338 – Psalm 22 – The resurrection

I’ve already mentioned that Psalm twenty-two is a prophecy of Jesus’ crucifixion. Our first clue of course is found in the first verse. Let’s visit Psalm 22;1 again briefly because there is something specific I would like you to notice.

Psalm 22:1 (NKJV)

    1 My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?

    Why are You so far from helping Me,

    And from the words of My groaning?

Notice the letters I’ve bolded in the first part of the verse. The translator or publisher of the New King James Version capitalizes pronouns when they believe the antecedent is God Himself. The first word “My” is capitalized because it starts the sentence. But notice, the next “My”, the word “You”, and the word “Me” are all capitalized. “My God/You” refers to YHWH; clearly, the NKJV people believe the “Me” also refers to God. Since God doesn’t talk to Himself, it is no stretch to conclude that the “Me” pronoun refers to Jesus. Comparing Psalm twenty-two to the New Testament accounts of the crucifixion validates such a conclusion.

Compare Psalm 22:7- 8 with Matthew 27:39-40, 43.

Psalm 22:7-8 (NKJV)

          7       All those who see Me ridicule Me;

    They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

           8       “He trusted in [YHWH], let Him rescue Him;

    Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”

Matthew 27:39-40 (NKJV)

           39       And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads 

           40       and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

Matthew 27:43 (NKJV)

           43       He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”

Compare Psalm 22:18 with Luke 23:33-34

Psalm 22:18 (NKJV)

     18       They divide My garments among them,

    And for My clothing they cast lots.

Luke 23:33-34 (NKJV)

           33       And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.  

           34       Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

And they divided His garments and cast lots. 

There is a lot of useful if not heart-wrenching detail of the crucifixion found in Psalm twenty-two that I won’t get into, but it is worth your time to do the study. I would however like to draw your attention to something I find fascinating. 

Psalm 22:19-21 (NKJV)

19       But You, O [YHWH], do not be far from Me;

    O My Strength, hasten to help Me!

           20       Deliver Me from the sword,

    My precious life from the power of the dog.

           21       Save Me from the lion’s mouth

    And from the horns of the wild oxen!

 

    You have answered Me.

The first sentence in verse twenty-one ends Jesus’ cry for help from the cross. The publisher separated the second sentence of verse twenty-one from the first with an extra carriage return. Notice the words, “You have answered Me”! Wait, what? What does Jesus mean you have answered Me, He died on that cross. Did YHWH answer Jesus when He pleaded, “Deliver Me from the sword, My precious life from the power of the dog”?

All the verses that follow are suddenly positive, how is that possible? Jesus did die on the cross and yet His precious life was delivered through His resurrection from the dead!

Jesus did “declare YHWH’s name to his brethren” when He appeared to them after the resurrection (Luke 24:36-50). I cannot imagine having beheld with my own eyes the resurrected Jesus, can you?? Psalm twenty-two predicted it, and it was very clearly fulfilled.

Read the rest of the chapter on your own. Meditate upon its truths and allow Praise to YHWH to bubble up in your heart as you ponder His goodness towards man. YHWH truly is worthy of worship.

Notice particularly verses 27-31 and see if you don’t agree it is a clear prophecy of Jesus’ second coming and reign in the millennium kingdom.


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