The Final Week...(day four)
Wednesday (Nisan 13): Praise the LORD!
Bible Text: Psalm 117; Psalm 118:22
Psalm 117: Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol Him, all peoples! For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!
Psalm 118:22: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
Additional Readings: Mark 14:26, Psalm 113-118, Revelation 5
It’s Wednesday and the final pieces are coming together. Even though the gospels have no record of Wednesday before the Passover, we know that Jesus spends the day in Bethany preparing for the last supper with His disciples. The Sanhedrin are plotting Jesus’ demise. Judas is planning his betrayal. Other than that, not much is know about “Silent Wednesday,” so what truths can we walk away with?
Let’s set the stage for Thursday. Right now it’s Wednesday and tomorrow at twilight the passover lambs are going to be slaughtered. Mark 14:26 gives us a little insight into the passover dinner. After Jesus and the disciples had eaten Mark says, “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” Tradition holds that the song the Jews sang after the passover dinner was called the ‘Egyptian Hallel.’ Psalm 113-118 comprised these songs of praise. So during the passover dinner, Jewish families, Jesus, and His disciples are singing these songs. Why does this matter? Well look at some of the lines of this psalm: “Praise the LORD, all nations!” and “Extol Him, all peoples!” Even though those singing these praises might of not fully realized it, they were proclaiming Christ’s redemption of the nations. The very one who was about to be crucified on a tree would be the perfect lamb of God slaughtered to redeem the nations!
Not only are the Jews singing about Christ’s redemption of the nations, but that also proclaim His victory over sin and His headship of the church. Psalm 118:22 says, “the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” That rejected stone is Jesus - soon to be handed over and killed - only to raise back to life victorious over sin and triumphant as the cornerstone of the church!
On this silent Wednesday, we, like the Psalmist, can praise God and celebrate His faithfulness. We worship because Christ overcame the grave, died for the nations, and it the very foundation of our faith!
Read a chapter or two of the Egyptian Hallel (Psalm 113-118). What do these songs of praise teach us about God?
Heavenly Father, your steadfast love and faithfulness have no end! We thank you for Jesus, who was sent to die so that we might live. Even though Jesus was rejected by men and killed on the cross, we celebrate His victory over sin and His position as cornerstone of the church. We are grateful to read your word and view it in light of the cross. Father, there is no one greater than you and there is no greater love than your’s for us. And for that we praise your name! Amen.