Palms Baptist Church Bible Study
John 20:1-10: What Jesus Left in the Tomb
April 9, 2020
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John 20:1-10: What Jesus Left in the Tomb

April 9, 2020 / 20:

Biblical details give Practical and

God also uses details and symbols to communicate deeper

Hebrew reflects a word’s and rather than its of as it is

The Tallit was:

  • The most identifiable Jewish
  • Used as a when Jews pray (Private Prayer closet)

The Tzitzit (seet-seet) was:

  • A of numerous threads and knots that attached to the Kanaph (Corner) of the Prayer Shawl
  • Tassel made of white silk thread with one blue cotton thread
  • Command given in Numbers 15:37-40
    • Also see Deuteronomy 22:12
  • Meant to symbolize the Law’s and that one is bound to it

The Kanaph was:

  • The Kanaph was the “” of the Tallit where the Tzitzit connected to
    • Due to the shared meaning, the corners of the prayer shawl is called “the wings”
      • Earliest mention of Kanaph is in Exodus 19:4
      • See Messianic prophecy in Malachi 4:2 – “Healing in His wings (Kanaph)”

The Tallit, Kanaph, and Tzitzit (prayer shawl, corners, and tassels) represented:

  • and
    • Earliest mention of Kanaph is in Exodus 19:4
    • Ruth 2:12 – Ruth takes “refuge under God’s wings (Kanaph)
    • Ruth 3:9 – Ruth asks Boaz to take her under his wing (Kanaph)
    • Had to be covered when you approached God due to sin
    • Genesis 3:7; Genesis 3:21 (“Clothed” communicates the ideal of “Covering”)
      • The first prayer shawl or “wing’ God provided
    • Ezekiel 16:8 -God speaks to Jerusalem and says, “I spread my wings (Kanaph) over you and cover your nakedness”
    • Moses is “covered” or “Kanaph’d” as God passed by on Sinai
      • Exodus 33:22
  • The is and we are to it
    • Tzitzit Gematria equals 600. The 8 strings and 5 knots on each tassel equal 613
      • 613 is the same number as laws in Torah
  • (Made popular by Pharisees)
    • Christ condemns the Pharisees “long tassels” (Matthew 23:5) to demonstrate their piety
    • David and Saul
      • 1 Samuel 15:26-28 -Saul rips the tassels from Samuels prayer shawl (Kanaph)
        • Samuel then speaks that as Saul ripped his Kanaph so God will rip Sauls kingdom away because Saul has rejected God’s Kanaph (Authority)
      • 1 Samuel 24:3-4 -David cuts Saul’s Kanaph in the cave
      • 1 Samuel 24:20 – Saul recognizes that David stole his authority by stealing the tassels, and therefore will become king
    • Elijah and Elisha
      • 2 Kings 2:8-15
        • Elijah left his “rolled up” mantle (clothing) with Elisha that shared in the spreading of the Jordan

The Talitt and Tzitzit represented the extension of one’s self…to include their and

      • Luke 8:44 -Women reaches for Christ’s “Kraspedon”
      • Acts 19:11-12 -Paul’s Prayer Shawl and Tassels used for healing
    • Psalms 17:8 – “hide me under the shadow of your wings (Kanaph)
      • Also see Psalm 57:1 and Psalm 91
    • Malachi 4:2 – The Messiah will bring healing in his wings (Kanaph)
    • People flock to touch Jesus’ prayer Shawl
      • Luke 8:44 -Women reaches for Christ’s tassels
      • Mark 6:56
      • Matthew 9:20-21
      • Matthew 14:36
    • Numbers 15:38 -One string must be blue/purpled dye
      • Symbol of royalty
    • Romans forced tassel maker/dyers underground due to the decree only royalty wear blue
    • Priests allowed to wear blue tassel as “blue blooded” class in Roman society
      • God said something different – See Exodus 19:6

John 20:1-10

What was the cloth?

ANSWER: It was Christ’s rolled up and bound by the

  • Even today, Jews are buried with their prayer shawls over their head as the ultimate “covering” that symbolize that even in death, they are being obedient to the Law of Moses

Practical Message: !

  • The prayer shawl was of personal importance revered by the owner of the shawl
    • Grave Robbers would not care or revere the deceased prayer shawl
      • If they had reverence for the deceased shawl, they wouldn’t rob in the first place
    • Body Robbers would not take the time to fold and bind the shawl and then leave it in the tomb
    • In both cases, grave robbers or body thieves would be in a rush
      • The folding and binding of the shawl communicates a non-dramatic and calm scene
  • Simply: Only Christ would have paid reverence to His own personal shawl

But Why did He leave it behind?

Deeper Spiritual Truth:

  • Deliverance
    • Galatians 5:1
  • Covering
    • Romans 4:7-8
  • Bound to the completeness of the Law
    • Matthew 5:17-18
    • 1 Corinthians 15:56 – “sting of death is sin, the power of sin is the Law”
  • Authority
    • Revelation 19:16 – The Robe (Tallit), on His thigh (where tassels hang) is “Lord of Lords”
  • Royalty
    • Revelation 19:16 – “King of Kings”
  • Refuge
    • Matthew 11:28-30

The Shawl, corners, and tassels were symbolic of the Shawl and Tassel that is !

Christ left it behind because it was .

  • What the Shawl represented intended to point to what Christ would accomplish…and it was finished!
    • John 5:45

As believers, we do not cloth ourselves with symbolic Shawls and Tassels, but we are clothed in the and of Christ who is our real Shawl and Tassel! -Isaiah 61:10



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