The Words that Echo from the Cross of Calvary-Part 11
On the 14th of Nisan the Lamb of God was sacrificed for us. The day would have begun the evening before because a biblical day is from evening to evening. It would have been on the 14th day of the first month, in Jesus’ day it would have fallen on a Wednesday. The lambs that were slaughtered for Passover on this day would have been slaughtered between the hours of noon and 3:00 P.M.
The priests in the temple would slaughter the lamb for the Nation at exactly 3:00 P.M. on this day, the Feast of Unleavened bread. The other 250,000 lambs that would have been slaughtered that day would have been done by the members of every household. This was symbolic that salvation is for every household. At the exact same time that a lamb was being slain in the temple for the Nation of Israel, the Lamb of God Yeshua, Jesus our Lord and Savior, was slain outside of the city on the cross of Calvary.
Many in Israel believed that Yeshua was the Messiah before His death, but the circumstances of His death caused many more to believe that He was indeed the Messiah of Israel. It became obvious to some that He was indeed the Messiah because they saw the Messianic scriptures being fulfilled right before their eyes. This was the case with the Lord’s final words echoing from the cross.
As a Jew it was very common to only hint at something. The listeners were to pick up on the hint and understand the deep allegoric meaning that was being suggested rather than just the literal sense of what was being said. This method of communication is called “remez”. Yeshua used it often and the scriptures are full of hints, riddles and mysteries for us to discover. In that day when someone was trying to make mention of some spiritual principal or to draw attention to some profound insight that is contained in the Word, they would just mention a phrase or sentence contained in that portion of scripture. For the most part everyone would know immediately what the entire sense of that portion of scripture was about, it would not be necessary to say anything more.
As was Yeshua’s method of teaching, He pointed His audience to the scriptures, even as He hung on the cross. He proclaimed to be the Messiah without actually announcing this fact. His method to do this was “remez”. What He did was cry out in great agony and with His last breath he communicated, I am THE ONE, you have been waiting for, I am THE ONE the scriptures have foretold. He then cried in a loud voice, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me”? Pointing his audience to the chapter that the sages considered to be about the Messiah, His suffering, His Praise and His Posterity. All ears hearing His last words would have immediately thought of the opening lines of Psalm 22 which begins with:
My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? Not only would they have thought of the opening lines, their thoughts would have gone to all that the Psalm contains. The prophetic words of the psalmist were happening right in front of them. They were watching history unfold as truth contained in the Psalm was being enacted before them. Following is the Messianic Psalm that Yeshua was quoting in order to proclaim that He was the one these scripture were speaking of. This Psalm is a prophecy about the promised Messiah. Yeshua was saying the things that were prophesied about me are happening at this very hour, right before your eyes.
Psalm 22 My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning? 2 O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; And in the night season, and am not silent. 3 But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. 4 Our fathers trusted in You; They trusted, and You delivered them. 5 They cried to You, and were delivered; They trusted in You, and were not ashamed. 6 But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people. 7 All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 8 "He trusted in the LORD, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!" 9 But You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made Me trust while on My mother's breasts. 10 I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother's womb You have been My God. 11 Be not far from Me, For trouble is near; For there is none to help. 12 Many bulls have surrounded Me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me. 13 They gape at Me with their mouths, Like a raging and roaring lion. 14 I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death. 16 For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; 17 I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. 18 They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots. 19 But You, O LORD, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me!
20 Deliver Me from the sword, My precious life from the power of the dog. 21 Save Me from the lion's mouth And from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered Me. 22 I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You. 23 You who fear the LORD, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel! 24 For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from Him; But when He cried to Him, He heard. 25 My praise shall be of You in the great assembly; I will pay My vows before those who fear Him. 26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied; Those who seek Him will praise the LORD. Let your heart live forever! 27 All the ends of the world Shall remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations Shall worship before You. 28 For the kingdom is the LORD'S, And He rules over the nations. 29 All the prosperous of the earth Shall eat and worship; All those who go down to the dust Shall bow before Him, Even he who cannot keep himself alive. 30 A posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation, 31 They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, That He has done this." (same as it is finished)
Yeshua then, proclaims, “IT IS FINISHED” hangs His head and dies. These words, “it is finished” are the last words of Psalm 22. Most translations however have the English words: That He has done this, or something similar. The Hebrew thought for that phrase would be: “It is finished”. Saints, we have a double remez taking place on the cross hinting of a much deeper truth to the crowd of on lookers and to all seekers of truth from generation to generation, that the prophetic scriptures pointing to the Messiah of Israel were being fulfilled in that hour. Once He hung his head and died, surely they that were watching as lots were cast for His garments looked upon the one that they had pierced and mourned. All the words of this Psalm would be swimming around in their minds as the realization came to them, that He was indeed who He said that He was. The revelation that Yeshua was the promised Messiah would pierce their hearts on this 14th day of Nisan.
25 EX 12:6
26 The Seven Festivals of the Messiah, Edward Chumney
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