Jesus prays for a third time (Mt 26:44-26:44)

“So!

Leaving them again,

Jesus went away.

He prayed

For the third time,

Saying the same words.”

 

καὶ ἀφεὶς αὐτοὺς πάλιν ἀπελθὼν προσηύξατο ἐκ τρίτου, τὸν αὐτὸν λόγον εἰπὼν πάλιν.

 

This is unique to Matthew, but implied in Mark, chapter 14.  In Luke, chapter 22, and John, chapter 22, there was nothing more about these extra prayers of Jesus.  In fact, Matthew even mentioned that after Jesus left them again (καὶ ἀφεὶς αὐτοὺς πάλιν), he prayed for a 3rd time (ἀπελθὼν προσηύξατο ἐκ τρίτου), saying the same words as before (τὸν αὐτὸν λόγον εἰπὼν πάλιν), that sound redundant.  Jesus would follow the will of his Father, so let’s move on.

Thanksgiving to Yahweh (Ps 118:1-118:1)

“O give thanks to Yahweh!

He is good!

His steadfast love endures forever!”

Psalm 118 opens without a title but with a shout out of thanks to Yahweh. As was often repeated the English “good” is only one “o” different that the English “God”. Thus the English God is good is almost redundant. Another major theme was the steadfast enduring love of God that once again dominates this call to worship.