David cook (AdventofMessiah) commented on what “virtualyeshiva.com” wrote about “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?. David wrote (his piece is in italics):
The writer(s) of the virtualyeshiva.com in his/her counter argument of Psalms 22 reason that since Yeshua quotes David in Psalms 22:1 as He is hanging on the cross and dying a heinous death, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46 NIV); they deduce that since Messiah was “forsaken” by His Father in heaven that therefore Messiah Yeshua is “unrighteous” based upon Psalms 37:25
I have been young and now I am old,
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
Or his descendants begging bread.
Psalms 37:25 NASB
In other words, the writer(s) reason that since Messiah was forsaken by His Father in heaven on the cross during His execution by crucifixion that His Father must have judged Yeshua and found Him “unrighteous”.
Orthodox Jews remind me of Muslims, who say that the Messiah Jesus could never be crucified because prophets of God don’t die.
“Al-Masih—”The Messiah” (Holy Qur’an 3:40). ‘His name shall be Messiah Jesus.’ Al Kamalan, the commentators, say he is called Al-Masih either because he was both blessed and anointed by the Angel Gabriel, or because whomsoever Jesus touched he healed.”
What I find very odd is how Jews (not “Messianic Jews,” of course) play down the idea of sacrifice – in Temple times – as an expiation for sin.
I listened to four talks by Rabbi Moishe Lichtenstein on “sacrifices” in the Torah. The gist of it was that sacrifices were pleasing to the Lord. I didn’t here anything significant – if anything at all – about the connection between sacrifice and sin.
So, what was those hundreds of years of millions of litres of blood running down those troughs through the temple, and all that blood spattered over pristine garments and altars – blood, blood everywhere, and all that gore for? To tickle the nostrils and taste buds of the Holy One of Israel, the LORD of Lords.
Chet, chet, chattah of a stiff-knecked people:
“Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed (Isaiah 6:10).
הַשְׁמֵן לֵב־הָעָם הַזֶּה וְאָזְנָיו הַכְבֵּד וְעֵינָיו הָשַׁע פֶּן־יִרְאֶה בְעֵינָיו וּבְאָזְנָיו יִשְׁמָע וּלְבָבֹו יָבִין וָשָׁב וְרָפָא לֹֽו׃
The rivers of sin and blood make sense when Jesus shows us how they become rivers of living water – not through DO DO DO, but through faith in the power of that blood. The Unapproachable Endless One drowning in the middle of a river of blood, spilled from His broken body – to rise and raise us to new life
Here is the link to the sacrifices talks
Talking about the righteous and suffering, Rabbi Lichtenstein gives a brief – very brief – talk on why the righteous suffer. The gist: “Who knows?”