Yeshua’s Thanksgiving Hymn

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In Yeshua’s Thanksgiving Hymn the Holy Spirit inspires Jesus to utter an Essene-style hymn that expresses gratitude for the divine revelation that was being disclosed to his followers.

Matt. 11:25-26; Luke 10:21

(Huck 67, 141; Aland 109, 181a; Crook 128, 205)[1]

בְּאוֹתָהּ הַשָּׁעָה שָׂשׂ בְּרוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ וַיֹּאמֶר אוֹדְךָ אָבִי אֲדוֹן שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ כִּי הִסְתַּרְתָּ אֵלֶּה מֵחֲכָמִים וּנְבֹנִים וְגִלִּיתָ אוֹתָם לִפְתָאיִם הֵן אַבָּא כִּי כֵּן רָצוֹן הוּא לְפָנֶיךָ

At that very moment Yeshua was filled with joy through the Holy Spirit, and he said, “I give thanks to you, my Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because although you hid these mysteries from the wisest of the wise in former generations, you have now revealed them to my own simple followers. Yes, Father, I thank you because this act of grace is what you desire.”[2]


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Conclusion

In Yeshua’s Thanksgiving Hymn the Holy Spirit inspires Jesus to utter an Essene-style hymn that expresses gratitude for the divine revelation that was being disclosed to his followers. It is probable that the mention of the Holy Spirit and rejoicing in the introduction to Yeshua’s Thanksgiving Hymn is an allusion to Psalm 51, which mentions the Holy Spirit as a harbinger of the joy of salvation. The content of Jesus’ hymn pertains to the wonderful privilege of seeing God’s redemption, which had been concealed from even the most deserving members of prior generations, being revealed to Jesus’ own simple followers in the present time. Yeshua’s Thanksgiving Hymn also hints at Jesus’ intimate relationship with God, whom he addresses as “Father.”

The caves at Qumran. Photo courtesy of Joshua N. Tilton.