Yeshua’s Arrest

Matthew 26

46 Rise, let us go. See, he who delivers Me up has come near.

47 And while He was still speaking, see, Yehuḏah, one of the twelve, with a large crowd with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people.

48 And he who was delivering Him up gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, it is He, seize Him.”

49 And going straight up to יהושע he said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.

50 And יהושע said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on יהושע and seized Him.

51 And look, one of those with יהושע put out his hand and drew his sword, and striking the servant of the high priest he cut off his ear.

52 Then יהושע said to him, “Return your sword to its place, for all who take the sword shall die by the sword.

53 “Or do you think that I am not able to pray to My Father now, and He shall provide Me with more than twelve legions of messengers?

54 How then would the Scriptures be filled that it has to be this way?

55 In that hour יהושע said to the crowds, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to arrest Me? Daily I sat with you, teaching in the Set-apart Place, and you did not seize Me.

56 But all this came to be, so that the Scriptures of the prophets might be filled. Then all the taught ones left Him and fled.

57 And those who had seized יהושע led Him away to Qayapha the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together.

The crowd came from the chief priests and elders.

Mark 14

42 Rise up, let us go. See, he who is delivering Me up has drawn near.

43 And immediately, while He was still speaking, Yehuḏah, one of the twelve, with a large crowd with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

44 And the one who was delivering Him up had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, it is He – seize Him and lead Him away safely.”

45 And coming, going straight up to Him, he said to Him, “Rabbi, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.

46 And they laid their hands on Him and seized Him.

47 And one of those standing by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

48 And יהושע answering, said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs, to take Me?

49 Daily I was with you in the Set-apart Place teaching, and you did not seize Me. But let the Scriptures be filled.

50 And they all left Him and fled.

All Yeshua’s taught ones (disciples) left Him and fled.

Luke 22

47 And while He was still speaking, see: a crowd! And he who was called Yehuḏah, one of the twelve, was going before them and came near to יהושע to kiss Him.

48 And יהושע said to him, “Yehuḏah, do you deliver up the Son of Aḏam with a kiss?”

49 And those around Him, seeing what was about to take place, said to Him, “Master, shall we strike with the sword?”

50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

51 But יהושע answering, said, “Allow it this far.” And touching his ear He healed him.

52 And יהושע said to those who had come against Him, the chief priests and captains of the Set-apart Place and the elders, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs?

53 While I was with you daily in the Set-apart Place, you did not lay hands on Me. But this is your hour and the authority of darkness.

54 And having seized Him, they led Him and brought Him to the house of the high priest. And Kĕpha was following at a distance.

Looking carefully at the differences between these accounts of the arrest of Yeshua we note some key points in the next account.

John 18

Having said these words, יהושע went out with His taught ones beyond the Qiḏron torrent, where there was a garden, into which He and His taught ones entered.

And Yehuḏah, who delivered Him up, also knew the place, because יהושע often met there with His taught ones.

Yehuḏah, then, having received the company of soldiers, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, and torches, and weapons.

יהושע, then, knowing all that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”

They answered Him, “יהושע of Natsareth.” יהושע said to them, “I am.” And Yehuḏah, who delivered Him up, was also standing with them.

When, therefore, He said to them, “I am,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

Once more He asked them, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “יהושע of Natsareth.”

יהושע answered, “I said to you that I am. If, then, you seek Me, allow these to go,”

in order that the word might be filled which He spoke, “Of those whom You have given Me, I have lost none.”

10 Then Shim‛on Kĕpha, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. And the servant’s name was Meleḵ.

11 Then יהושע said to Kĕpha, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”

12 Then the company of soldiers and the commander and the officers of the Yehuḏim seized יהושע and bound Him,

13 and they led Him away to Ḥanan first, for he was the father-in-law of Qayapha who was high priest that year.

In John we see quite a few interesting observations.

  • Yeshua communicated with the crowd
  • When Yeshua said “I am” they fell BACKWARD – when you fall when touched by the set apart Spirit then you will fall FORWARD in respect and worship and NOT backward.
  • Yeshua requested that the allow His taught ones (disciples) to leave
  • Shimon Kepha was the one to draw the sword
  • The name of the servant who’s ear was cut off is Melek which means “king” in Hebrew

Next we will see Yeshua’s walk for our salvation.

Until next time.

Shalom

Mieke

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