Helping in whatever way you can

Matthew Bible Background

New Testament: Matt 27.47–48

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 27.32–66 on February 14, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

In great agony, Jesus cried out while on the cross: “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” Some who heard Him did not realize that He was calling on God, but since Jesus was in pain and hanging from nails in His hands, His speech was not clear to them. So they thought that He cried out for the prophet Elijah. They could not help Him with that, so they did what they thought would help:

Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!” Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink.

– Matthew 27.47–48

They sought to relieve Him at least a little, although it was not the request that He was making. They did their best, which is what the Lord wants from us.


  • What does: Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani, mean?
  • What do you do when you are in extreme pain?

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