The verse that always confused me…
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, la′ma
Seriously, while everyone else
And then I started to learn more.
Psalm 22:1 [ Plea for Deliverance from Suffering and Hostility ] [ To the choirmaster: according to The Hind of the Dawn. A Psalm of David. ] MyGod, myGod, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
Jesus was NOT asking God why he was forsaking him… Jesus was repeating out LOUD and clear to the people who were around him a verse that all of them knew. Back then, people darn well knew the scripture. Before it was written in a book and placed in every corner of the world in hundreds of languages… these people KNEW. A teacher did not have to recite the whole story to get a point across, they only had to mention a piece of the story and the students would recall the story, and apply it to the current situation.
So what’s the lesson?
Read all of Psalm 22. This Psalm is a lamentation a plea. David has been put through the ringer, and he starts to feel a bit worn down by it all… but David also comes right around to remembering that God is always faithful to his people and, as with a lot of the Psalms, it sways between lamentation and praise for God’s greatness.
Here’s the kicker though… check out these verses in Psalm, written long before Jesus was born even…
Yea, dogs are round about me; a company of evildoers encircle me; they have pierced my hands and feet— I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my raiment they cast lots.
Sound familiar? Yet, I don’t think the psalmist was actually pierced… at least not the same as Jesus was, he was speaking more figuratively.
The psalmist goes on to state that he will make sure that the generations to come know of God’s faithfulness, and praises God for all that he has done.
And THAT is what Jesus was trying to tell his people as he took his last breath… God is faithful, even when you are at your lowest, regardless of how others treat you when you are feeling beaten and at your wit’s end, God will bring you through it.
I found that incredible… context is everything people. While a lot of people, maybe even most understood the connection in that verse, I put it here anyway, because we are always learning… I can’t be the ONLY one who didn’t understand that.
Note: Bible translations differ in the numbering of the Psalms. I am using the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition. In other
A prayer that I need to recite often:
Father, help me to use my voice to teach. Keep the lessons I teach truthful and full of examples of your faithfulness. Turn all my own lamentations into praises by focusing my mind on the blessings you have given to all of us. Thank you Father, for all those blessings, and my continued path of learning your word. Amen.