cont.... Let us look at look at Wisdom 2:16:
We are considered by him 1) as something base, and he avoids our ways as unclean; 2) he calls the last end of the righteous happy, and boasts 3) that God is his father.
Let us look go over each of those three features in this verse: So, the righteous man will consider his opponents evil, and avoids their way. He will call the righteous happy, and will call God his Father. I highlighted 3 specific things. He avoids their ways as unclean, he calls the end of the righteous happy, and calls God as His Father.
39 And the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of extortion and wickedness. 40 You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also? 41 But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, everything is clean for you.
1) We see in this passage that Jesus regards the Pharisees way as unclean, as they are hypocrites. Being full of extortion and wickedness, they are unclean. Jesus tells us to be clean by giving alms and being righteous. So Jesus tells people to avoid their ways, because they practice hypocrisy. This fits in with this Wisdom 2 prophecy. Let us look at part 2 of a fulfillment of Wisdom 2:16, Mt. 5:10:
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
2) Jesus teaches that those who seek righteousness will be happy, as they will be in God’s kingdom, as predicted in Wisdom 2:16.
Luke 10:22 All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
3) Jesus calls God as his Father, just as Wisdom 2:16 predicted. So we see three ideas in this verse, Wisdom 2:16 fulfilled in the life of Christ in the gospel.
Let us look at the final passages of this section, Wisdom 2:17-20. They are best seen together.
17: Let us see if his words are true, and let us test what will happen at the end of his life; 18: for if the righteous man is God's son, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries. 19: Let us test him with insult and torture, that we may find out how gentle he is, and make trial of his forbearance. 20: Let us condemn him to a shameful death, for, according to what he says, he will be protected."
Now, let us compare that with the gospel. Now, in Matthew 27:41-43, we see the following:
41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 "He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him; for he said, 'I am the Son of God.'"
Wisdom 2:17 says that they will see if his words are true, at the end of his life. Jesus opponents got the idea, if he was true, he would come down from the cross and Mt. 27:42 says, “we will believe him if he comes down from the cross”.
Wisdom 2:18 says if he really is God’s Son, God will deliver him. Mt. 27:43 says if he is God’s Son, he will deliver him. Now, in this passage, one will see in a Protestant Bible, a cross-reference from Mt. 27:43 to Psalm 22:8. That is because there is a mention of ‘well, if God is with him, he will deliver him’ (Ps. 22:8). There is no doubt a cross reference to that, however, it is not a complete reference. Only in Wisdom 2:18, do we see where, it specifically said that ‘If he were God’s Son, let him deliver him’. That is a much more completer reference.
Wisdom 2:19 says that he will be insulted. They mock him already in Mt. 27:43, and in a similar verse in Luke 23:35-37:
35 And the people stood by, watching; but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!" 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him vinegar, 37 and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!"
They insult and scoff at him, just like predicted in Wisdom 2:19.
Finally, Wisdom 2:20 indicates that he will be put to death. He is put to death on the cross, as though a common criminal. Two criminals die with him, one on his left, and one on his right.
We may see in this passage, Wisdom 2:12-20, one of the reasons why the Jews decided in Jamnia in 90 AD, to not allow the Deuterocanonical books. This passage in Wisdom 2 has many facets that are fulfilled in Jesus Christ. He was a righteous man,. He knew God in a special way. He was one who condemned the religious leaders of the day, who sought secretly to trap Jesus. He called God as his Father. He called them on their hypocrisy. His ways were ‘strange’. He read their thoughts. He claimed to be God’s son. He was mocked and tortured, and was condemned to his death as a common criminal, and taunted by his opponents. This passage is fulfilled in so many ways in Jesus Christ. And only in Jesus Christ.
Wisdom 13 is also used by Paul in his writings in Romans 1.18-23. There are other allusions to Wisdom in other portions of the New Testament. Nonetheless, this prophecy in Wisdom 2 of the life and death of Jesus is a most powerful witness of that truth of who Jesus is. So much for any idea that there is no prophecy contained in the Deuterocanonical books.
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