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Favorite Bible Verses: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:45-46)

Posted by lehunt on April 9, 2016

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“From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

Matthew 27:45-46


Matthew 27:45-46 became two of my favorite Bible verses recently when I noticed something that had eluded me every other time I read this passage.  According to to Matthew, the darkness lifted at three in the afternoon, the same time that Christ felt abandoned by God. This is what must have happened: After all he had been through, and after hours of darkness, even Christ felt abandoned by God.  He cried out in anguish and loneliness, and in answer, God sent him light.  God had not abandoned him. And he will never abandon us. I felt so moved by this that I tried my hand at a short stanza of poetry to commemorate such moments when God rushes to encourage the lonely and suffering among us.

The silent comfort of the sun

Exceeds the speed of light,

Rushing earthward to the one

Who breaks beneath the weight of night.


8 Responses to “Favorite Bible Verses: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:45-46)”

  1. Bad Wolf said

    Nicely done.

  2. Rita said

    Larry, thanks so much for sharing what has been revealed to you. It brings comfort and reassurance; love your poem.

  3. Whitney said

    This is great!
    Have you tried any hymn writing?

    • lehunt said

      Thanks! No, that stanza is sort of a ballad form, I believe, but I haven’t tried writing anything to be put to music. Is that what you mean by hymn writing?

      • Whitney said

        We should write some hymns! You don’t have to write to music if you don’t want to. You can write something with which is sets of 8 syllables– is also really common. Let me know if you’re interested!

      • lehunt said

        Sure, sounds fun!

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