337 – Psalm 22 – Introduction Part 2
How would you react to the suggestion that the Holy Bible is a supernatural book? Maybe we should define the word “supernatural” before we go any further. Simply defined, “super” means above, and “natural” means our physical observable world. So I would suggest the Bible is a book that goes beyond the physical.
What makes it “super”? Many things that we don’t have time to consider, but in thinking about the Bible versus any other book we discover both share some significant characteristics. They both have at least one Author. Both contain words collected into sentences, paragraphs, and chapters. I would also argue that both communicate a specific message or messages.
One very important difference between any other type of book and the Bible is although they both can be predictive only the Bible makes predictions with one hundred percent accuracy. This is one of two characteristics that makes the Holy Bible a “supernatural” book. The second, and probably most significant characteristic the Bible shares with no other book is that YHWH God authored it!
As we study through our Bibles we are often reminded that God authored it, and He tells us the future with a one hundred percent accuracy. Psalm twenty-two stands apart from the rest of the Psalms because in it David predicts around one thousand years from his time details about what the savior would experience at the cross – down to the very words He would utter!
Let’s look at the first verse of Psalm twenty-two.
Psalm 22:1 (LEB)
1 My God, my God why have you forsaken me? Why are you far from helping me, far from the words of my groaning?
Remember David penned these words a millennia before Christ was born and yet we have two New Testament verses that record Jesus saying these very words from the cross.
Matthew 27:46 (LEB)
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)
Mark 15:34 (LEB)
34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which is translated, “My God, my God, ⌊why⌋ have you forsaken me?”)
The skeptic may claim, “Jesus knew the Psalms so well that He was just quoting David”. We could spend several sessions together discussing the foolishness of that claim, but we won’t. Suffice it to say, that statement quickly unravels as we read further into Psalm twenty-two and discover the surprising accuracy of this window into the future David was peering into.
I am convinced no human being who has ever lived, or ever will live can fully grasp and comprehend Jesus. Sure we can know exactly the facts the Bible tells us about Him. We can also know some things about Him experientially as we enjoy our individual relationships with Him, but since we cannot fully comprehend YHWH God, we cannot fully comprehend Jesus. What really does it mean that Jesus was (and still is) fully God and fully Man? Maybe I can say it this way, “though we can know about Jesus and we can know Him personally it is beyond our human capacity to know the depths of who is this Jesus”. On one level we can understand the anguish Jesus must have felt as He cried out in agony, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me”, but we can never know His pain. It is His alone.
I am amazed, humbled, and deeply grateful that Jesus suffered so for you and for me. Without His life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension you and I would be lost for all of eternity.
YHWH Jesus is truly worthy of all Praise, Worship, Adoration, Obedience, and Service!