Biblical Blurb: Be specific!
Recently a group of young people were asked, “What specific details in the New Testament about Jesus’ last week do you think it would be impossible to predict?” These were their top five picks, and where they found the prophecy in the Old Testament:
1. Jesus would be betrayed by a friend for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:15, 48-50)
Psalms 41:9 - “Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.”
Zechariah 11:12 - “…And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver.”
2. Jesus would be silent before His accusers (Matthew 27:12)
Isaiah 53:7 – “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.”
3. His garments would be parted and lots would be cast as to who would get which part (John 19:23-24)
Psalm 22:18 – “They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.”
4. His bones would not be broken but his side would be pierced (John 19:33-34)
Psalm 34:20 – “He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.”
Zachariah 12:10 – “An I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and please for mercy, so that, when they look me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a first born.”
5. Jesus would be buried among the rich but would rise from dead (Matthew 27:57-69; Acts 2:31)
Isaiah 53:9 – “And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.”
Psalm 16:10 – “For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.”
These young people picked only five out of twenty possibilities, which they believed confirmed facts, not coincidental fiction.