DaddyGirl. You said:
Like many others, this Caiaphas doesn’t seem to really take the possibility of Jesus being “the” Jewish Messiah very seriously.
But even tho…he does ask Jesus directly, right? And Jesus doesn’t give him a straight answer, as I recall.
Jesus probably was asked if He was the Messiah (the Christ) several times (as you would expect with an interrogation process).
Jesus does give Caiaphas a straight answer. Jesus said “I AM” in response to Caiaphas’ questioning. (Jesus IS the Great “I Am”)
MARK 14:61-63 61 But he was silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, "I am; and you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven." 63 And the high priest tore his garments, and said, "Why do we still need witnesses?
Jesus ALSO gives Caiaphas an unmistakable answer right from the mouth of Caiaphas himself. Jesus only does so when Caiaphas invokes his authority (“I adjure you”)
MATTHEW 26:62-68 62 And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 63 But Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65 Then the high priest tore his robes, and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66 What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.” 67 Then they spat in his face, and struck him; and some slapped him, 68 saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?”
That’s exactly WHY Caiaphas illicitly ripped his garments. Because Jesus DID give him an unmistakable answer. And in response, Caiaphas broke Levitical Law defiling the Priestly garments and office in the Temple area where the Sanhedrin held court.
This has dual meaning here. This Keriah or robe-tearing by Caiaphas is a representation or prelude to Jesus’ death (a funeral “rite” in a sense) in my opinion although the Sanhedrin I am sure never thought of it this way. Keriah is still practiced today by our spiritual ancestors in this sense.
But Caiaphas’ tantrum and robe tearing is also an ILLICIT tearing of the high Priestly robes, which deprives or in a sense begins to take away the Levitical Priesthood. This illicit action of Caiaphas also eventually brings down God’s wrath upon the people (destruction of the Temple) in addition to affecting Caiaphas’ authority.
The High Priest rending his sacred garment was considered an affront to God that would have consequences not merely for him, but penalties for all of the people. All in the “court” that night would have known such when Caiaphas rented his Priestly garment:eek:. They all knew full well of Leviticus 10 and Leviticus 21.
LEVITICUS 10:6 6 And Moses said to Aaron and to Eleazar and Ithamar, his sons, "Do not let the hair of your heads hang loose, and do not rend your clothes, lest you die, and lest wrath come upon all the congregation; but your brethren, the whole house of Israel, may bewail the burning which the LORD has kindled.
LEVITICUS 21:10-13 10 "The priest who is chief among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil is poured, and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not let the hair of his head hang loose, nor rend his clothes; 11 he shall not go in to any dead body, nor defile himself, even for his father or for his mother; 12 neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the LORD. 13 And he shall take a wife in her virginity.
The seamless linen garment was a sign of a consecrated and seamless Levitical Priesthood.
Jesus of course, had a seamless linen garment on Himself too (hint. hint.) when He offered Himself as the true Sacrifice and the true high Priest. Jesus acted as Priest AND victim on Calvary.
The Roman Soldiers didn’t tear Jesus’ seamless linen garment. Instead they cast lots for His seamless linen garment of Jesus thereby fulfilling the prefigurements of Psalm 22 concerning all of this.
JOHN 19:23-25 23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus they took his garments and made four parts, one for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was without seam, woven from top to bottom; 24 so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the scripture, “They parted my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” 25 So the soldiers did this. But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister , Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
So the Holy Spirit tells us Jesus’ seamless linen garment is NOT TORN and . . . . Caiaphas’ seamless linen garment IS TORN!
Jesus’ sacrifice was the holocaust that all of the Old Covenant holocausts pointed toward as the Old Covenant holocausts were mere shadows or prefigurements of what or more accurately WHO was to come as the book of Hebrews reminds us (if you want, you can begin at Hebrews 10:1).