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Psalm 22: An Astonishing prophecy at the heart of the Hebrew Scriptures

Take a good look at this...

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?

But I am a worm and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. I am poured out like water and all my bones are our of joint; my heart is like wax; it has melted within me.

My strength has dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue clings to my jaws; You have brought me to the dust of death For dogs have surrounded me; the assembly of the wicked has enclosed me. They pierced my hands and feet; I can count all my bones. They look and stare at me. They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.

What do you make of it?

Who do you think said it?

When did it happen?

Many people have been puzzled by Psalm 22 because, although Israel’s King David speaks as though he himself was going through this terrible ordeal, much of the terminology is very difficult to apply to David himself.

Who is this man of God who feels so completely rejected by both God and man and is condemned to such an appalling death?

One thousand years after David wrote the Psalm, these eye-witness reports were written:

When they had mocked him, they ... led him away to be crucified... Then they crucified him and divided his garments...¹

After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” ²

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice saying ... “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?”! ³

Psalm 22 is just one of many passages in the Hebrew Scriptures in which the experiences of a man of God foreshadow the experiences of the Messiah. The sufferings described by king David were ultimately fulfilled in the death of Jesus of Nazareth hundreds of years later.

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Footnotes

1. Gospel according to Matthew 27:27-37: “Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified. Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross. And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull, they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink. Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: ‘They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots’. Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

2. Gospel according to John 19:28-30: “After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, ‘I thirst!’ Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”

3. Gospel according to Matthew 27:45-51: “Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, ‘This Man is calling for Elijah!’ Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. The rest said, ‘Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.’ And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split…”

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