There is a verse in Matthew that has left generations of Christians doubting and confused and tonight I
want to make this verse clear to you.
Matthew 27:46 (KJV)
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to
say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
The denominational answer to the question of why God would forsake Jesus Christ was that He (God)
couldn’t stand sin so He turned away from Jesus Christ. That is a lie from the pit of hell. It says in Job
that the Devil has direct access to God and talked with God and the Devil is the author, the inventor of
sin. So it couldn’t be because God didn’t like sin! So, what is the answer?
Let’s look at Luke.
Luke 2:41-49 (KJV)
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and
Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him
among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the
doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus
dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s
John 19:30 (KJV)
30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head,
and gave up the ghost.
At twelve years old what did Jesus say? “wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”
What were the last word’s Jesus spoke before he died? “It is finished.” What was finished? His duties,
his responsibilities of doing God’s business!
John 16:32 (KJV)
32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall
leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.God was always with Jesus Christ!
Hebrews 4:14-15 (KJV)
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let
us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in
all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Sin is broken fellowship. Jesus Christ never sinned, never broke fellowship with God his father. He
always did the will of God.
John 10:30 (KJV)
30 I and my Father are one.
How can you separate one? You can’t!
Colossians 2:9 (KJV)
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
God never left Jesus Christ! He was with Jesus even in his crucifixion and death. It reminds me of Psalm
Psalm 23:4 (KJV)
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
The literal translation is Yea, though I die, I will fear no evil for you (God) are with me! If He won’t leave
you or me or the psalmist even in death surely He wouldn’t leave His only begotten son who always did
God’s will.
Let’s look at Matthew 27:46 again.
Matthew 27:46 (KJV)
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to
say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
The words “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani” are Aramaic words. The translators left them in because they
weren’t sure how to handle them. There is no such word as “lama” in Aramaic. However, there is the
word “lmna” which means “for this reason” or “for this purpose.”
“Sabachthani” is from the root word “shbk” or “shbq” which means to be reserved or spared. Usages of
this word are found in Romans 11:4, I Kings 19:18, and as “remain” in Deuteronomy 3:3, Joshua 10:33, II
Kings 10:11.
Romans 11:4 (KJV)
4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have
not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.1 Kings 19:18 (KJV)
18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every
mouth which hath not kissed him.
Deuteronomy 3:3 (KJV)
3 So the LORD our God delivered into our hands Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we
smote him until none was left to him remaining.
Joshua 10:33 (KJV)
33 Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua smote him and his people, until he had
left him none remaining.
2 Kings 10:11 (KJV)
11 So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks,
and his priests, until he left him none remaining.
So, the last part of Matthew 27:46 should be translated “My God, My God, for this reason (for this
purpose) was I reserved (spared.)
Jesus Christ hung on that cross for you and for me! He could have gotten off that cross any time he
wanted to. Nobody took his life he gave it up and all the while God was right there with him. Then, when
he had fulfilled all of God’s will he cried with a cry of triumph “MY GOD, MY GOD, FOR THIS PURPOSE
WAS I SPARED!” Then he said “it is finished” and gave up his life. Our redemption was complete!
Do not take the new birth (Rom. 10;9,10) and your position as a son of God lightly. It didn’t cost us
anything because it cost God and Jesus Christ so much!