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By Rachelle Hamlin

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It Is Finished

By: Rachelle Hamlin

Fort Fairfield Journal, April 16, 2014

Far back in history a man called Abram lived in Ur of the Chaldeans, present day Iraq. As an adult he began a personal walk with G-d that changed world history. The Bible records the Almighty changed his name to Abraham to signify his spiritual life. Abraham became the father of Ishmael, progenitor of the Islamic people, son of a concubine. Isaac, progenitor of the Hebrews, was his wife’s son. Isaac’s son followed his grandfather’s spiritual path and G-d changed his name from Jacob to Israel. From Abraham and Israel’s children issued the great nation of Jews from which Messiah, the awaited redeemer of all nations would come: our beloved Jesus, the Eternal King. The distinguishing feature of these people was the way that G-d established a spiritual relationship with those among them who loved their birthright.

Now I want us to focus on one of Israel’s children, a boy named Dan. His is a short story as we know little about him. We know about his birth, and his birthright as father of one tribe of the Israelites. We know about his spiritual blessing given by his father, Jacob (Israel) as he was about to die. Dan’s story is both simple and clear concerning both birthrights.

His mother named him Justice because she felt she had received Justice from the Almighty. In Hebrew, the word for justice is pronounced as deen or doon. This transliterates to our word, Dan. Knowing this, it’s not surprising that as Jacob laid his aged hand on Dan’s head to prophesy a Divine blessing over his son, this is what he said: “Dan will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel. (Dan) Justice will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider tumbles backward.” The prophecy concerns the qualities of justice itself, not merely a mystery about someone’s children.

When justice is being done it comes in the form of a judgment that changes things. In our court systems if justice is made on a debatable issue, it becomes set and is held final at the moment that the judgment is spoken by the judge. That is like the sting of the viper’s venom striking at the heels of a man fully determined to go forward with some plan who discovers that “it just ain’t gonna happen!” The moment when the gavel goes down on the judge’s desk is when it’s over.

This ritual of the gavel interests me. Justice in Hebrew is pronounce deen or doon, here the gavel goes down. It’s the sound of Justice! The noise of that smack-down signifies a just judgment. So we have this amazingly similar sound that has been lurking in our languages for thousands of years. Deen, doon, dan, down and let’s add, done. All of them signify justice.

This brings me to the shining example of Justice that occurred a mere two thousand years ago, the death of Messiah Jesus on the cross at Calvary as a despised criminal. At first glance one would have to say that of all things that have ever transpired on G-d’s Good Green Earth, this was a day of infamy, of travesty, of supremely unimaginable injustice when Divinity Himself was murdered by his supposed lovers. Yet true as that is, even truer is the fact that from the perspective of the Almighty Father of Jesus, judgment was being pleaded for when His Son, our lawyer, said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” He persuaded the judge on our behalf.

And so, the judgment went for us and against Jesus. Jesus cried, “Father, why have you forsaken me?” But the judgment was irreversible. Sin had to be done away with and Jesus had made himself sin on our behalf. In a most perfect response, Jesus, accepting the Father’s judgment against him replied, “It is done.” It was Hebrew. He probably used the actual word for justice, deen or doon. Yet the truth is that he understood that Justice was accomplished. The Father had rendered a non-negotiable opinion. The sentence was given, carried out and the matter dispensed with once and for all. In the sight of men and G-d, Jesus received the death penalty and we all went free.

Past Hebrew and Gentile nations were forgiven. Present Roman Empire and outlands forgiven. Future nations, troubles, wars and injustices, all the evils that people could devise were forgiven. Immediately after this Jesus died. The words “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” still sounded in the ears of those standing by. Jesus died. The earth shook and the sky darkened from the immense noise of the gavel that went down as Jesus died. It is a sound that cannot be unheard. It still reverberates to this day.




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