March 29, 2018

Maundy Thursday
Psalm 118:1-29
Israel’s Story, by Missy Iley

Psalms 113-118 constitute the Hallel (Praise) of the Jewish festivals. It appears that during the Jewish Passover meal of the first century, Psalms 113-114 were sung before the final meal blessing, and Psalms 115-118 were sung after the final blessing. These were most probably the hymns Jesus and his disciples sang in the context of their Passover (Matthew 26:30 and Mark 14:26). The theology of these songs is directly related to the theology of both the Passover and the Lord’s Supper.

Psalms 113-118 are thanksgiving songs. Israel sang them as thanksgiving for God’s redemptive deliverance from Egyptian bondage. They remembered and rejoiced over the Exodus. Israel also sang them in anticipation of the Messiah. Every Passover anticipated the Messianic banquet and thus was filled with hope and expectation for the final deliverance of God’s people.

As you read today’s passage, hear the words of Israel sharing their story of the One True God. Hear their voices raised together as one looking forward to the coming Messiah.

Tonight, March 29, our church family will come to the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper during our Maundy Thursday Service at 7pm in the Worship Center.