Monday, 27 April 2020
Question of the day: Can you explain the phrase from John 19:30 "It is finished?"
Answer: I would like to (that's why I asked the question). There is so much to it. But first, how did this get to be the "question of the day?" From our reading today we see how difficult it was for Jacob to separate from Laban.
With Laban, something (anything) was never "finished." There was always some secret meaning, or unspoken condition. A deal was never done. The first encounter Jacob had in Haran was to ask "Do you know Laban?" The answer says it all. The men replied, "We know him."
Jacob should have said, what aren't you telling me? Is that all you have to say, "We know him?" Can't you say anything nice about him? In some translations, (like the TLV) it simply says, "We know."
In contrast, when Yeshua says, "The matter is finished," then the matter really is finished. But the Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels (https://ffoz.com/the-delitzsch-hebrew-gospels-deluxe-edition-hardcover.html and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Delitzsch) use the Hebrew word kaf-lamed-hay for "finished." Yeshua simply says, "finished." But there is so much more.
Rabbi Trail: The Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels are based on the Hebrew research of Franz Delitzsch. It is a great resource as you can see.
Kalah (the Hebrew word chosen here) means "the all." That is to say, Yeshua meant, "This is everything." Another interpretation of that one Hebrew word is the bride. A kalah is also a bride (spelled and pronounced the same).
Maybe Yeshua's last word of His first coming was prophetic, "Bride." Perhaps His last word was to say, "All that's left is for me to return for my bride."
Revelation 19:6-9 "Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude - like the roar of rushing waters or like the rumbling of powerful thunder - saying, 'Halleluyah! For Adonai Elohei-Tzva'ot reigns! Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready, She was given fine linen to wear, bright and clean! For the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the kedoshim.' Then the angel tells me, 'Write: How fortunate are those who have been invited to the wedding banquet of the Lamb!' He also tells me, 'These are the true words of God.'"
Rabbi Michael Weiner,