Sunday Devotional: ‘Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us’

Wisdom 2:12, 17-20

The wicked say:
Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;
he sets himself against our doings,
reproaches us for transgressions of the law
and charges us with violations of our training.
Let us see whether his words be true;
let us find out what will happen to him.
For if the just one be the son of God, God will defend him
and deliver him from the hand of his foes.
With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the test
that we may have proof of his gentleness
and try his patience.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death;
for according to his own words, God will take care of him.

Matthew 27:39-43

And they that passed by reviled him,
wagging their heads, and saying,
Thou that destroyest the temple,
and buildest it in three days, save thyself.
If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
Likewise also the chief priests mocking him,
with the scribes and elders, said,
He saved others; himself he cannot save.
If he be the King of Israel,
let him now come down from the cross,
and we will believe him.
He trusted in God;
let him deliver him now, if he will have him:
for he said, I am the Son of God.

God is outside space and time.

And thus the incarnation, persecution, mocking, and death-by-crucifixion of Jesus, the Son of God, had been amply foretold in the Old Testament. The above passage from chapter two of the Book of Wisdom is but one example.

Here are some more:

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Numbers 24:17

there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

Micah 5:2

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Jeremiah 23:5

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

Zechariah 9:9

behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Zechariah 11:12

So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

Psalm 22:1, 16, 18

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
they pierced my hands and my feet.
They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Jesus, I love You with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole mind, and with all my strength.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!

~Eowyn

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2 responses to “Sunday Devotional: ‘Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us’

  1. Thank you, really needed this today.

     
  2. Our Lord died praying for his executioners, who showed not only their ill will and bad faith, but ignorance at their own place in the Economy of Salvation, also. Did not their own Torah predict that this God-Man would come? Did not the Old Testament provide ways or clues that He might be recognized?
    What was it about this religion that began to schism into what would become the Talmud, centuries later, that a special hatred would accrue to this God-Man and His Blessed Mother? What is it about this religion that enables its practitioners the ability to pass this hatred on down to the next generation?

    And what is it about a Church (held captive by these same elements) that permitted it to announce that members of this cult were no longer to be held guilty of Deicide, and that they had their own separate Economy of Salvation? What was it also that soothed and assauged members of this Church to go along with this Bald-Faced Lie, as it nothing substantial was of Consequence?

    When Paul VI, a very large number of Catholics were praying for a Pope who would put an End to the newfound madness of Vatican II. We had high hopes for John Paul II, who turned out to be someone who impersonated a conservative but who, alas, was nothing of the sort.
    And so the madness continues. The Big Bald-Faced Lie continues. I see something—very little—of what is going on: Yes, the Blasphemy of Marc Chagall’s painting of Christ on the Cross, patrolled by a rabbi, continues. But something else is going on, and that is this: The Church Herself is undergoing the same Passion as Our Lord. And that means that the Outcome to this War has already been decided.

     

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