Politically Incorrect Statement #16
Twin verses here regarding the Lord's words at His crucifixion:
Matt 27:46 (also recorded in Mark 15:34)
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?
Then Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, 'He said, It is finished': and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.
Comment: Some take these verses to mean that God abandoned Jesus of Nazareth. Both those who call themselves Christian and those who mock Christ often assume this. Some even say the Lord's words prove that His Father, (Jehovah) never existed. What many have failed to notice (or maybe their pastors/priests failed to tell them), is that these verses highlighted in scripture are actually direct quotes from Psalms 22, specifically verse 1 (My God, My God) and the last verse, 31 (It is finished, or He has done it). Reading the entire Psalms 22 will give the reader a chilling account of several specific events during the Lord's crucifixion, again several of which are recorded in all four gospels. And for the record - Psalms 22:24 proves that the Lord knew His Father had not “forgotten Him”. Read all of Psalms 22 and you'll discover the truth for yourself.
For all the deliberate misinterpretations and abuses toward scripture throughout time found among the churches and in the world, we should be asking instead: “My God, my God why have WE forsaken You?”
Conclusion: So what is the aim of all this? In truth, to once more prove that religion and politics are bedfellows. If not so, then the pulpit would never allow political correctness to silence the Lord.
The Word of God accuses all of us who ignore or stifle portions of scripture, but especially, accusations belong at the feet of clergy and the churches. The churches show themselves to be more knowledgeable re: Law of precedent vs. the Law of God. They are more canny with public relations and with minding the till than with preaching Christ and rightly dividing the word of truth. Likewise in history, the Pharisees were more familiar with their oral traditions versus the Law of Moses and were blind concerning the words of the Prophets as regarded the coming Messiah. Many failed to recognize the Redeemer as He stood before them day after day. Jesus of Nazareth hammered the Pharisees by retorting: “Have you not read?” and “It is written” and “I would have mercy and not sacrifice” (Matt 9:13, 12:7, and Hosea 6:6) while Hosea's scripture continued with, “...and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.”
It's rare to find the Lord's Spirit in a church any longer (Bethel incidentally, means 'house of the Lord') due to the political climate and churches entertaining heathen traditions. Just like those ancient places once associated with holiness that became polluted - the church systems that claim Christ now are largely anything but holy. Distinctions between the sacred and the profane are nearly non-existent in many churches. The Body of Christ in today's world is largely a scattered remnant hidden within the “wilderness” of secular life - awaiting their final duty. Finally, this very old passage made a plea to the House of Israel (read: you and me) and is just as apt now as it was then:
"For the Lord has said to the House of Israel, Seek Me, and you shall live:
v.5 Don't seek after Bethel (a house of God, i.e. church), nor enter into Gilgal (a memorial to God's deliverance), and pass not to Beer-Sheba (well of the oath/covenant): for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nothing. v.6 Seek the Lord, and you shall live; lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph (another name for House of Israel) and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel. v.7 You who turn judgment to wormwood (bitterness), and leave off righteousness in the earth, v.8 Seek Him that made the seven stars (the Pleiades) and Orion, and turns the shadow of death into the morning, and makes the day dark with night: that calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord (YHVH, Jehovah,"I AM THAT I AM”) is His name."
*Two incidents of the Lord having spoken this: As recorded in Matt 12:38 & Luke 11:29; and at a second incident answering with this expression on the Sea of Galilee's coast between Magdala & Dalmanutha - Matt 16:4 & Mark 8:12).
Carmelite Mysticism And Eastern Mysticism, Keith Reeves Barron O.C.D.S. Ph.D. Ed.S
International Seminar Zidine, Bosnia Sept 17-22, 2007.