Bowie Apostolic Church
Day 21: Casting Lots for His Clothes
by From the Pastor's Desk on March 21st, 2013

Psalm 22:18 they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. 

John 19:23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece 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 which says, “They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.”

With pinpoint accuracy, the bible predicts the callousness of the Messiah’s tormentors. They sat around and cast lots (similar but not the same as a rolling dice) for Jesus’ clothing. When I think about this, the word vulgar comes to mind.

As I read John 19:24 I wonder how many people these soldiers had crucified up to this point? I wonder how many they would go on to crucify after our Lord? As military men, they were trained in this slow death and torturous punishment. The one thing that training does for you is that it makes the deed that much more routine and you are that much more emotionally detached in performing it. To them, it was just another criminal, just another fool. How many times had they cast lots for the belongings of previous victims of the cross?

In order to crucify Him, that meant that they were in closer proximity to Jesus than most of those who had heard the Sermon on the Mount. They were closer in proximity to Jesus than most of the 5,000 who ate during the miracle of the two fish and five loaves of bread. Although those hearers on the Mount of Olives were more distant from Jesus in proximity, they saw something in Him. Sadly, though these soldiers were that close to Jesus in proximity, they saw nothing.

They treated His clothes as the spoils of a deserving victim. The only value they saw in Jesus was His stuff! Not His significance, not His love, not His grace. They only saw the benefit of His stuff. Oh how many today are in the same state of mind? No matter how much He blesses them, no matter how much they feel His presence, no matter how much He draws close to them…….. rather than seeing Him as He really is, the only thing they care about is His stuff. Rather than wanting more of Him, sometimes we want more material things that He can provide us. Instead of loving the Blesser, we are in love with the blessing only. Let us love the Blesser. After all, He will always bless us. But, He wants us to love Him, not His stuff.

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