The Smell of Sin

“The Messiah, as it is written, ‘And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge of the fear of the Lord, and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord’ (Is. 11:2–3).”
And R. Alexandri said, “The use of the words ‘for quick understanding’ indicates that he loaded him down with good deeds and suffering as a mill [which uses the same letters] is loaded down.”
[Explaining the same word, now with reference to the formation of the letters of the word to mean “smell,”] said Raba, “[The Messiah] smells and judges, for it is written, ‘And he shall judge not after the sight of his eyes nor reprove after the hearing of his ears, yet with righteousness shall he judge the poor’ (Ex. 11:3–4).”
Bar Koziba ruled for two and a half years. He said to rabbis, “I am the Messiah.”
They said to him, “In the case of the Messiah it is written that he smells a man and judges. Let us see whether you can smell a man and judge.”
When they saw that he could not smell a man and judge, they killed him. (b.Sanhedrin 93b)

Could this play into the story of the adulteress woman in John 8:2-11?


Leave a comment

Filed under Mashiach, Talmud

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s