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Prophecies of the Messiah – His Piercing

Prophecies of the Messiah – His Piercing

The Hebrew Scriptures
And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. (Zechariah 12:10)

I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; you have brought Me to the dust of death. For dogs have surrounded Me; the congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. (Psalm 22:14-18)

The New Testament

And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. The Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:33,34)

But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.” (John 19:34-37)

Comments and Quotations

“What is the cause of the mourning [in Zechariah 12:12]? R. Dosa and the Rabbis differ on the point. One explained, The cause is the slaying of Messiah the son of Joseph, and the other explained, The cause is the slaying of the Evil Inclination…….

It is well according to him who explains that the cause is the slaying of Messiah the son of Joseph, since that well agrees with the Scriptural verse, And they shall look upon me because they have thrust him through, and they shall mourn for him as one mourneth for his only son.” (Sukkah 52a, Babylonian Talmud)

 

The piercing of Messiah is an especially significant, and horrible, aspect of His sufferings and death (already referred to on page 17). The Hebrew words used in the two quotes from the Tanakh are different: that in Psalm 22 is less dramatic than the one used in Zechariah. The former literally means ‘to dig’ (my hands and my feet), and indicates a wound which is not fatal. Yet it remarkably describes what happens in crucifixion, which certainly is fatal. The latter means ‘pierce through’, and when used of a person indicates certain death. Yeshua suffered both ‘dug’ hands and feet when he was crucified, and was speared by a Roman soldier to make sure he was dead. The point is: he really and truly died. But why would God purpose a crucifixion, describing it in advance? This is treading on holy ground but one observation which can be made is this: a quick death like beheading would not have permitted a conscious bearing of the punishment of our sin, which was necessary for atonement to be made (see page 20 for Messiah’s atonement). The magnitude of God’s love through Yeshua awes us.