Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Into Your Hands: 7 Last Words on Life (7)

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Background:
"It is finished" and #7, "into thy hands" (Luke)
too often read as simply the end of life
each one interprets the moment theologically
Jesus chooses the cross

the "voluntary character of Jesus’ death", Augustine (Fitzmyer, 1519)

quoting a psalm
word #4 (my God, my God) – Psalm 22
#7 (into your hands) – Psalm 31.6
Used as bedtime prayer in later rabbinic tradition (Fitzmyer, 1519)

"The Lord needs it" (Luke 19.31, 34)
the experience of having something taken from us
or of having "stuff happen" to us
little explanation, at least that makes sense


reading these Scriptures in a very personal way right now
why are "they" doing this?
how can you trust?
people are imperfect, systems are imperfect

What of Jesus, brutally executed?
Why are "they" doing this?
Can he trust them to have him in their hearts?
This is beyond imperfect people and systems – deliberate

"The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands" (Luke 9.44)
passive, victim, life is happening to us and we are not in control
sickness, something happens to a child
"stuff happens"

Moving from object to subject:Jesus moved from object to subject:
Jesus "gave himself", Gal 1.4, 2.20, Eph 5.2, 5.25, 1Tm 2.6, Tit 2.14
"the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me"
Gal 2.20

Jesus moved from object to subject by the prayer of Trust:
"Father, into your hands I commend my spirit" (Lk 23.46)
"He who several times over in this Gospel has been depicted as one to be handed over ‘into the hands of men’ ... now entrusts himself ... into the hands of the Father" (Fitzmyer, 1514)
 
Resources:Joseph A. Fitzmyer, 1985, The Gospel According to Luke X-XXIV, (The Anchor Bible 28A), Doubleday: Garden City, New York.

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