Answers to BSF Bible Study Questions John Lesson 27 Day 2
3. The Jews asked Pilate to have their legs broken to hasten death.
That year, the day of Passover preparation fell on the Sabbath. According to one of the miscellaneous laws recorded in Deuteronomy 21:22-23, bodies could not remain hung on a tree (or impaled on a pole) overnight. They must be given a decent burial that same day.
When a man has committed a capital crime, been given the death sentence, executed and hung from a tree, don’t leave his dead body hanging overnight from the tree. Give him a decent burial that same day so that you don’t desecrate your God-given land—a hanged man is an insult to God. (MSG)
4. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)!
As Jesus said, “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You’re like manicured grave plots, grass clipped and the flowers bright, but six feet down it’s all rotting bones and worm-eaten flesh. People look at you and think you’re saints, but beneath the skin you’re total frauds.” (MSG)
Their hearts were so calloused. They worshiped the written law.
“Their consciences were not wounded by the murder of Jesus, but they were greatly moved by the fear of ceremonial pollution. Religious scruples may live in a dead conscience.” (Spurgeon)
It’s interesting that the day of Passover preparation just happened to fall on the day before the Sabbath. If not, I wonder if the Jewish leaders would have obeyed this law.
Roman soldiers usually broke their legs so they could leave but they often left the corpses hanging for days “as a grim warning of the consequences of disobeying the Roman government.” (David Guzik)
The Jewish leaders overlooked the prophetic significance of Psalm 34:20— “he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.”
5. Jesus humbly and willingly obeyed, fulfilling his Father’s plan.
- Jesus willingly drank from the cup of suffering his Father gave him. (John 18:11)
- “He humbled Himself, obedient to death—a merciless death on the cross!” Philippians 2:8 (Voice)
- God mercifully spared Jesus the terrifying and brutal leg-breaking blow that hastened the deaths of the two other men.
Jesus set the example for future martyrs:
Now the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God
and the authority of His Anointed One have come.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who relentlessly accuses them day and night before our God,
has been cast down and silenced.
By the blood of the Lamb
and the word of their witnesses,
they have become victorious over him, (the Devil)
For they did not hold on to their lives, even under threat of death. Revelation 12:10-11 (Voice) (Emphasis added)