What a blessing that was to have been able to go to Israel last year! I don’t think we hit all the spots where we went. Writing about our visit made me recall Mark Driscoll’s series on Luke, where he mentions some sites that would have been nice to visit.
Do you recall from early Religion classes where they teach you that when Jesus said, “I thirst,” it meant that the people finally had compassion for him and gave him “a cloth soaked in vinegar propped on a stick’ so he could quench his thirst? Mark D asks, “Were they really being compassionate?” What was the cloth soaked in vinegar propped on a stick used for in Jesus’ time?
A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. John 19:29
If you are free, watch the whole video (1:12), but if you are in a hurry and just want to get to the answer, read the transcript, and find out what the cloth soaked in vinegar was for. I recommend watching the whole video though.