questioning Jesus, Mark 14, ‘“Where is their God?” Psalm 115:2a

9 Sep

26 ‘When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

What hymn would they have sung on this night of darkness and betrayal? What song would have been the last sung by our Savior prior to his arrest, torture, and crucifixion?

In the Jewish tradition, the “Passover Psalms” were sung during and after the meal. These were Psalms 113-118. Typically, Psalms 113-114 were sung during the meal and Psalms 115-118 were sung at the close of the meal. In Greek, the word “hymn” isn’t limited to the singular, which makes it likely that Jesus and his disciples followed tradition and together sang Psalms 115-118.

This is, these are, the one song they, Jesus and his disciples, all sang together. Consider these verses,

115:9,11 – O Israel, trust the Lord!
He is your helper and your shield.
All you who fear the Lord, trust the Lord!
He is your helper and your shield.

Psalm 116:1-8 – I love the Lord because he hears my voice
and my prayer for mercy.
Because he bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath!
Death wrapped its ropes around me;
the terrors of the grave overtook me.
I saw only trouble and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“Please, Lord, save me!”
How kind the Lord is! How good he is!
So merciful, this God of ours!
The Lord protects those of childlike faith;
I was facing death, and he saved me.
Let my soul be at rest again,
for the Lord has been good to me.

He has saved me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.

Psalm 118:1 – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.

Psalm 118:5-7 – In my distress I prayed to the Lord,
and the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?
Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me.
I will look in triumph at those who hate me.

Psalm 118:13-14 – My enemies did their best to kill me,
but the Lord rescued me.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has given me victory.

Psalm 118:22-26 – The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is wonderful to see.
This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Please, Lord, please save us.
Please, Lord, please give us success.
Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
We bless you from the house of the Lord.

Their song? These Psalms. The house of the Lord? Where they ate, spoke, broke bread and washed together.

And now where they are walking to: the garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives.

Where? He is travelling to us; our hearts. He sings. So do I.

Sing.

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