“... three kings of that country went to adore a certain king who was newly born, and carried with them three offerings, namely, gold, frankincense, and myrrh: gold, that they might know if he were an earthly king; frankincense, that they might know if he were God; and myrrh, that they might now if he were a mortal man”Persian tradition - Marco Polo
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Eloi eloi lama sabachthani
Jesus said this on the cross.
In those days, chapters weren’t numbered.
- They have pierced my hands and feet.
- They say, “Call to the Lord for help.
If he likes you so much, surely he will rescue you!”
- My bones have separated...
- My enemies are looking at me;
They divide my clothes among themselves, and they throw lots for what I am wearingPsalm 22
Crucifixion is a horrific way to die.
My bones have separated...
And John tells us why Jesus’ tounge might stick to the top of his mouth:
Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty”
It seems strange to both divide the clothes up, and throw lots for them.
- When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining.
- “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another.
- This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,
“They divided my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment”John 19