Month 7:18, Week 3:4 (Revee/Shavu'ot), Year:Day 5936:196 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Thursday 4 October 2012
V. Eli-Yahuweh, Lama Azavtani
Continued from Part 4
"Eli-Yahuweh, Eli-Yahuweh; Lama azavtani (Eli-Yahweh, Eli-Yahweh, why have You left Me here for so long) and are far from saving Me from the devarim (words) of My roaring?" (Ps.22:1, RSTNE).
Shalom and Chag Sameach Sukkot kol beit Yisrae'el! Welcome to the fifth day of the festival and to the fourth day of the week, Yom Revee, corresponding to Shavu'ot or Feast of Weeks (Pentecost).
Though the words of today's passage are recorded for us in the B'rit Chadashah Scriptures (New Testament) in Aramaic rather than in the Hebrew of this psalm and sound a little different -"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" (Matt 27:46, NKJV) - the message is clear enough: David, in his own desperate situation because of the national uprising instigated by his son Absalom, prophetically experienced the substance of the same words as Yah'shua (Jesus) would on the cross a thousand years into the future. Indeed, the Pharisees, Sadducees and Torah-teachers hearing Him speak these words from the cross, did not apparently realise that he was quoting David at all and thought he was addressing Elijah. Why? Because Elijah in Hebrew is Eli-yahu which sounds very similar to what Yah'shua (Jesus) actually said, namely, Eli-Yahuweh! In mocking Him as He agonised alone on the cross, they probably never realised that they were fulfilling other parts of this same psalm:
The Pharisees would say:
"All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake their head saying, He trusted on Yahweh that He would deliver Him: let Him deliver Him, seeing that He delighted in Him" (v.8, RSTNE).
To anyone witnessing this event it would have been preposterous to suggest that in a short time Yah'shua (Jesus) would be gloriously resurrected having first died and appeared extinguished forever. And so it is so when both nominal believers and unbelievers alike mock Yahweh's qodeshim or set-apart ones and conclude that their evil schemes have come to fruitition and success only to have them dashed at the last minute. For not only were Yah'shua's (Jesus') human enemies gathered around the suffering Messiah but so also were the hosts of hell, gearing up to party and celebrate what they thought was about to be their greatest victory against Yahweh!
"And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, 'Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself, and come down from the cross!' Likewise the chief cohenim (priests) also, mocking among themselves with the Torah-teachers (scribes), said, 'He saved others; Himself He cannot save. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe'" (Mark 15:29-32, NKJV).
Yet we all know how it ended. We all know who actually celebrated: the talmidim (disciples) when the totally unexpected happened and the wicked were unceremoniously defeated. Even the betrayal of Judas was turned around into a magnificent triumph for the Hosts of Heaven and the faithful ones on earth! There was nothing that Satan could do to suppress the fulfilment of any of Yahweh's prophetic festivals just as it will be impossible for him to prevent the final Sukkot (Tabernacles) from happening at the end of the age.
Today's scripture was one of two passages that Yahweh gave me this morning to share with you. The other, which doesn't at face value, sound as though it is appopriate for Sukkot (Tabernacles) at all, is nevertheless connected to the vision I was shown yesterday of the animals and important events that are playing out to their inevitable and - for the enemy - unexpected defeat:
As the world hurtles towards its own final Sukkot (Tabernacles) so, on the face of, it doesn't very much look as though that this is going to be the fate of the planet, does it? Today the forces of evil are celebrating, getting bolder, and are convinced that they are on the verge of the fulfillment of their plan of the millennia - the creation of a total global dictatorship. But this was how they felt as the Saviour of the World hung on the cross of Calvary too. They were gloating then too and celebrating prematurely.
"I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed. I have wounded them, so that they could not rise; they have fallen under my feet. For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me. You have also given me the necks of my enemies, so that I destroyed those who hated me. They cried out, but there was none to save; even to Yahweh, but He did not answer them. Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind; I cast them out like dirt in the streets" (Ps.18:37-42, NKJV).
All those who love thr fullness of emet (truth) must be prepared to interface with the experience of David and of Messiah Himself when both cried out:
when the emet (truth) is that though it often feels this way it is not the reality. Feelings aren't emet (truth).
"WHY HAVE YOU LEFT ME HERE [ALONE AND SUFFERING] FOR SO LONG?" (Ps.22:1, RSTNE)
Those who have trusted in Him and been true to the covenant of Shavu'ot (Pentecost), which this fourth day of the week during Sukkot (Tabernacles) represents, will not be disappointed. And, moreover, we can celebrate, as we are commanded to do during this season, because victory is assured! Amen.
"For He (Yahweh) has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither has He hidden His face from Him; but when He cried to Him, He heard" (v.24, RSTNE).
Continued in Part 6