Luke 23:46 – And Yeshua called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit.” Saying this, he breathed his last.
We can draw great insight from the final words of Yeshua as he hung on the cross. Everything related to those final hours and moments of his earthly life were drenched thick with meaning.
It is a common understanding that when a Hebrew speaker is quoting a section of Scripture, the hearer would instantly understand the context of the quote and recognize that the entirety of the passage is in view. In the case of Yeshua’s final words, we are hyper-linked back to Psalm 31.
Psalm 31:5 – Into your hand I entrust my spirit; you have redeemed me, Yahweh, God of truth.
Yet this statement of hope is embedded in the midst of some of the most dire circumstances, as other stanzas within that psalm describe.
Psalm 31:9-11, 13 – Be gracious to me, Yahweh, because I am in distress; my eyes are worn out from frustration — my whole being as well. Indeed, my life is consumed with grief and my years with groaning; my strength has failed because of my affliction, and my bones waste away. I am ridiculed by all my adversaries and even by my neighbors. I am dreaded by my acquaintances; those who see me in the street run from me. … I have heard the gossip of many; terror is on every side. When they conspired against me, they plotted to take my life.
By placing the words and full context of this messianic psalm on the lips of Yeshua, the psalm comes to life and describes his thoughts as he was in the throes of the most hideous of circumstances. Nevertheless, we can draw great hope and inspiration from faith and trust that Yeshua places in Yahweh, even amidst the most painful suffering and humiliation a human could be exposed to.
Psalm 31:7, 14-16 – I will rejoice and be glad in your faithful love because you have seen my affliction. You know the troubles of my soul … But I trust in you, Yahweh; I say, “You are my God.” The course of my life is in your power; rescue me from the power of my enemies and from my persecutors. Make your face shine on your servant; save me by your faithful love.
Some of the most powerful statements of trust in God that can be uttered are, “into your hands I commit my spirit,” and “the course of my life is in your power.” If we really believed that the course of our life, our very existence, is within the power of God, I believe that we might live differently with a unique and much more powerful perspective. To commit our spirit into the hands of God is the ultimate act of de-throning our Self and allowing God to guide us in a way that seems best to him.
Is this what Yeshua would want for us, to love Yahweh enough to fully commit our whole being to him? Well, if we consider the psalm as being in his mind and on his lips as he hung on the cross, he tells us so himself within its final verses:
Psalm 31:23-24 – Love Yahweh, all his faithful ones. Yahweh protects the loyal, but fully repays the arrogant. Be strong, and let your heart be courageous, all you who put your hope in Yahweh.
When we accept Yeshua’s admonition to faithfully love Yahweh, his hope and trust become our hope in trust, no matter how insurmountable our own circumstances may appear.
Note: (Recently, I received an email from a dear reader regarding this article and her comments were so thoughtful and encouraging, I requested her permission to post them here, which she has graciously allowed).
Greetings in Yeshua,
I found a comment in Tumblr that took me to your Core of the Bible and the above-named article.
I am 68 years old. I am retired and also working for His Majesty, however He chooses. Most of the time I am amazed He still keeps me on the payroll. The payroll in my life is called Social Security now.
This word “trust” which Yeshua used and you go on to then use throughout your page. I had to start my personal life over again at the age of 39. Took me a few years to stop grieving and get on with it, but I did. And in 2001, I began homeschooling my last child, in Alaska, where it’s not odd at all to do that.
I began to teach her theology (the Messianic Nazarene type) with “the most important lesson you will ever learn.” She even knows the right answer now, no matter what. That answer is, trust God. Two words. Trust God. Now some know Yeshua as God’s Word Incarnate, or as some of his other capacities like Lamb of God (who takes away the sins of the world). And some, like non-Messianic Jews, know of the Father only and still think God’s Word is a book (Torah scroll). Yet, both they and we both know the Ruach HaKodesh.
That river flows both ways. If I know the Father, He will give me Yeshua. If I know Yeshua, he will give me God, our Father. Because He is in him, and Messiah is in the Father. I suspect very much you know all this.
But, for those who don’t. What means this “faith” thing that they are to do? It means to trust Yeshua (or even Jesus, where he is only known by that Name).
I learned how important trust is by being married to a man who broke our marriage even while we were only engaged. Then, on the date of our divorce (17 years later) he came to “hit on” me, at my home, and that, with a fiancé already, waiting for him at his new home. I should never have trusted him.
Yet, like him, I had stopped trusting in Jesus (as we knew him then) somewhere along the way.
That is called apostasy. It’s a horrible thing to realize and have to repent of, but not the worst. So, when a Pastor preaches it like he’s Peter in the pulpit, but no long trusts Yeshua for everything, anything, everyday, that’s apostasy too. When seen in that light, perhaps I am not the only one who can see why our churches empty all across the USA now.
The good news is apostasy not the unforgivable sin. It does seem as if it might be the worst sin, but it’s not. It turns out, trusting God for every little thing is a bit like lifting heavy weights. One has to work up to pressing the higher weights. Then, God just changes it up!
That’s how come I know trust, and entrust (as Yeshua says), are the most important things to know and to do rightly, because those lessons were learned over 30 years ago now. I’ve had some practice now. It’s actually, the only part of our salvation that we get to do, the “trust God” part. Sometimes, all I got out of my mouth as our car spun out of control was “J…” Just the J (it was before I learned his Hebrew name). How did I call upon His Name without doing it yet? Well, God knew when the saving had to be done, and He saw my heart. My heart was trusting Him.
Yeshua showed us how to be saved with that one, and final, sentence. There is no “faith” without trust in YHWH. Also, everyone has faith of a kind. The mustard seed. Even the most seriously mentally ill person. You sit on a chair, and it holds you up. You sat because you had faith it would hold you up. Unless, it falls. Then, likely you will place your chair sitting “faith” on the couch or a different chair. When someone stands up, they expect the ground to remain solid and not turn into a sinkhole right then and there. That takes faith. Trust. Everyone has some ability to trust something with what tiny ability to trust that remains. That’s what this “faith” is all about.
100% of it needs to be in Yeshua, God’s Living Word, His Right Hand, he does the rest.
Thanks for letting me comment.
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