These violations of the rabbinic laws for capital cases occurred during the trials of Jesus before the Jewish leaders:
- Both the trial and the arrival at the verdict were to occur during the daytime.
- Trials were not to be held on the eve of a Sabbath or festival day.
- While a verdict of acquittal could be reached on the day of the trial, a verdict of convition was not to be reached until th eday following the trail (to help prevent the condemnation of an innocent man).
- A charge of blasphemy had to be sustained by the alleged blasphemer pronouncing the name of God Himself. (Jesus remained silent during most of the procedings.)
- The regular meeting place of the high court was to be the "Chamber of Hewn Stone" (not the home of the high priest).
- Capital cases were to begin with the proclamation of reasons for acquittal, and not with reasons for conviction. (At Jesus' trials it seems that only prosecuting witnesses spoke.)
- Witnesses were to be solemnly warned and carefully examined regarding their testimony. (The witnesses against Christ contradicted each other and were never cross-examined.)
Mark tells us that the testimony of the (false) witnesses did not agree (Mark 14:56-59)... There was no just, legal basis for convicting Jesus. He was deprived of justice.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Tuesday in Lent 5
While working on my sermon for tomorrow night on Isaiah 53:8 using Rev. Christopher Mitchell's book "Our Suffering Savior", I found this on p. 91-92 about today's reading of Mark 14:53-65: