Yeshua’s Prayer

Remember as we work through this study that Yeshua was fully human as well and therefore He experienced trauma the same way as we would. We will look through each of the Gospel’s accounts as to see a clear picture of what happened.

Matthew 26

36 Then יהושע came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the taught ones, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”

37 And He took with Him Kĕpha and the two sons of Zaḇdai, and He began to be grieved and deeply distressed.

38 Then He said to them, “My being is exceedingly grieved, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

39 And going forward a little, He fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I desire, but as You desire.”

40 And He came to the taught ones and found them asleep, and said to Kĕpha, “So, were you not able to watch with Me one hour?

41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into trial. The spirit indeed is eager, but the flesh is weak.

42 Again He went away, a second time, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is impossible for this to pass unless I drink it, let Your desire be done.”

43 And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.

44 And He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

45 Then He came to His taught ones and said to them, “Still sleeping and taking rest? See, the hour has come near, and the Son of Aḏam is delivered up into the hands of sinners.

46 Rise, let us go. See, he who delivers Me up has come near.

Mark 14

32 And they came to a place called Gethsemane. And He said to His taught ones, “Sit here while I pray.”

33 And He took with Him Kĕpha, and Ya‛aqoḇ, and Yoḥanan, and He began to be greatly amazed, and to be deeply distressed.

34 And He said to them, “My being is exceedingly grieved, even to death. Stay here and watch.”

35 And He went on a little, and fell on the ground, and was praying that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.

36 And He said, “Abba, Father, all is possible for You. Make this cup pass from Me. Yet not what I desire, but what You desire.”

37 And He came and found them sleeping, and said to Kĕpha, “Shim‛on, are you sleeping? You were not able to watch one hour!

38 Watch and pray, lest you enter into trial. The spirit indeed is eager, but the flesh is weak.

39 And again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words.

40 And having returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy. And they did not know what to answer Him.

41 And He came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come. See, the Son of Aḏam is being delivered up into the hands of the sinners.

42 Rise up, let us go. See, he who is delivering Me up has drawn near.

Luke 22

39 And coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, according to usage, and His taught ones also followed Him.

40 And coming to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you do not enter into trial.”

41 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and falling on His knees He was praying,

42 saying, “Father, if it be Your counsel, remove this cup from Me. Yet not My desire, but let Yours be done.”

43 And there appeared a messenger from heaven to Him, strengthening Him.

44 And being in agony, He was praying more earnestly. And His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

45 And rising up from prayer, and coming to His taught ones, He found them sleeping from grief.

46 And He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into trial.”

From the three versions above we can see the following:

  • The place at the Mount of Olives where Yeshua went was called Gethsemany
  • Yeshua’s taught ones (disciples) followed Him
  • Yeshua stopped the taught ones and separated Himself from them and took only Shimon Kepha, Ya’acob and Yohanan with Him
  • Yeshua was a stone’s throw away from His taught ones
  • Yeshua went to pray three times
  • Yeshua came back to Kepha, Ya’acob and Yohanan three times and each time found them sleeping with grief
  • Yeshua wanted them to watch with Him for an hour (this would be a Scriptural hour and not 60 minutes)
  • Yeshua’s sweat became LIKE blood dropping down and does not seem to say that it actually became blood
  • A messenger (angel) came to strengthen Yeshua
  • The taught ones were supposed to remain awake as to not enter into trial
  • Yeshua asked whether that cup could pass Him but accepted Yahweh’s will

Yeshua knew what He was about to face.

In the next study we will look into the betrayal and arrest of Yeshua.

Until next time.

Shalom

Mieke

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