Friday, July 25, 2008

Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? Mark 15:34; Matthew 27:46

This was the sentence from the almost dead Jesus' mouth. Whenever there was 'the passion' being sung on a Good Friday mass, I would ask myself - why did the son of God cry out in despair to His Father? But over the years I'm slowly realizing what these words mean in my life. Whenever theres a moment of joy and happiness, we turn to Him singing praises but when we are in deep trouble, we tend to ask Him- why have you forsaken me? Why can't you hear my cry for help when I'm being surrounded by so many troubles in life? It just means I'm affirming my faith in Him (as Jesus did) and not crying out in despair (as I wrongly thought). That is what everyone does I believe.

Kftvt J mffe b njsbdmf! Zpv lopx cftu! A promise kept! :)
My God, my God why have you forsaken me?!!

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Blogger Cephyr13 said...

You'll be pleased to know that there's much more to the comment Jesus made on the cross. If you'll turn to Psalm 22, you'll noticed that Jesus' words are the exact beginning of the Psalm.

Because there were precious few copies of the scriptures back then and many were illiterate, the people would memorize much of the Old Testament, especially the Psalms.

In the temple, it was customary to simply speak the first line of a Psalm, and that would invoke the entire Psalm. Everyone had the Psalms memorized, so when the first line was spoken, the people immediately knew the rest of the Psalm being taught about.

Read through Psalm 22, and you'll find that it is actually a prophecy about Jesus speaking of the events Jesus is going through at that very moment, such as the lots being cast for His clothes, as well as the people realizing he is righteous as His death comes about so that these people could be "born" (again), which is exactly what happened. The people saw Him die and said, "Surely, this man was the Messiah."

The Psalm will also show that Jesus is clearly not asking God why has He forsaken him, because the next line in the Psalm speaks of knowing God is there, but simply feeling far from Him.

I hope this has been helpful.

- Brian

Saturday, August 23, 2008 7:15:00 AM  
Blogger Cephyr13 said...

You'll be pleased to know that there's much more to the comment Jesus made on the cross.

In those days, there were precious few copies of the scriptures, and many illiterate people. The people were very smart, though, and would memorize much of the scriptures, especially the Psalms.

It was customary for the teachers in the temple to invoke an entire Psalm by simply speaking the first verse of that Psalm. Having the Psalms memorized, the people hearing the teaching would immediately understand which Psalm was being spoken of.

If you'll turn to Psalm 22, you'll noticed that the first line of Psalm 22 is word for word what Jesus speaks on the cross: "My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?"

Key verses will let you know that Psalm 22 is definitely a prophecy about Jesus dying for the sins of the world. Here are a few key verses in Psalm 22:

15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;

(when being crucified, you become dehydrated horribly. That's why they try to give Jesus something to drink)

v16 ...a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.

v18 They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.

This is clearly a prophecy about Jesus' crucifixion given in His own words.

I hope this has been helpful.

- Brian

Saturday, August 23, 2008 7:43:00 AM  
Blogger Cephyr13 said...

Please read Psalm 22 and you'll find that Jesus is speaking the first line of that Psalm when he says, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me."

In those days, there were not many copies of the scriptures, and so the people had to memorize as much scripture as they could; the Psalms especially. In the temple, the teachers would invoke an entire Psalm by speaking the first line only. From just the first line, the people knew what Psalm was being taught, because they had it memorized.

Jesus invoked Psalm 22 when he quoted the first line of it. If you read Psalm 22, you can clearly see it is a prophecy from the lips of Jesus himself. He says they've pierced his hands and feet, and they are casting lots for his clothes. It all speaks of what's happening to him on the cross from his own words, as if he had already experienced it back in Psalms. I guess this proves Revelation 13:8 which, in the KJV, says that Jesus was slain from the foundation of the earth (from the beginning).

I hope this has been helpful.

- Brian

Saturday, August 23, 2008 7:49:00 AM  
Blogger Eyvonne19 said...

Brian,

I am working on a New Testament alludes to Old Testament scripture project, can you point me to a source for the customary practice of speaking the first line of a Psalm to invoke the entire thing?

Eyvonne

Monday, December 08, 2008 4:08:00 AM  

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