This morning’s Examining the Scriptures Daily text brought up this tidbit from my memory.
In this article I’ll make this question the target of Gamensa consciousness.
Gamensa is based on the premises that 1) humans cannot know true reality by themselves but only build paradigms of it and that 2) God is reality and is the source of reality which can be known progressively through a relationship with him and by developing God-given human abilities of under his guidance to that end.
The first thing that a Gamensan does is appreciate the value of knowing this information. If it is in the Bible it is vital. God didn’t put anything in the Bible because he was feeling chit chatty.
“The saying of Jehovah is a refined one.” – 2 Samuel 22:31. See also Psalm 12:6.
Not all information is useful but we can be sure that this subject is! Without deep appreciation for the overwhelming value of this and any other Biblical subject there is no drive to know. Without that drive there is no Gamensa consciousness. No ability to search for truth.
Cultivating deep appreciation of knowing a subject is the first step.
Where so many humans stumble is our second factor of Gamensa consciousness.
Knowledge is revealed in questions. This question heightens the consciousness so that we can break away from mental blind spots:
What must we un-know in order to know?
In all cases we can benefit from asking this question first. Nominal Christians are a good example. Many feel that 1) they already know the answer to this and other Biblical questions.
That presupposes that there isn’t more to be known and that they know the truth in the first place. While the later is possible the former is not.
This first presupposition is a definite block to knowing anything new. It is a block to knowing truth and thus a danger to life. It is also a killer of Gamensa consciousness.
Another thing that some may feel is that the answer cannot be known or is not meant to be known. While whole articles can be written on this subject we will dispense with them by identifying them as logic traps.
The Bible shows that God is a God of justice and education. Only by educating his subjects in his laws could there ever be true justice. Thus, the Bible is full of not only laws and principles but history showing how God and those that obeyed and didn’t obey him behaved and what happened in those cases. In other words, the Bible can be looked at as a legal library from which divine law can be understood. Guided by God’s Spirit many people lived and sometimes died so that this library could arrive in our time intact and available to over 95% of Earths population.
This precludes the argument that we just cannot know God or his truths as taught in the Bible.
This point is already in the front of Gamensan consciousness but I’ll state it again as a third point in this exercise:
Humans cannot absolutely know the truth. We can only build paradigms of the truth and progressively understand it through divine relation…at best.
Having swept the subject through these filters we are ready to move into the meat!
WHY DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE ON A TORTURE STAKE?
Many Christians understand that Jesus paid off the sins of Adam for those who would obediently serve God. But why did he have to die so horribly? Could he not have died an easier death?
Consider death on a torture state.
Of course, many Christians think Jesus was crucified (that he was executed on a cross). However, just by reading the Bible you can see that this was not true. And yes, it really makes a big difference. Especially to the Jews…but we’ll get to that.
The account says that the soldiers broke the legs of the men next to Jesus. Why? Because the Law of Moses says that a person couldn’t hang on a torture stake through the night.
But how would breaking their legs guarantee a quick death for Jesus and the two others?
If he was on a cross it wouldn’t.
But if Jesus was on a torture stake as the Greek is properly translated then it would be fatal.
A torture stake is a torture stake. The condemned is nailed to the stake with hands above the head and with feet to the bottom usually on a single spike, one above and one below.
In order to breath the condemned person has to use their legs to lift themselves up and take the weight off of their hands so that they can breath. Breathing is only minimally possible while hanging fully from the hands. Without transferring weight from the hands to the feet momentarily a person would soon suffocate. Therefore, understand that:
Dying on a torture stake means hard agonizing work with only death as the release. A crucifixion is almost a kindness in comparison.
God’s divine standard said “a life for a life”. We know that Adam lost perfect endless life for us all by sinning. (Romans 5:12) We know that Jesus was the perfect legal equivalent, not more and not less. He was no demigod or superhuman. He wasn’t God in the flesh. He was only a perfect man though formerly he was an angel. Therefore, he properly called himself “Son of Man” repeatedly instead of Son of God (though he obviously was). He wanted us to focus on his ability to redeem.
There was no stipulation for how that life needed to be paid except that blood must be poured out and that the sacrifice needed to be without spot. Therefore, “not a bone of his was broken”.
Legally, he could have saved the human race by any death which met those requirements…but he would not have saved any Jew bound by the Law of Moses.
The Law of Moses was a perfect law meant to sensitize humanity to the need for a redeemer. No Jew or anyone else could possibly obey it completely while a perfect human could easily. Thus, Jesus was the only human, the only Jew, ever to obey the Law of Moses. All other Jews were cursed to death. And not just any death.
Galatians 3:10-13 reveals that those Jews not obedient to the Law were accursed and those accursed must die on a torture stake.
Only through animal sacrifices did any Jew avoid this death. However, that didn’t take away any sin. It only demonstrated faith in the fact that Jehovah would provide a sacrifice able to free them at some point in the future.
That sacrifice was Jesus Christ.
So by dying Jesus was able to redeem all obedient humanity from death.
But only by death on a torture stake was the perfectly obedient Jew, Jesus, able to repurchase his brother and sister countrymen from Jehovah’s judgment of death on a torture stake.
(See Insight on the Scriptures Volume 2 page 1117)