We have been given the inheritance of eternity. Our hope is a hope of glory with God in heaven. How do we honour and fulfill that inheritance today? Today we see in the fulfillment of law, the word of God was fulfilled in overflowing grace…
22 If someone guilty of a capital offense is put to death and their body is exposed on a pole, 23 you must not leave the body hanging on the pole overnight. Be sure to bury it that same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under God’s curse. You must not desecrate the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.
31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.
There was a law in Israel that an executed person’s body could not hang on a pole overnight. They were to bury the person the same day they died. This law was intended to honour the land which God had given them as an inheritance. Reading this law brings to mind the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus.
There were three men crucified for their crimes. Two had not yet died when Friday came. They were to not leave the dead on their poles overnight, yet also had the complication of the special Sabbath of the week of the Passover. Therefore, they broke the legs of the men to hasten their deaths. Jesus was already dead by then. They saw that he had passed, and rather than breaking his legs, they pierced his side to confirm his death.
Prophecies were fulfilled in this story about not breaking any of Messiah’s bones and that they would look upon the one they had pierced. Even in the fulfillment of Mosaic law in his crucifixion, Jesus’ death revealed his identity as Messiah.
I am pondering the ideas of desecration of the land, and also of the fulfillment of God’s word. In our lives, as we endeavor to live worthy of our calling, how do we honour the inheritance God has given us? How do we fulfill God’s word within us? It is powerful that we have been given the inheritance of salvation and eternity with God (Ephesians 1). Our hope is a hope of glory with God in heaven.
How do we honour and fulfill that inheritance today? We ought not keep laws for the sake of laws, and we ought not live by rote or ritual. Rather, how about living with the seal of our inheritance – the Holy Spirit of God – at the helm of our day today? How would that honour God our Lord and Saviour?