Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Broken bones

For a very long time we have wondered about the significance of the prophecy of the Messiah (found in Psalm 34:20) and the fulfillment in Jesus on the cross (John 19:20) that "not a bone of him shall be broken." Why bother with such a detail? What are we missing here?

This whole idea is reinforced through the types of the Old Testament where the Israelites were told that during the rituals of passover the bones of the paschal lamb were not to be broken.

Exodus 12:46 says "In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof."

and Numbers 9:12 reinforces the idea by saying, "They shall leave none of it unto the morning, nor break any bone of it: according to all the ordinances of the passover they shall keep it."

So what is the idea behind a bone being broken?

Well, we've had the distinct feeling that there is something significant—in a spiritual way—about the breaking of bones. It seems that the word bone in the Hebrew means strength and it's easy to see the relationship since it is man's bones that give rigidity and structure to the whole body.

Now let's listen to the wisdom of the Proverbs which teaches us how bones are broken. According to Solomon it is with a soft (or gentle, NIV) tongue (Prov 25:15). The tongue speaks life or death, good or evil for "Death and life are in the power of the tongue" (Proverbs 18:21). The tongue brings about schism , backbiting, lies, and gossip. And this is what breaks bones.

Could it be that our breaking a bone is a physical manifestation of something going on in the spiritual world that involves our words?

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