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Prophecies of the Messiah – His Burial

Prophecies of the Messiah – His Burial

The Hebrew Scriptures
He was taken from prison and from judgement, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked — but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. (Isaiah 53:7-9


The New Testament

There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. (Luke 23:32)

Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed. (Matthew 27:57-60)


Comments and Quotations

“Jonathan ben Uzziel interprets it in the Targum of the future Messiah; and this is also the opinion of our own learned men in the majority of their Midrashim.” (Don Isaac Abravanel [b.1437])

“The prophet here declares, how the Messiah resigns himself to die, and be buried in their tomb.” (Yepheth ben Ali [10th C] Commentary on Isaiah)

 

Messiah will be closely linked with both the wicked and the upright wealthy at his death. Such a prophecy highlights how differently people would see him – some seeing him as the worst of criminals, others as a good man. It is difficult to imagine how an intimate association with such disparate people would come about for Messiah, but in the death of Yeshua we see the answer. His condemnation guaranteed his association with criminals at the scene of execution, and those who condemned him would have had him buried with the wicked if they had had their way, but the miscarriage of justice led a good person of substance and reputation in Israel to provide a decent burial. God’s verdict is on page 22.