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Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 3 (Part Eleven)

Did Jesus Open His Mouth at His Trial?
Isaiah 53:7 (NWT), prophesying about the Messiah or Christ, says: “he would not open his mouth. He was brought like a sheep to the slaughter, Like an ewe that is silent before its shearers, And he would not open his mouth.” To this Matthew 27:12-14 (NWT) agrees, saying: “But when he was being accused by the chief priests and the elders, he made no answer. Then Pilate said to him: “Do you not hear how many things they are testifying against you?” But he did not answer him, no, not a word, so that the governor was very surprised.” So what is the skeptic’s problem?
            To the skeptic the fact that Jesus did answer a few questions, such as when he was asked if he was the king of the Jews or the Christ, seems to negate the general response Jesus gave, silence. The skeptic, reading with an intentionally hyper-literal lens, fails to note that Isaiah 53:7 shows that the Messiah would be silent in his own defense; we see that when Jesus did answer, it was either under oath or when the governor got to a matter that needed to be addressed, that is, in both cases the question was concerning whether he was the Christ or King of the Jews. When he answered, doing so in brief, he convicted himself in their eyes as being blasphemous or seditious.
            There is no contradiction, for he met the requirement of keeping silent as predicted by Isaiah – even if that standard does not meet with the standard of the skeptic (or does he think that sheep are completely silent? What if Jesus opened his mouth to breath?).

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