BellaVista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

06/26/2019

Randall Caselman

 

Our Faith Agreement With God

 

  Blood running down His face from the crown of thorns, His back hanging in ribbons from the scourging, His face bruised from the beating, slapping, fisting; nails in His hands and feet. Every muscle ached. David describes His pain: "All my bones are out of joint; My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within Me. My strength is dried up, My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth, I can count all My bones. My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me? (Psalm 22. 14-15, 17, & 1). In His pain, Jesus uttered seven phrases from the cross. We focus on one: "Into Your hands I commit My spirit." A direct quote from an opening prayer in Psalm 31.

 

  I understand that the Jewish evening prayer was one where the worshiper entrusted their soul to God for the night by saying: "Into Your hands I commit my spirit." Then, in the morning prayer, the worshiper expressed his or her gratitude to the Heavenly Father for safely returning their soul. We taught our children to pray similarly: "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep."

 

  It's interesting that this prayer is picked up by Jesus as He cried out in dying pain: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”  The Hebrew word for"I commit" is "afkid" and has the connotation of something that is deposited and will be reclaimed in the future. This would have Jesus saying "I deposit My spirit." It would be like depositing our money in the bank. We have a fiduciary agreement with them, we expect to be able to get our deposit back. The Hebrew has an unequivocal meaning of the temporary deposit of one's spirit into the hand of God, into His custody. Jesus is simply expressing His faith and trust in the Father. He knew full-well that He would receive it back because he had a fiduciary agreement with the Father. Indeed, three days after the "deposit" He received it back again.

 

  So, the question becomes, do you and I have such a fiduciary agreement with the Father? We must!! Hebrews 11.6 tells us that without it we cannot be pleasing to God. Have we committed, deposited, our soul with Him by dying to sin and being raised to walk a new life? Paul tells us when this fiduciary agreement occurs: "You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ"..."We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life" (Galatians 3.26-27 & Romans 6.4).

 

  By faith and trust in God, we commit, deposit, our soul, our marriage, our career, our finances, our entertainment choices, our morals, our religious activity, our trials and pain, our joys and sorrows– Knowing full well that we will receive His promise to walk with us here and eternal life after death.

 

  My prayer is that we've all committed, deposited, our life and future into His care.

 

—Randall Caselman