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Bible Commentary Adam Clarke

My God, My God, Why have you Forsaken Me?


There are difficult verses in Yahweh's Word, but this is not one of them. Yahweh did not forsake his Only-begotten Son; in whom Yahweh was well pleased; who completely did his Father's will! Yahoshua did not forsake his Father and his Father did not forsake him. Christ, upon the cross, was not asking his Father for deliverance! What then is the explanation for the above statement? Yahoshua was quoting, to the Hebrews only, Psalm 22. Men have attempted to explain these words by stating that Yahweh did forsake his son, who was dying upon the cross, according to his Father's will because Yahweh could not stand sin, etc. etc. thereby making Yahweh an unreliable Father that will abandon his righteous children in their time of need, which he promises not to do. In addition to the above title, I will address my opinion on why Christ was tortured before his death and to his death.

A difficult verse must be understood in the light of the clear verses; never to be understood in contradiction to the clear verses. (For the clear verses on the relationship of Yahweh and Yahoshua, see Appendix A.) We may never understand a difficult verse but we can emphatically state what it does not mean. Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34, if taken to mean that Yahweh abandoned Christ, would contradict Yahweh's entire message on hesed (family obligation), as recorded in his Word; Ps 37:28  "For, Yahweh, loveth justice, and will not forsake his men of hesed..." Yahweh can not break his Word! Moses told the children of Israel, "Be firm and bold, do not fear nor tremble, because of them,—for, Yahweh thy Elohim, it is who is going with thee, he will not fail thee nor forsake thee" (Deu. 31:6, 8; Heb. 13:5). Christ stated in John 16:32,"Lo! there cometh an hour, and hath come, that ye should be scattered, each, unto his own home; and, me, alone, should leave; And yet I am not, alone, but, the Father, is, with me!" Mankind may come and go in their service to Christ but Yahweh is Faithful to his children who serve him; to say otherwise is blasphem! To say Yahweh forsook Christ is no different than what the Scribes and Elders were saying, which was, "He hath put confidence upon Yahweh, Let him rescue him, now, if he desireth him; for he said, I am, Yahweh’s Son" (Mt. 27:43).

(Yahweh will forsake people who live in wickedness, as recorded in the scriptures: De 31:17  Then will mine anger kindle upon them in that day, and I will forsake them, and will hide my face from them, and they shall be consumed, and many calamities and misfortunes shall find them out,—and they will say, in that day, Is it not because my Elohim is not in my midst, that these calamities have found me out? Ex. 34:15-16  The eyes of Yahweh, are towards the righteous, And, his ears, towards their cry for help: The face of Yahweh, is against such as do wickedness, To cut off, from the earth, their memory.)

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