Matthew 27 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Final Hours: Trial, Execution and Burial – #8 Matthew 27:38-44 – The Mob’s Abuse
|| Mark 15:27-32; Luke 23:35-37
MT27:38 Two thieves were put on stakes at the same time with Jesus, one to his right and one to his left. MT27:39 Now those traveling passed blasphemed Jesus, wagging their heads, [Psalm 22:7] MT27:40 and calling out, “The person who said ‘tear the Temple down and in three days’ – save yourself! If you are a son of The God come down from the stake.” MT27:41 Also, the religious hierarchy made sport of Jesus. The Scribes and [Jewish] elders said: MT27:42 “He saved others… but he cannot save himself! He is ‘king of Israel’! [If] he comes down from the stake we will believe in him! MT27:43 He trusted The God! Let [God] rescue him if He wants! Because he said, ‘I am Son of The God!’” MT27:44 From their own stakes, even the thieves were reproaching Jesus, saying the very same things.
 Thieves: Or, MON: robbers; PME: bandits.
 Blasphemed: The Greek is E-BLASPHEMOUN. Or, KJV: reviled; NEB: hurled abuse; MOF: derision.
 Wagging their heads: The Greek is KINOUNTES TAS KEPHALAS. Compare the third century Jewish Greek Septuagint (LXX) at Psalm 22:7 – EKINESAN KEPHALEN, “They keep opening their mouths wide, they keep wagging their head.” Psalm 22 foretells a public execution where eyewitnesses make fun and attack the victim.
 Tear the Temple down: Clearly the erroneous accusation had spread widely.
 Made sport of: Or, MON: kept taunting him; MOF: made fun of him.
 He trusted The God: Compare Psalm 22:8, “He committed himself to Yehowah. Let Him provide him with escape!”
 Because he said: Mark 15:32 adds, “Let the Christ the King of Israel now come down.” Luke 23:39-43 adds, But one of the hung evildoers began to say abusively to him: “You are the Christ, are you not? Save yourself and us.” In reply the other rebuked him and said: “Do you not fear God at all, now that you are in the same judgment? And we, indeed, justly so, for we are receiving in full what we deserve for things we did; but this [man] did nothing out of the way.” And he went on to say: “Jesus, remember me when you get into your kingdom.” And he said to him: “Truly I tell you today, You will be with me in Paradise.” (NWT; compare Lamsa)
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