Saving IsraelAnd where was He put to death? In themidst of Jerusalem.
Saving IsraelBy whom? By Israel: because Hecured their lame, and cleansed theirlepers, and gave light to their blind, andraised their dead!
Saving IsraelThou, O Israel, wast giving commands,and He was being crucified; thou wastrejoicing, and He was being buried;thou wast reclining on a soft couch,and He was watching in the grave andthe shroud.
Saving IsraelO Israel, transgressor of the law, whyhast thou committed this new iniquity,subjecting the Lord to new sufferings—
Saving Israelthine own Lord, Him who fashionedthee, Him who made thee, Him whohonoured thee, who called thee Israel?
Saving IsraelBut thou hast not been found to beIsrael: for thou hast not seen God, norunderstood the Lord.
Saving IsraelThou hast not known, O Israel, that thiswas the first-born of God, who wasbegotten before the sun,
Saving Israelwho made the light to shine forth, wholighted up the day, who separated thedarkness,
Saving Israelwho fixed the first foundations, whopoised the earth, who collected theocean, who stretched out thefirmament, who adorned the world.
Saving IsraelBitter were thy nails, and sharp; bitterthy tongue, which thou didst whet;
Saving Israelbitter was Judas, to whom thou gavesthire; bitter thy false witnesses, whomthou stirredst up;
Saving Israelbitter thy gall, which thou preparedst;bitter thy vinegar, which thou madest;bitter thy hands, filled with blood.
Saving IsraelThou slewest thy Lord, and He waslifted up upon the tree;
Saving Israeland an inscription was fixed above, toshow who He was that was slain. Melito of Sardis, “On Faith” fragment V (ANF 8)
Saving IsraelIs this the bitterness of the firstantisemitic attack, or the bitterness of alament?
Saving IsraelMelito’s tone of scolding is strong,maybe even harsh; but is it more harshthan the scoldings of the prophets?
Saving IsraelEzekiel 34:8Because my shepherds have notsearched for my sheep, but theshepherds have fed themselves, andhave not fed my sheep;
Saving IsraelEzekiel 34:9-10therefore you shepherds, hear the wordof the Lord: Thus says the Lord God, Iam against the shepherds ...