Topic: Hebrew/Greek Word Meanings: Reed

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Reed: Literally “Spearmen

A “Reed” means to pierce.

  • 2 Kings 18:21 Now look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.

  • Matthew 27:29-30 When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.

  • Psalm 68:30 Rebuke the beasts of the reeds, The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples, Till everyone submits himself with pieces of silver. Scatter the peoples who delight in war.

In the case of Jesus’, the “spear-men” were those involved in having Him crucified.

There are several words consistent with Jesus’ crucifixion and which tie certain verses together which otherwise would seem to have nothing to do with one another: To “pierce” is related to Jesus’ crucifixion not only in the fact that He was nailed to the cross and speared in the side but it is also used as being “gored” by a bull.

If one thing leads to another, the goring of a bull is the price of 30 pieces of silver, the price of Judas’ betrayal. Bulls lead to Jewish leaders.

The crown of thorns pierced Jesus’ head. Thorns are related to weeds and weeds are related to God’s curse on man.

See: 30 pieces of silver
See: Crown of Thorns
See: Bulls

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