This man was the Son of God (Mk 15:39-15:39)

“When the centurion,

Who stood

Facing Jesus,

Saw that

In this way,

Jesus breathed

His last breath,

He said.

‘Truly!

This man

Was God’s Son!’”

 

Ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ κεντυρίων ὁ παρεστηκὼς ἐξ ἐναντίας αὐτοῦ ὅτι οὕτως ἐξέπνευσεν, εἶπεν Ἀληθῶς οὗτος ὁ ἄνθρωπος Υἱὸς Θεοῦ ἦν.

 

This is similar to Matthew, chapter 27:54, except that there is no mention of an earthquake here, just the centurion statement alone.  In Luke, chapter 23:47, the centurion simply said that this man was innocent, without any earthquake.  There was nothing about a centurion or an earthquake in John, chapter 19.  Mark said that this Roman centurion (Ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ κεντυρίων), the one facing or guarding Jesus (ὁ παρεστηκὼς ἐξ ἐναντίας αὐτοῦ), saw the way that Jesus had died or spent his last breath (ὅτι οὕτως ἐξέπνευσεν).  He said (εἶπεν) that truly this man was the Son of God (Ἀληθῶς οὗτος ὁ ἄνθρωπος Υἱὸς Θεοῦ ἦν).  It is interesting to note that the leader of the Roman soldiers, this centurion, who was in charge of 100 men, issued this statement.  He, the gentile Roman soldier, was the one calling Jesus the Son of God.

Release one prisoner (Mk 15:6-15:6)

“Now at the festival,

Pilate used to release

A prisoner

For them,

Anyone,

For whom they asked.”

 

Κατὰ δὲ ἑορτὴν ἀπέλυεν αὐτοῖς ἕνα δέσμιον ὃν παρῃτοῦντο.

 

This is almost word for word in Matthew, chapter 27:15.  In John, chapter 18:39, there is something similar about the custom of releasing prisoners, but there is nothing in Luke about this custom.  Mark said that at the festival time (Κατὰ δὲ ἑορτὴν), the Roman governor used to release one of the many prisoners to the Jewish people (ἀπέλυεν αὐτοῖς ἕνα δέσμιον), usually not a criminal facing the death penalty.  This crowd could request the one that they wanted (παρῃτοῦντο), so that this kept the local folks happy.  It is not clear how much this custom took place.  Who would you ask for?

The western building in the Temple yard (Ezek 41:12-41:12)

“The building

That was facing

The temple yard

On the west side was

Seventy cubits wide.

The wall

Of the building was

Five cubits thick

All around.

Its depth was

Ninety cubits.”

This western building facing the Temple had the usual 5 cubits or 8 feet thick wall. However, it was a rectangular building of 70 cubits by 90 cubits, about 105 feet by 135 feet, one of the larger buildings mentioned so far. Perhaps this large building may have been a stable for horses.

Reunion of Israel and Judah (Jer 50:4-50:5)

“Says Yahweh.

‘In those days,

At that time,

The people of Israel

Shall come together

With the people of Judah.

They shall come

Weeping.

They shall seek

Yahweh,

Their God.

They shall ask

The way to Zion,

With faces turned

Toward it.

They shall join themselves

To Yahweh

By an everlasting covenant

That will never be forgotten.’”

Clearly this is a future time, when both the Israelites and Judeans would return to Zion together, not separately. They would come weeping as they sought Yahweh, their God. They would want to know the way to Jerusalem while facing towards Zion. At the same time, they would join themselves to Yahweh with an everlasting covenant that would never be forgotten. There was always a lot of talk of an unforgettable covenant, and then a little forgetfulness would happen.