As we rapidly approach Easter I took half an hour to listen to a Tony Campolo podcast about Easter. I was amazed to learn something I had never known wrapped up in something I had known for quite some time!
Tony was talking about Jesus word's, My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? At first he points out that the crock hanging beside him might have become a little nervous, after all a short time before Jesus said these words he told the man that they would be together today in paradise! You would be forgiven I'm sure for questioning Jesus at this point!
However Tony continued and makes the statement that I'm sure we all know, that the bible has only been divided into chapters and verses in recent history (according to gotquestions.com in 1227 AD). So when Jesus wanted to quote scripture he couldn't say Isaiah 1:11 says ... However Jesus did have a distinct advantage (other than the obvious). The religious people of the time knew (and we mean really knew) their bibles. So when Jesus said My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? people would have instantly known he was quoting a Psalm!
I didn't know this so paused the podcast to look it up. Check it out here here courtesy of biblegateway.com and the NIV translation. For me it threw an entirely new understanding on the passage and paints a very different picture of what Jesus was perhaps saying when he said those words.