“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Matthew 27, “The Guard At THE TOMB”

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“Jesus Christ The Messiah And The Holy One”

“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton 

“The Guard At THE TOMB,”  Matthew 27:62) Now The Next Day, That Followed THE DAY OF PREPARATION, The Chief Priests And Pharisees Came Together Unto Pilate,  63) Saying, Sir, We Remember That That Deceiver SAID, WHILE HE WAS YET ALIVE, AFTER THREE DAYS I WILL RISE AGAIN.  Psalm 2:1-6.  64) Command Therefore That THE SEPULCHRE Be Made Sure (Secure) UNTIL THE THIRD DAY, Lest HIS DISCIPLES Come By Night, And Steal HIM Away, And Say Unto The People, HE IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD:  So The Last Error (Deception) Shall Be Worse Than The First.  64) Pilate Said Unto Them, Ye Have A Watch (Guard):  Go Your Way, Make It As Sure (Secure) As Ye Can.  66) So They Went, And Made THE SEPULCHRE Sure, Sealing The Stone, And Setting A Watch (Guard).

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v62, The next day was The Sabbath.  The chief priests were Sadducees.  The Pharisees and the Sadducees’ common animosity toward JESUS united them.  v63, The Sadducees’ and Pharisees described THE LORD JESUS AS that deceiver when, in reality, they were the deceivers (26:4) and hypocrites (23;13; 15, 23, 25, 27, 29).   v64, For emphasis, the verb secure (or, sure) is used three times in vv. 64–66.  v65, The noun translated guard (watch) is a Latin word, since the soldiers were Romans and not part of The Temple guard.  v66, To emphasize the impossibility of anyone stealing THE BODY OF JESUS, Matthew emphasized that THE TOMB WAS SEALED (see Daniel 6:17). 

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible –  v63, Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver SAID  Meaning JESUS; for no better name could they give HIM alive or dead, and they chose to continue it; and the rather to use it before Pilate, who had a good opinion of HIS INNOCENCE; and to let him see, that they still retained the same sentiments of HIM: (tyom) , “a deceiver”, is with the Jews F24,  “a private person, that deceives a private person; saying to him there is a God in such a place, so it eats, and so it drinks; so it does well, and so it does ill.”  BUT WHICH CAN NEVER AGREE WITH JESUS, WHO WAS NOT A PRIVATE PERSON, BUT A PUBLIC PREACHER; AND WHO TAUGHT MEN, NOT PRIVATELY, BUT OPENLY, IN THE TEMPLE AND IN THE SYNAGOGUES; NOR DID HE TEACH IDOLATRY, OR ANY THING CONTRARY TO THE GOD OF ISRAEL, OR TO THE UNITY OF THE DIVINE BEING; OR ENCOURAGED THE POLYTHEISM (WORSHIP OF MORE THAN ONE GOD) OF THE GENTILES.  The Ethiopic version renders these words thus; “Sir, remember” as if CHRIST had said this to Pilate in their hearing, and therefore put him in mind of it.  WHILE HE WAS YET ALIVE;  So That They Owned That HE WAS DEAD; AND THEREFORE COULD NOT OBJECT TO THE TRUTH OF HIS RESURRECTION, (*And That It Be Said) HE Was Taken Down From The Cross Alive, And Did Not Die: AFTER THREE DAYS I WILL RISE AGAIN:  now, (*This) HE SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES PRIVATELY, ( Matthew 16:21 )   ( 17:23 ) , yet not clearly and expressly to the Scribes and Pharisees; wherefore they must either have it from Judas, and lied in saying they remembered it: or they gathered it either from what HE SAID CONCERNING THE SIGN OF THE PROPHET Jonas, ( Matthew 12:40 ) , OR RATHER FROM HIS OWN WORDS IN ( John 2:19 ) , and if so, They Acted A Most Wicked Part, In Admitting A Charge Against HIM, as having a design upon their Temple, to destroy It, and then rebuild it in three days; when they knew THOSE WORDS WERE SPOKEN BY HIM CONCERNING HIS DEATH, AND RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD (*NOT THE TEMPLE):  they remembered THIS, when the disciples did not: bad men have sometimes good memories, and good men bad ones; so that memory is no SIGN OF GRACE.  v64,  Command therefore that THE SEPULCHRE be made sure (secure)  By this also they own, that HE WAS BURIED; and they knew in what, and whose sepulchre HE WAS LAID, and where it was; and request of Pilate, that as he had given leave to Joseph to take the body and inter it, that he would also give orders that THE SEPULCHRE might be watched, that no body might come near it, and remove the body, and that  UNTIL THE THIRD DAY:  not from the time they made this request, but from THE TIME OF CHRIST’S DEATH; for no longer did they desire THE SEPULCHRE to be guarded; for if HE did not rise, and no pretensions could be made to it in that time, they then very likely intended to expose HIS DEAD BODY, and triumph over HIM as an impostor; and after that time, they cared not what became of IT, and were in no concern about watching THE SEPULCHRE; but till then they judged IT necessary and desired it,  lest HIS DISCIPLES come by night, and STEAL HIM AWAY:  but of this there was no danger; they were too fearful and timorous to do such an action, had they been ever so much inclined to it; they all FORSOOK HIM and fled immediately upon HIS apprehension; nor durst any of them appear at the time of HIS CRUCIFIXION, but John; and were now shut up for fear of the Jews; and besides, they had forgot what CHRIST SAID To Them About HIS RESSURECTION, though these men remembered It, and even disbelieved It when It was told them: the phrase “by night”, is not in two copies of Beza’s, nor in the Vulgate Latin and Arabic versions, nor in Munster’s Hebrew Gospel; but is in other copies, and in the Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions: and say unto the people, HE IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD;  to the common people, that were illiterate, credulous, and easily imposed on: as for themselves, who were the learned, the wise and knowing, they were in no danger of being carried away with such a deception; but the populace, for whom they pretend a great concern, were:  so the last error (deception) shall be worse than the first;  either their own error and mistake, should THE SEPULCHRE be neglected, and an opportunity given for such a report; this would be of more fatal consequence than their first mistake, in suffering HIM and his followers to go on so long: or rather, the error of the people, in believing that JESUS WAS THE MESSIAH; which would be greatly strengthened and received by greater numbers, should it be given out, and there was any PROOF OF IT, THAT HE WAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD: nor were they mistaken in THIS, FOR THE NUMBER OF THE DISCIPLES AND FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST GREATLY INCREASED AFTER HIS RESURRECTION; TO AN HUNDRED AND TWENTY, WHICH WAS THEIR NUMBER UPON CHRIST’S RESURRECTION, THREE THOUSAND WERE ADDED AT ONE TIME; BEING CONVERTED UNDER ONE SERMON, AND THAT THE FIRST PREACHED AFTER CHRIST WAS RISEN.  Amen.

Quest Study Bible – v66, “What kind of seal would make THE TOMB secure?”  The Stone covering THE TOMB’S ENTRANCE probably had a rope or cord wrapped across it.  The cord was then sealed in wax or clay at each end, so that no one could move The Stone without breaking the seal or cutting the cord.  It is possible that the seal included the official imprint of the Roman empire, so anyone who broke the seal would be violating imperial law.  Of course, the detachment of soldiers stationed by THE TOMB added force to the seal.

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