This post picks up where Part I (below) left off. All of these “discoveries” were made on the same night immediately following my reading of II Chronicles.
To refresh, in our class Wednesday night, Beth Moore spent the majority of time talking about how songs (or psalms) are the language our souls speak. She gave several illustrations of how God uses songs and singing as a way of expressing Himself and she notes that Jesus and the disciples sang psalms in Matthew 26:30 after Jesus had instituted the Lord’s Supper during the Last Supper. In following the trails through the psalms and how they related to Hezekiah, I had my Psalms of Ascent workbook open and noticed where I had written this in my workbook. So, since I was on a roll (lol), I decided to check out Matthew 26:30.
I was glad I was sitting in the floor, because I probably would have ended up there anyway. It was definitely another Duh! moment. Guess what the title at the top of the page was?
JESUS CELEBRATES PASSOVER WITH HIS DISCIPLES
Duh! Jesus was in Jerusalem because of Passover!
It gets better.
I flipped back a few chapters to Matthew 21, The Triumphal Entry. Verses 8-11 (NKJV) say:
And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then they multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying;
“Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!”
And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Jesus arrives in Jerusalem and enters the city with other Passover pilgrims. He and the disciples – along with these “multitudes” – were probably singing the Psalms of Ascent on the journey to celebrate Passover in Jerusalem.
I flipped back to Matthew 26, and the first verse under the “Jesus Celebrates Passover with His Disciples” heading was was verse 17.
Now on the first day of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”
That one verse knocked me completely for a loop. I had just finished refreshing my mind about the origins of the Passover. Again, Passover marks the time when God “passed over” all the houses marked with the blood of a lamb without blemish (Exodus 12:5) when the Israelites were in Egypt. Jesus did not come to Jerusalem to eat the Passover. JESUS CAME TO JERUSALEM TO BE THE PASSOVER. The disciples STILL didn’t get what was about to happen. This was the day of the ULTIMATE passover.
Don’t forget that in Jewish culture, day went from sundown to sundown. So this “day” started around 6:00 pm or so. All these things – from the eating of the Passover supper through the crucifixion (Matthew 26:20 – 27:56) – happened during the period of this one day.
What immediately followed Passover? The Feast of Unleavened Bread. What did the Feast of Unleavened Bread mark? When the Lord freed Israel from bondage in Egypt as a result of the deaths of the firstborn in all the houses of Egypt that were not marked by the blood of the lamb. What did Jesus do when He, the only begotten, and therefore firstborn Son of God, became our Passover lamb without blemish? Freed us from the bondage of sin.
It gets BETTER.
During our class video, Beth had made the statement that, specifically, the psalm they probably would have ended the supper with, before going out of the upper room and immediately to the Mount of Olives and Jesus’ arrest, was Psalm 118.
I flipped over to Psalm 118 and promptly FLIPPED OUT. Just image JESUS and the disciples singing THIS (all bold emphasis and bold caps mine):
1 – Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
6 – The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? (Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.” – Matthew 17:22-23)
13 – You pushed me violently, that I might fall, but the LORD helped me. (“Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands” – Matthew 26:67)
14 – The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.
15 – The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; the right hand of the LORD does valiantly. (Where did Jesus ascend to? The right hand of the Father. – Matthew 26: (!!!) 64).
16 – The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
17 – I SHALL NOT DIE, BUT LIVE, and declare the works of the LORD. (“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” – Matthew 28:6)
18 – The LORD has chastened me severely, but He has not given me over to death. (“Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples – and Peter – that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.” – Mark 16:6-7)
19 – Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them.
20 – THIS is the gate of the LORD, through which the righteous shall enter. (Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. – John 14:6)
21 – I will praise You, for You have answered me, and have become my salvation. (Then He said to them, “Thus is is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” – Luke 24:46-47)
22 – The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. (Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘ The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD’s doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’? – Matthew 21:42) (“let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:10-12)
23 – This was the LORD’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.
24 – THIS is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. (I know, again, the psalmist did not intend any other meaning when writing this verse, but, WOW! In the context of Jesus and the disciples singing THIS VERSE on the eve of the CRUCIFIXION? Whoa. And it is SO true. THAT day was the day all creation had been moving toward since the fall in the garden. I’m sure the angels were belting this one out!)
25 – Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.
26 – BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD. (Matthew 21:8-11 – See above.)
27 – God is the LORD, And He has given us LIGHT; BIND THE SACRIFICE WITH CORDS to the horns of the altar. (Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” – John 8:12)
28 – YOU ARE MY GOD, AND i WILL PRAISE YOU; YOU ARE MY GOD, I WILL EXALT YOU.
29 – OH, GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD! FOR HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER.