The Apostle Paul put it this way:.
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Psalm concludes with a poetic prophecy of how the Messiah will exert his rule over all his enemies, fulfilled ultimately at the Battle of Armageddon and the final battle at the end of days spoken of in Revelation:. Verse 7 concludes the psalm with the Warrior-Messiah pausing to refresh himself at a brook as he is in pursuit of his enemy, and then continuing on, like Gideon at the Jordan, "faint yet pursuing. Psalm 22 is a remarkable psalm indeed. In the context of the Old Testament, it can be seen as a lament followed by a hymn of praise. But in the context of the New Testament, it must be clearly seen as a psalm pointing again and again to the crucifixion of Christ.
Frost went so far as to call this psalm the "Fifth Gospel" account of the crucifixion.
Peter notes that David was a prophet Acts Indeed he was filled with the Spirit at his anointing. But did David know what he was saying? I doubt it. When he wrote the first part of the psalm, he probably was expressing his own deep lament in highly figurative terms -- figures that were brought to his mind by the Holy Spirit. This side of the cross, however, those figures speak to us strongly of Jesus' crucifixion.
Were they intended by David to refer to the cross? Were they intended by the Spirit to speak of Jesus' crucifixion. Of that I have no doubt. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
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Before the Psalms were numbered, a particular psalm would be referred to by its first line. In speaking the first line of Psalm 22, Jesus pointed not to just the first verse, but to the whole psalm. However, his quoting the first line may be significant as well. Though we are probing here beyond the explicit teaching of scripture, when Jesus was on the cross bearing our sins, he may have felt spiritual separation from the holy God because of our sin he was bearing.
He felt alone because he took our sin and guilt upon himself. In the Qal stem it can mean 1 "to sit on anything, 2 "to remain, stay, linger," 3 "to dwell in a house, city, territory," and 4 of a place, city, or country being inhabited. God is everywhere; there is nowhere we can go where he is not Psalm But from our human perspective, when we worship and praise God we can certainly sense his presence much more easily.
By our praise, we declare him King, exalt him, and thus "enthrone" him before us. Rather than try to provide an exposition of the entire psalm, for the purposes of considering the messianic aspects of the psalm, I will focus on the verses that have the greatest correspondence with Jesus' crucifixion. While I have no doubt that the actual events of Jesus' crucifixion took place as recorded in the Gospels, it is probable that the terminology by which they were communicated was influenced by the words of this startling psalm that we are studying:.
Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. This remarkable psalm begins with a lament but ends with a hymn of praise in verses However, the author of Hebrews quotes verse 22 in reference to Jesus Hebrews And the final verses seem to point again to the Messiah that God would send:. His people would finally appreciate the depths to which the Son of God and Son of Man went to redeem us.
We do declare his righteousness! And we will pass on the "Greatest Story Ever Told" to our children's children, "to a people yet unborn -- for He has done it! Father, your ways are above our ways. Here in the Psalms, thousands of years before Jesus, you have set the stage, given the clues, and set in motion the plan.
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We come to you with reverent and awed hearts, O God. Thank you for your love expressed in Jesus our Messiah! In his mighty name, we pray. None of these three psalms seem to have become the theme of many popular hymns or praise choruses:. Psalms Bible Study: Experiencing the Psalms. A single copy of this article is free. Imagine Christ publicly acknowledging you among the heavenly host for your willingness to identify yourself with Him. I don't think Jesus will neglect to share His pleasure for every time we've communicated the good news of the gospel to another.
Jesus is telling the disciples that a time is coming when the cost of sharing the gospel will be high. He encourages them not to be concerned about what they will say when they're dragged before those in authority; the Holy Spirit will move on their behalf. Sometimes we're so worried about having the right answer to every question that we neglect to open our mouths. It's helpful to remember that the Holy Spirit is there helping us to communicate and also working in the hearts of those with whom we're sharing. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him John We're often so focused on what happens to those who deny Christ, that we forget that the gospel is good news. There are a lot of philosophies and religions vying for attention.
In the end, there has to be something that sets one apart and confirms its truth and value.
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The truth is that it's the gospel's fruit that proves the gospel's message—and there is no greater fruit than the love God's people have for each other. It's so important that we realize that the opposite is also true. Our inability to love and affirm one another undermines the gospel's message of reconciliation. Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. Why is evangelism so important? Because there is no other way to be reconciled to God but through Jesus Christ.
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In keeping with John 17 , it's imperative that we accept that our behavior and our fruit is a form of proof that reinforces our evangelism. The word "holiness" literally means "set apart. People will judge our words by our works. We need to have fruit that communicates the truth of the gospel we preach. Jesus speaks in future tense of the empowerment that will come through the Holy Spirit. This power will give potency to the disciple's message as they take the gospel to the ends of the earth. This power that was to be given via the Holy Spirit came soon afterward, and is available to all of us who seek to be obedient to our commission.
We have the power we need to fulfill our high calling!
To the first-century Jew, the idea that God's salvation would extend beyond Israel was completely foreign—despite the fact that God had always told Israel that through them all the nations would be blessed. All of us who follow Christ are part of His goal of redeeming the whole world to Himself. We are the light of the world. There is no plan B. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace Acts , NIV.
If you're looking for inspiration, tape up this verse all around your home. Paul's single-minded focus to fulfill his responsibility of sharing the gospel as widely as possible should energize us all.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile Romans , NIV. Our willingness to share the gospel puts us at the mercy of those who may scoff at our devotion. It only takes a couple times of being laughed at, ridiculed, or treated roughly for sharing the gospel before you're tempted to downplay your faith. Apart from the gospel, we would all receive our wages as workers of inequity. Christ's gospel has the power to swap out those wages for a free gift of eternal life!
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, "Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.
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How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!