Remember me (Lk 23:42-23:42)

“Then he said.

‘Jesus!

Remember me!

When you come

Into your kingdom!’”

καὶ ἔλεγεν Ἰησοῦ, μνήσθητί μου ὅταν ἔλθῃς εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν σου.

Only Luke uniquely indicated a completely different tone.  This criminal asked Jesus (καὶ ἔλεγεν Ἰησοῦ) to remember him (μνήσθητί μου) when he came (ὅταν ἔλθῃς) into his kingdom (εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν σου).  Suddenly, this good thief turned to Jesus, not as a mere innocent man, but someone who was going to come into a new kingdom.  There was no indication whether this was a political or religious kingdom.  However, the assumption would be an eternal kingdom, since any hopes of a political earthly kingdom was fading fast.  Luke had this dialogue between Jesus and this kind criminal or the good thief at his side, while he was hanging on the cross.  John never mentioned any interaction of Jesus with either one of these two criminal bandits.  Only Luke had this story about the good and the bad thief, while Mark and Matthew had both thieves taunting Jesus.  Do you want Jesus to remember you when he comes into his kingdom?

Remember me (Ps 89:46-89:48)

“How long?

Yahweh!

Will you hide yourself forever?

How long will your wrath burn like fire?

Remember!

Yahweh!

How short my time is?

For what vanity have you created all mortals?

Who can live?

Who can never see death?

Who can escape the power of Sheol?”

Selah

The psalmist continues his complaint. He wanted to know how long Yahweh would hide himself. How long would his anger continue? He reminded Yahweh that his life was short. No one can live and not see death. Sheol awaited all. No one could escape from the power of Sheol, the underground world of nothingness. This section ended with the musical interlude meditative pause of Selah.