The Holy Sponge is one of the Instruments of the Passion of Jesus Christ . It was dipped in vinegar (or in some translations sour wine ), most likely posca, a favorite beverage of Roman soldiers, and offered to Christ to drink from during the Crucifixion, according to Matthew 27:48, Mark 15:36, and John 19:29.
In Acts the Greek chole is translated bitterness while in Matthew 2:34 it is translated gall . The root word implies a substance of a greenish hue, like liver bile, while in Matthew’s account of the crucifixion it is a decoction of some product in wine, likely derived from a plant. Bitterness is widespread in plants.
Stephaton, or Steven, is the name given in medieval Christian traditions to the Roman soldier or bystander, unnamed in the Bible, who offered Jesus a sponge soaked in vinegar wine at the Crucifixion.
And when you add acid to your beverage, not only is it more delicious, it seems more thirst quenching , too. “Research shows that sour-tasting beverages—such as vinegar and lemonade—are better at stimulating salivation than are other drinks,” writes Michael Dietsch in Shrubs, An Old-Fashioned Drink for Modern Times.
Have some bread and dip it in the wine vinegar .” When she sat down with the harvesters, he offered her some roasted grain. She ate all she wanted and had some left over. They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst. As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is a sluggard to those who send him.
According to Church tradition, Veronica was moved with sympathy seeing Jesus carrying the cross to Calvary and gave him her veil so that he could wipe his forehead.
Watch more. “Unlike John the Baptist, Jesus drank wine,” explains Father Kendall, adding: “From the descriptions it was most likely a Seder meal.
4469, 4538. 3. ” mixed drink,” ” mixed wine ,” “drink-offering;” the word is “properly a mixture of wine and water with spices that increase its stimulating properties.” kerasma (“mixture”) מזג
1 : brazen boldness coupled with impudent assurance and insolence had the gall to think that he could replace her. 2a : bile especially : bile obtained from an animal and used in the arts or medicine. b : something bitter to endure. c : bitterness of spirit : rancor.
And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi Eloi lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Perhaps he was thirsty for renewed fellowship with his loving Father. Perhaps Jesus yearns for his resurrection, and his return to the Godhead in eternity, to experience again the sublime companionship of God the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Eastern Christianity According to the sacred tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church the True Cross was made from three different types of wood: cedar , pine and cypress .
That could have been a big benefit, given that tainted water has been known to ravage armies more effectively than battle. Vinegar was also thought to help stave off that scourge of militaries throughout history—scurvy.
The Miracles of Jesus The raising of the widow’s son. The feeding of the 5,000. The healing of a paralysed man. The stilling of the storm. The resurrection.
Why would soldiers have consumed a drink made of diluted vinegar ? Diluted vinegar has been used as a strengthening and energizing tonic by the military throughout the ages. Roman soldiers called this refreshing drink “posca”, and used it regularly as did the Japanese samurai.