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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol VII:
Lactantius: Chap. XLVI.—It is proved from the prophets that the passion and death of Christ had been foretold

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Chap. XLVI.—It is Proved from the Prophets that the Passion and Death of Christ Had Been Foretold.

And the prophets had predicted that all these things would thus come to pass. Isaiah thus speaks: 1534 “I am not rebellious, nor do I oppose: I gave my back to the scourge, and my cheeks to the hand: I turned not away my face from the foulness of spitting.” The same prophet says respecting His silence: 1535 “I was brought as a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.” David also, in the xxxivth Psalm: 1536 “The abjects were gathered together against me, and they knew me not: they were scattered, yet felt no remorse: they tempted me, and gnashed upon me with their teeth.” The same also says respecting food and drink in the lxviiith Psalm: 1537 “They gave me also gall for my meat, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” Also p. 241 respecting the cross of Christ: 1538 “And they pierced my hands and my feet, they numbered all my bones: they themselves have looked and stared upon me; they parted my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.” Moses also says in Deuteronomy: 1539 “ And thy life shall hang in doubt before thine eyes, and thou shall fear day and night, and shall have none assurance of thy life.” Also in Numbers: 1540 “God is not in doubt as a man, nor does He suffer threats as the son of man.” Also Zechariah says: 1541 “And they shall look on me whom they pierced.” Amos 1542 thus speaks of the obscuring of the sun: “In that day, saith the Lord, the sun shall go down at noon, and the clear day shall be dark; and I will turn your feasts into mourning, and your songs into lamentation.” Jeremiah 1543 also speaks of the city of Jerusalem, in which He suffered: “Her sun is gone down while it was yet day; she hath been confounded and reviled, and the residue of them will I deliver to the sword.” Nor were these things spoken in vain. For after a short time the Emperor Vespasian subdued the Jews, and laid waste their lands with the sword and fire, besieged and reduced them by famine, overthrew Jerusalem, led the captives in triumph, and prohibited the others who were left from ever returning to their native land. And these things were done by God on account of that crucifixion of Christ, as He before declared this to Solomon in their Scriptures, saying, 1544 “And Israel shall be for perdition and a reproach 1545 to the people, and this house shall be desolate; and every one that shall pass by shall be astonished, and shall say, Why hath God done these evils to this land, and to this house? And they shall say, Because they forsook the Lord their God, and persecuted their King, who was dearly beloved by God, and crucified Him with great degradation, therefore hath God brought upon them these evils.” For what would they not deserve who put to death their Lord, who had come for their salvation?  


Footnotes

240:1534

Isa. l. 5.  

240:1535

Isa. liii. 7.  

240:1536

Ps. 35:15, 16. See Instit., iv. 18.  

240:1537

Ps. lxix. 21.  

241:1538

Ps. xxii. 16-18.  

241:1539

Deut. xxviii. 66.  

241:1540

Num. xxiii. 19.  

241:1541

Zech. xii. 10.  

241:1542

Amos 8:9, 10.  

241:1543

Jer. xv. 9.  

241:1544

1 Kings ix. 7-9.  

241:1545

See Instit., iv. 18, p. 121, supra.  


Next: Chap. XLVII.—Of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the sending of the apostles, and the ascension of the saviour into heaven

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