The Red-Letter Words of Yeshua ~ Part 171
Passion Week ~ Trial Before Pilate ~ Part 2
In our last post, we explored Yeshua’s Trial Before Pilate. Yeshua appears again before Herod, Herod Antipas, and Pilate in this post.
Pilate Sends Yeshua to Herod
When Pilate heard that Yeshua was from Galil (Galilee), he saw a convenient way to excuse himself from the Sanhedrin’s headhunt. He turned Yeshua over to the proper jurisdiction of Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee. Like Pilate, Herod was in Yerushalayim for the feasts of Pesach and Matzah.
5 But they persisted. “He (Yeshua) is inciting the people with his teaching throughout all Y’hudah – He started in the Galil, and now He’s here!” 6 On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was from the Galil; 7 and when he learned that he was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who at that time happened to be in Yerushalayim too.
Yeshua Before Herod Antipas
8 Herod Antipas was delighted to see Yeshua because he had heard about Him and for a long time had been wanting to meet Him; indeed, he hoped to see Him perform some miracle.
The vague feeling of wonder had begun soon after the death of the Yochanan the Immerser, whom he had previously beheaded. It began in hearing of miracles; it ended in a desire to see one. It was possibly mingled with a feeling of bitter enmity that no miracle could remove.
9 He questioned Him at great length, but Yeshua made no reply.
We can hardly help asking ourselves what was likely to have been among Herod’s questions. Did Yeshua, who stood before him, claim to be a King? Did He proclaim Himself as the Messiah? Was He Yochanan the Immerser, risen from the dead? If not, who and what were His earthly parents? The unbroken silence of the Yeshua must have been strangely impressive at the time and is singularly suggestive when we remember how He had answered Kayafa when He had been ordered in the name of the living God.
10 However, the head cohanim and the Torah teachers stood there, vehemently pressing their case against Him. 11 Herod and his soldiers treated Yeshua with contempt and made fun of Him. Then, dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent Him back to Pilate. 12 That day, Herod Antipas and Pilate became friends with each other; previously, they had been enemies. 1
The particular cause of hostility is not known. The massacre of the Galileans, mentioned in Luke 13:1, may have had somewhat to do with it. The union of the two in their enmity against Yeshua, though not mentioned in the Gospels, is referred to in the first recorded Acts 4:27. Herod, however, it will be noted, passes no formal sentence. He is satisfied with Pilate’s mark of respect for his jurisdiction.
Pilate’s Wife Dream
19 While he was sitting in court, his wife sent him a message, “Leave that innocent man alone. Today in a dream, I suffered terribly because of Him.” 2
In writings from this period, dreams were common means of supernatural revelation. Obviously, God didn’t have the actual dream recorded for posterity. Any ideas? She obviously knew in her heart that Yeshua was innocent of the charges brought against Him.
Obviously, this post does not contain any Red-Letter Words, but I thought it crucial to tell the story leading up to His crucifixion. That means we won’t see any Red-Letter Words in the next post, either.
In our next post, the scene Pilate Sends Yeshua to Herod.
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1 Luke 23:5–12.
2 Mattityahu 27:19.