There are certain bible verses that I read, and I end up scratching my head thinking “…huh?”
I don’t understand why you would include that in the canon of scripture. Sometimes I read a verse and think “well duh!”
Often times it is the obscure verses, the ones that make you go “well duh!” that will have depth and give you an “aha moment.”
The verse I want you to check out today is… wait for it…
Mark 14:26 which says: Then they [Jesus and the 11 disciples] sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.
I have read this verse multiple times without it making a large impact on me. So Jesus and His disciples sang a song. What’s the big deal?
Well to answer that question we need to know that a Jewish holiday called “Passover” was happening. And on this particular night of passover a song would be sung from the “Hallel” which includes Psalm 136:
Thank God! He deserves your thanks. His love never quits.
Thank the God of all gods, His love never quits.
Thank the Lord of all lords. His love never quits.
Thank the miracle-working God, His love never quits.
The God whose skill formed the cosmos, His love never quits.
The God who laid out earth on ocean foundations, His love never quits.
The God who filled the skies with light, His love never quits.
The sun to watch over the day, His love never quits.
Moon and stars as guardians of the night, His love never quits.
The God who struck down the Egyptian firstborn, His love never quits.
And rescued Israel from Egypt’s oppression, His love never quits.
Took Israel in hand with his powerful hand, His love never quits.
Split the Red Sea right in half, His love never quits.
Led Israel right through the middle, His love never quits.
Dumped Pharaoh and his army in the sea, His love never quits.
The God who marched his people through the desert, His love never quits.
Smashed huge kingdoms right and left, His love never quits.
Struck down the famous kings, His love never quits.
Struck Sihon the Amorite king, His love never quits.
Struck Og the Bashanite king, His love never quits.
Then distributed their land as booty, His love never quits.
Handed the land over to Israel. His love never quits.
God remembered us when we were down, His love never quits.
Rescued us from the trampling boot, His love never quits.
Takes care of everyone in time of need. His love never quits.
Thank God, who did it all! His love never quits!
You easily notice a theme:
“His love never quits.”
Jesus and His disciples sing, “His love never quits” 26 times. (go ahead and count them)
That may not seem very important, however, when you look at how someone who is Jewish writes out the name “Yahweh” they would write it “YHWH”. Each character is given a number in Hebrew. Y is given the value 10. H is given the value 5. W is given the value 6.
Now add those numbers together:
26 times, Jesus and His disciples were declaring the very nature of YHWH by singing this hymn “HIS LOVE NEVER QUITS.”
Going back to Mark 14, Jesus was just about to enter one of the most pressured-filled, terrible, painful, awful, abandonment-filled, and alone times in His life. In verse 36 Jesus says, “Abba, Father… everything is possible for You. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not mine.” Jesus was going to experience what it is like be cut off from the Father.
What kept Jesus going? The truth that God loved him and that His path was best. During this week let us remind ourselves that what is going to keep us going isn’t a positive attitude or having the right moral fortitude, but instead remembering that the plan of God (YHWH) is good, and His love never quits.