Lenten mishmash-midrash, ii.

We continue to explore Lenten mishmash-midrash
looking at psalms that seem to make promises
and offer assurances we do not see fulfilled
in the life of Jesus … not in the way you might expect.

This is based on the lectionary psalm
for the second Sunday of Lent: Psalm 27.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27:1a)

They watched him and sent spies who pretended to be honest
in order to trap him by what he said (Luke 20:20).

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1b)

All who think it is better for another (or others)
to die for the “greater good (John 11:50).

When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh—
my adversaries and foes—they shall stumble and fall (Psalm 27:2).

The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands,
and they will kill him (Mark 9:31).

Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident (Psalm 27:3).

If the world hates you, be aware
that it hated me before it hated you (John 15:18).

One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after (Psalm 27:4a):

My Father, if it is possible,
let this cup pass by me … (Matthew 26:39).

to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble (Psalm 27:4b-5a);

So they picked up stones to throw at him,
but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple (John 8:59).

he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will set me high on a rock (Psalm 27:5b).

You know that after two days the Passover is coming,
and the Son of Man will be handed over
to be crucified (Matthew 26:2).

Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me (Psalm 27:6a),

All of them condemned him as deserving of death (Mark 14:64b).

and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord (Psalm 27:6b).

With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last (Mark 15:37).

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me!
“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, Lord, do I seek.
Do not hide your face from me (Psalm 27:7-9a).

From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem
and undergo great suffering (Matthew 16:21).

Do not turn your servant away in anger,
you who have been my help.
Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,
O God of my salvation (Psalm 27:9b)!

You will all become deserters
because of me this night (Matthew 26:31).

If my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will take me up (Psalm 27:10).

He was in the world,
and the world came into being through him;
yet the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
and his own people did not accept him
(John 1:10-11).

Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.
Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they are breathing out violence (Psalm 27:11-12).

Now the chief priests and the whole council
were looking for false testimony against Jesus
so that they might put him to death (Matthew 26:59).

I believe that I shall see
the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13).

Then they will hand you over to be tortured
and will put you to death and you will be hated
by all nations because of my name (Matthew 24:9).

Wait for the Lord; be strong,
and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14)

I don’t know. I just don’t know.

Teach me your way, O Lord.
Be my light and salvation.


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