Why did the Pharisees protest Pilate’s note on the cross?
Question: Why did the Pharisees protest Pilate’s note on the cross?
Answer: The Roman governor of Judea Pilate ordered the following to be written on the cross in Hebrew, Greek, and Roman:
YESHUA OF NATSARETH THE KING OF THE YEHUDIM
However, upon seeing it the corrupted religious elite became angry and said to Pilate, ‘Do not write, ‘The King of the Yehudim,’ but, ‘He said, I am the King of the Yehudim.’ (Joh 19:19-21) But Pilate said, ‘What I have written, I have written’.
What did the Pharisees see that made them angry?
This is what they saw.
In Hebrew “Yeshua King of the Jews” spells like that:
of the Jews היהודים and King ומלך the Nazarene הנצרי Yeshua ישוע
Yeshua Hanatsriy V‘melekh Hayehudiym
Yeshua the Nazarene and King of the Jews
(Note: the definite article ha “the” before nazarei is in the Greek text.)
Upon seeing this encoded massage that the Roman inadvertently but prophetically wrote, probably they recalled the proverb that reads thus,
Who has gone up to the heavens and come down?
Who has grasped the wind in His fists?
Who has bound the waters in a garment?
Who established all the ends of the earth?
What is His name, and what is His son’s name, if you know it? (Pro 30:4)
Because the acronym they saw read יהוה