Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read Matthew 27 (5.1 Monday)
“46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” These are the only words recorded by Matthew of Jesus as He hung on the cross. After He cried these words, Matthew recorded that He cried out one more time and yielded up His spirit, but other than that these are the only words in Matthew’s Gospel of Jesus during His time on the cross.
He did not mention the physical pain of the crucifixion, or of the pain crown of thorns that had been placed on His head earlier. He did not cry or become angry because of the insults and the mockery that was being flung at Him. He did not mention the dried saliva from those who had spit on His face.
Some of the other books recorded Jesus saying some other words as He was on the cross, but not Matthew. This makes me wonder if he was trying to emphasize these particular words. Either way, the words are there. It seems to me like what put Jesus in the most agony, what He was most concerned with, was God the Father “forsaking” Him.
Reflection Questions: Do you think that God has ever forsaken you? Or that He ever will? What do you think would happen if God did forsake, or turn His back to someone?
Read 1 Kings 3:1-15 (5.3 Wednesday)
“Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places.” Solomon loved “the Lord”, not what the Lord could give Him. Reflecting on this text I thought that this was a very important point to note. This reminds me of Psalm 42:1-2: “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”
As this scene progresses, we see Solomon ask for wisdom so he can faithfully lead God’s people. He calls it a great task to lead God’s people. The fact that Solomon asked for wisdom for the purpose of leading God’s people faithfully, I believe points back to the fact that Solomon loved God. Solomon loved God, it even says that he would offer 1,000 burnt offering at a time to God. So when he got the chance to get anything he wanted, it was not unnatural for him to ask for something that pleased God and others first and foremost.
Reflection Questions: Do you find that you love and desire God Himself? Being in His presence? Or do you find yourself having more happiness from what He might do for you?
Reflections written by Wade Henderson