“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Matthew 28, “THE GUARDS REPORT”

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“In The Midst Of It All,” Yolanda Adams

 The New Covenant – God Gave The New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31) Which Was Designed For All Peoples, Not Just For Israel.  Christ Is The Mediator Of The New Covenant (HE Brought Peace Between God And Man Through His Shed Blood On Calvary For Our Sins) (Hebrews 8:6-13; 9:1; 12:24) And The Holy Spirit The Administrator Of It (John 7:39; 11 Corinthians 3:6-9).     

We, As Believers In Christ Cannot Allow Anything To Break Our Covenantal Relationship With GOD.   

Sanhedrin Council, a word which usually signifies the Jewish Sanhedrin, a legislative body of 71 members and headed by the high priest.  It could condemn to death but could not execute (Matthew 26:3, 57).  This was done by the Romans alone.  JESUS (Matthew 26:59), Peter and John (Acts 4), Stephen (Acts 6:12) and Paul (Acts 22:30) were tried before it.  

“The Guards Report,”  Matthew 28:11) Now when they were going (the women), behold, some of the watch (guards) came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.  12) And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,  13) Saying, Say ye, HIS DISCIPLES came by night, and Stole HIM Away while we slept.  14) And if THIS come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure (protect) you.  15) So they took the money, and did as they were taught:  and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.  

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – So they took the money, and did as they were taught Though they had been just now in the greatest fright and consternation imaginable, AT THE SIGHT OF THE ANGEL, AND KNEW WHAT WAS DONE; Yet Being Men Of No Religion Or Conscience, Were Tempted With The Money, And Took It, and reported every where what had been put into their mouths by the chief priests and elders.  And this saying is commonly reported among the Jews unto this day;  to the time that Matthew wrote this Gospel; which according to the subscriptions to a most ancient copy of Beza’s, and the Syriac and Arabic versions of De Dieu, was in the “eighth” year after our LORD’S ASCENSION; though others make it to be the “ninth”; and others the “fifteenth”. The sense is, not that this narrative the evangelist gives, that the Sanhedrin (Council) bribed the soldiers to give out such a lying story, was known to the Jews, and commonly reported by them; though some take this to be the sense; but that it was reported and believed among the Jews in common, (in) that time, that The Disciples Of CHRIST did really come in the night, and Steal Away THE BODY OF CHRIST, while the watch slept: to such judicial blindness, and hardness of heart, were they given up, as to believe a lie, and which had no appearance of Truth in it. They have since contrived a more monstrous and ridiculous story than this. They say {e}, that Judas, seeing where THE BODY WAS LAID, and The Disciples sitting upon THE TOMB, and mourning over IT, in the middle of the night, took this opportunity to take away THE BODY, and buried IT in his own garden (Judas’), under a current of water; having first turned the water another way, and then put it in the same course as before; and which he afterwards discovered to the Jews; and THE BODY was taken up and exposed, and insulted in the most ignominious manner: but alas! Judas had hanged himself some days before; and had he been living, would not have been capable of doing what they ascribe unto him.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v11, The Roman guards reported to the chief priests because they had been assigned for duty to the religious authorities (27:65).  v12-14, HIS Disciples … stole HIM away while we slept:  Besides being a lie, this was a very weak explanation.  If a guard was found sleeping at his post or if a prisoner escaped, the guard would be put to death (see Acts 12:19; 16:27, 28; 27:42).  v15, Until this day refers specifically to the time of the writing of Matthew’s Gospel.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – What Wickedness Is There To Which Men Will Not Be Brought By The Love Of Money!  Here was large money given to the soldiers for advancing that which they knew to be a lie, yet many grudge (resent) a little money for advancing what they know to be the Truth.  Let us never starve a good cause, when we see bad ones so liberally supported.  The priests undertook to secure them from the sword of Pilate, but could not secure these soldiers from THE SWORD OF GOD’S JUSTICE, which hangs over the heads of those that love and make a lie.  But this Falsehood proved itself.  Had the soldiers been all asleep, they could not have known what passed.  If any had been awake, they would have roused the others and prevented the Removal; and certainly if they had been asleep, they never would have dared to confess it; while the Jewish rulers would have been the first to call for their punishment.  Again, had there been any Truth in the report, the rulers would have prosecuted the Apostles with severity for it.  The whole shows that the story was entirely false.  And we must not charge such things to the weakness of the understanding, but to the wickedness of the heart.  God Left Them To Expose Their Own Course.  The great argument to Prove CHRIST TO BE THE SON OF GOD, IS HIS RESURRECTION; AND NONE COULD HAVE MORE CONVINCING PROOFS OF THE TRUTH of that than these soldiers; yet they took bribes to hinder others from Believing.  The Plainest Evidence Will Not Affect Men (Change Men’s Hearts), Without The Work Of THE HOLY SPIRIT.  Amen. 

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