Leviticus 18 has some actions listed that people might have done and would be considered as something that could push their relationship away from God.
You know that whoever does any of these disgusting things will no longer be considered one of God’s people. – Leviticus 18:29 GNT
It is not the evil one who will punish those who commit these sins but God. I suppose if I were to fall into the hands of the evil one, I could pray, and God would help me. But is there a place for me to go when God decides to not call me one of His?
It happened to Jesus and I saw it through the eyes of Psalm 22 today. This is where the gospel of Matthew correlates between what Jesus was seeing, experiencing and saying. There were four of them.
- Matthew 27:35 GNT – They crucified him and then divided his clothes among them by throwing dice.
Psalm 22:18 GNT – They gamble for my clothes and divide them among themselves.
2. Matthew 27:39 GNT – People passing by shook their heads and hurled insults at Jesus
Psalm 22:7 GNT – All who see me make fun of me; they stick out their tongues and shake their heads.
3. Matthew 27:43 GNT – He trusts in God and claims to be God’s Son. Well, then, let us see if God wants to save him now!
Psalm 22:8 GNT – “You relied on the Lord,” they say. “Why doesn’t he save you? If the Lord likes you, why doesn’t he help you?”
This next one is where I noted the abandonment of Jesus by God.
4. Matthew 27:46 GNT – At about three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?”
Psalm 22:1 GNT – My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? I have cried desperately for help, but still it does not come.
How do I pray Psalm 22 with Jesus in mind? How do I meditate on what Jesus experienced and prayed? The Psalm jumps back and forth between the Messiah describing His experience and then praying.
When I feel abandoned —
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
I have cried desperately for help,
but still it does not come.
During the day I call to you, my God,
but you do not answer;
I call at night,
but get no rest. – Psalm 22:1-2 GNT
When I want to remember Christ’s presence —
But you are enthroned as the Holy One,
the one whom Israel praises.
Our ancestors put their trust in you;
they trusted you, and you saved them.
They called to you and escaped from danger;
they trusted you and were not disappointed. – Psalm 22:3-5 GNT
What I do know is that I can cry out to God for help.
O Lord, don’t stay away from me!
Come quickly to my rescue!
Save me from the sword;
save my life from these dogs.
Rescue me from these lions;
I am helpless[d] before these wild bulls. – Psalm 22:19-21 GNT
This is why I can pray and ask God for help for I have not lost my confidence in God’s ability to rescue. Though He may seem far, He is near. My crises of life should never become a crises of faith.
DisciplineThrow away thy rod,Throw away thy wrath:O my God,Take the gentle path.For my heart’s desireUnto thine is bent:I aspireTo a full consent.Not a word or lookI affect to own,But by book,And thy book alone.Though I fail, I weep:Though I halt in pace,Yet I creepTo the throne of grace.Then let wrath remove;Love will do the deed:For with loveStony hearts will bleed.Love is swift of foot;Love’s a man of war,And can shoot,And can hit from far.Who can ’scape his bow?That which wrought on thee,Brought thee low,Needs must work on me.Throw away thy rod;Though man frailties hath,Thou art God:Throw away thy wrath.