Dad stepped out the room briefly, Psalm 22:1 blog 6

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Therefore, the technical term or title ahead of psalm 22 is perfect.

al ayyeleth hashshahar’  ‘concerning the hind of the dawn

Some think this is a musical term but I agree with the other school of thought which affirms that the title refers to a sacrificial offering of a, ewe, in connection with which the psalm was sung by the offerer, or by priests in his name.

This sacrifice was a sin offering which was brought at the first light of dawn, Job 1:5.

It’s most enlightening to see that Jesus our high priest recited parts if not all of this psalm while He himself was a sin offering at Calvary. No surprise either that psalm 22 is  a  Good Friday psalm. Find out more about Good Friday

Let’s consider this amazing statement in verse 1 of psalm 22,

My God, my God why have you forsaken me’. This is total abandonment, but never final abandonment.

Perhaps a little personal story will help us understand the situation.

When my son Joseph was a little baby, I’d take him home from nursery and feed him afternoon dinner. Knowing he was hungry the first thing I did arriving home was strap him safely in a high-baby chair and make my way into the kitchen to prepare his food.

As I seated Joseph in the high chair he’d smile with a great big enormous grin on his face. But every single time I left the room to prepare his food his face dropped, into a crest fallen, sorrowful countenance and he burst into tears. The tears were accompanied by ear piercing screams.

Why? I left the room. In Jospeh’s little mind I was gone and never coming back. Sometimes I’d peep my head around the door and smile and wave while his food was preparing. He’d stop crying, sniffle and look up at me with sad eyes. Then I’d disappear into the kitchen to get his food and sure enough Joseph screamed and wept and wreathed sorrowfully again in the confines of his high baby chair.

When I left the room, it was total abandonment and he was completely alone for that short time while I prepared his food. However, the abandonment was never final. If I had left him in the baby chair for many days he would not have survived and that would have been ultimate forsaking.  I would have been criminally negligent.

Likewise, the forsaking of Jesus on the cross was total abandonment by God the Father, but never final abandonment.  Jesus and the Father were always going to be reunited. The forsaking is proportional. I left my son Joseph completely alone in the room. But only for a short time with very good reason.

God did forsake Christ on the cross but only for a very short time (several days) with very good reason (redemption of sinners). The forsaking of Christ is proportional in the light of eternity and redemption. Several days out of an unending duration of time in an appropriate context of circumstances.

Many people charge God with a criminal final abandonment saying, ‘how could God forsake His Son?’  But the resurrection and ascension of Christ is clear evidence that such a criminal abandonment did not happen. Find out more about the Ressurrection  The heavenly Father came back into the room.

Who do you think folded up the face cloth wrapped around Jesus’ head in the tomb? It was God the Father! John 20:7 The, same God who clothed Adam and Eve.

There’s no doubt in my mind that the heavenly Father was the first person to enter that tomb and awaken his beautiful boy.

It is no coincidence that,

My God my God why have you forsaken me’ was uttered in Aramaic by Jesus Matthew 27:46


Aramaic was Israel’s vernacular which started to develop in the Babylonian exile. Their national independence had been destroyed. The people had been removed from Judah by force. Everything changed even to the point of adopting Aramaized Hebrew forms of language.

Christ deliberately used the language of exile because he knew he was always returning. Totally forsaken at Calvary but not finally forsaken to the grave. 

In exile the Hebrews lost their national independence. They had been removed from their homeland. Did not Jesus lose His independence when nailed to the cross? Had not the Son of God been removed from His heavenly home where He’d previously dwelled in joyful realms of infinity with His Father?

The choice of Aramaic words by Jesus clues us in to the total exile experienced at Calvary. But it was never a final exile. Just like the Jews returned from Babylon, so too Jesus returned from the hateful rejection and brutal death on a cross at Calvary.

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