well said, `Unto my glory.’ But now verse 8: this wisdom has now has been revealed unto the Apostle Paul:

I Corinthians 2:8

“Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” They didn’t know.

I’ve been stressing ever since we came into the New Testament that the whole reason for Christ performing all of these miracles and signs was to prove to the Nation of Israel Who He was.

John 20:30,31

“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life through his name.”

That He was The Christ, the promised Messiah. And all they had to do was just believe that. That was their article of faith if I may put it that way. And we have shown that in previous programs. Let’s use Peter, Mary, and the Eunuch for examples. Jesus asked the Twelve again just shortly before His Crucifixion:

Matthew 16:13b-16

“…Whom do men say that I the son of man, am? And they said, `Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.’ He saith unto them, `But whom say ye that I am?’ And Simon Peter answered and said, `Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.'”

And what do I always put behind that? Period. He doesn’t say, `The one that died for me, was buried, and rose from the dead,’ which, of course, is our Gospel here in the Church Age as found in I Corinthians 15:1-4. And then we have Martha at the death of Lazarus, weeping and in sorrow because The Lord didn’t come quick enough to spare him. And you know the story. Jesus told Martha that:

John 11:23-27

“…Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, `I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.’ Jesus said unto her, `I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?’ She saith unto him, `Yea Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, …'”

Remember that’s all that was expected of them to believe. Nothing else had been revealed. Now to Acts Chapter 8. Here we have the proselyte Ethiopian Eunuch, and Philip shows him out of Isaiah 53 Who the prophet was talking about. He explains that it was this Jesus who had now gone up and down the highways and byways of Israel proving Who He was. And again Philip brings the Eunuch to the same place:

Acts 8:36,37

“And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, `See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?’ And Philip said, `If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest,’ And he (Eunuch) answered and said, `I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.'”

That was their profession of faith. And it was all still under the Law. Alright, but now we are coming up to Jerusalem. And it’s the final days leading up to the Crucifixion. And everything is getting ready for the Jewish feast – the week of Passover.

Matthew 26:1-5

“And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings (these were the ones that we talked about in the last lesson, which were prophecy, where He laid out all the things that would come to pass before He would come and set up His Kingdom), he said unto his disciples, `Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.’ Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. But they said, `Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.'”

Not during this whole week of feasts is what it amounted to. It wasn’t just one day, but the whole week of Unleavened Bread. The Sovereign God was in control. Go to Psalms Chapter 2. In God’s Sovereign plan there was only one way for Christ to be put to death and that was at the hands of not just the Jew, which it would have been had the High Priest let the people kill Him. It had to also involve the Gentile in order to fulfill, explicitly, Psalms Chapter 2.

Psalms 2:1,2

“Why do the heathen rage (now who are the heathen in Scripture? Gentiles, the non Jew), and the people (and who are they? The Jews. So now you have the whole human race involved. You have the Gentile world as well as the Nation of Israel) imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves (we know that it was Rome. David didn’t know that when he wrote this. But now we know that at that time, the kings of the world were the Caesars and the rulers of Rome. They set themselves, not just the Gentile rulers, but who else?), and the rulers (who are they referring to? The religious rulers of Israel. So now you have the Gentile rulers which was Rome, and the religious rulers of Israel) they take counsel (now what’s the next word?) together,…”

That’s all important. It wasn’t just a Jewish phenomena. It wasn’t just a Roman thing. Prophesy had dictated that they would work hand in glove to reject the King. And so we have it as we come into the Four Gospel accounts. Back to Matthew Chapter 26 once again.

Matthew 26:5

“But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.”

I hope you all realize that the Sabbath day, the Saturday, was not a day of sacrifice. Never in Israel’s history did they sacrifice animals on the Sabbath. I know that a lot of us have gotten the idea that the Sabbath was a day of worship, and sacrificing and ritual. No it wasn’t. There is no record of them ever sacrificing or killing an animal on the Sabbath day.

Transcriber’s note: Les made the statement above in 1996, and heard no more about it until 2004. At that time, a listener in Ohio was doing some research and found that there was sacrifice on the Sabbath, and called it to the attention of the ministry. (Numbers 28:9-10 and perhaps other places.) Les has always shared with the television audience that when he makes a statement as the program is being taped, he is stuck with that statement until the next taping. This is because unlike high dollar polished programs where they can edit out mistakes, this program is not edited. Les tries very hard to be very accurate, but occasionally, since he is human, mistakes can be made, usually in the area of the Law and Israel’s rituals. However, you will not find Les making a mistake on things that pertain to your eternal destiny. Les always shares straight from the risen Lord that one must believe Paul’s Gospel in one’s heart for salvation, as found in I Corinthians 15:1-4. Now back to the lesson.

And, consequently, as we’re going to be taking a look at it, the Passover could not have been a Saturday Passover, because it would have flown in the face of everything that took place before. This may shock a few of you, but I do these things to get people to dig in the Scriptures.. You go back into the Old Testament and you’ll never find that the Jews offered an animal sacrifice on the Sabbath. The Sabbath was a day of rest, not a day of worship. That’s why they weren’t supposed to pick up sticks, let alone carry an animal up and have it sacrificed. We’ll be looking at that a little more in detail when we get further along.

Matthew 26:6,7

“Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment,…”

I want to point something out in these final days leading up to the Crucifixion. I want you to, in your own study, use all of the Four Gospels and begin to pick out every time He goes back to Bethany to spend the night. Bethany is just outside the city of Jerusalem. He goes back into the Temple again the next day. And that’s His schedule throughout those days leading up to His Crucifixion. So here again, He is back in Bethany for the evening. And in comes this lady with the box of precious ointment:

Matthew 26:7b

“…and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat (or food).” And the disciples were rather distraught. Now verse 9:

Matthew 26:9-11

“For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, `Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.'”

My, if the sociologists could just get that through their head, and just realize that this world will always have poor people and nothing they can do will stop it. Don’t think I don’t have a heart for the poor. I can be in the supermarket line and it just tears me up to see a young mother peel out that cash, and you can tell just by looking at her that she doesn’t have much. I’m not belittling the poor. But what I’m saying is that the Word of God says you will never get rid of that situation. They have been part of society from the beginning and will be until The Lord comes back again.

Matthew 26:12

“For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.”

Remember after death, the body was anointed with ointments and perfumes. So Jesus says, “She’s doing this in view of my burial.” Did they know what Jesus was talking about? No. We’ve already looked at those verses. And I’m not convinced that this lady that anointed Jesus knew that she was putting on a burial ointment.

Matthew 26:13

“Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel (that’s the Kingdom Gospel. That He was The Christ) shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.” And, of course, just about everyone in Christendom has heard of this woman.

As an overview now, we come through these events in Chapter 26 where Judas makes the deal with the High Priest to betray Jesus. We see Jesus foretells Peters denying Him three times. I don’t know how many of you know that in Matthew, Mark and Luke we have what we call the Synoptic Gospels, and they deal primarily with His humanity side of everything. But John’s Gospel deals with Deity. So you will find that a lot of the things that are covered in the Synoptic Gospels are not mentioned in John. For example the “Temptations” and “His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.” That was part of His human suffering. So you might want to study that aspect as you study your Bible. Now as we come to His arrest, everyone knows it all so well, the thing I want to point out first and foremost is the human race hasn’t changed a bit. Whenever totalitarian governments come on the scene and begin to arrest their people, what time of day do they most generally do it? Nighttime. Why? Because it’s a mental thing. It’s one thing to have someone knock on your door in the daytime. But it’s something else for them to knock on it at 2:00A.M. It’s traumatic. It’s the same way here. What time of the day do they choose to arrest Jesus? Nighttime. This was so typical.

You know the account of how Judas had betrayed Jesus, and had led the soldiers. And here is another amazing thing. Jesus was so meek and so compassionate, and yet how many soldiers did they bring to arrest Him? It must have been at least a hundred because the military term speaks of 600, but that doesn’t mean they all came for this arrest. Now let’s look at verse 48:

Matthew 26:48-50

“Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, `Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.’ And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, `Hail, master; and kissed him.’ And Jesus said unto him, `Friend, wherefore art thou come?…'” I’ve commented over the years that Jesus many times responded with a question. Not because He didn’t know, because at the last supper that was settled.

If we get into the study of the “Last Supper,” I’ll probably bring out some of the things that took place there. For example, contrary again to what most people think, the last supper was not the Passover lamb. The Passover lamb wouldn’t have been killed until the next afternoon (Friday), and then eaten later that afternoon. It was simply the last supper that He had enjoyed with His disciples. It was not the Passover. I just wanted to make that point. Now back to verse 50. Remember Jesus calls Judas “friend.” I have always maintained that this term was such a term of endearment. The margins in some Bibles will even use the word “comrade.” What was Jesus still extending to this demonic man Judas? An opportunity to repent! Judas was not yet given up on, and He gives him that opportunity by addressing him with this term of endearment. And Judas at that moment still turned, he could have still not had to suffer the doom that he did.

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