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    Jesus' Death and Psalm 22 

    What do Jesus' last words and Psalm 22 have in common? Quite a bit, actually! I've been reading through the Psalms lately and have come across some interesting parallels between it and the words Jesus spoke during His crucifixion. 

    Jesus is famous for crying out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" not too long before His death. It was always explained to me that Jesus had taken on the sins of the world through the crucifixion, and was therefore "in sin" when He died, and so God turned His back on the Son. 

    Well, I propose Jesus was actually quoting/reciting Psalm 22. Check it out below, and be sure to read the whole thing! 

    Psalm 22

        For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.

     1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 
       Why are you so far from saving me, 
       so far from the words of my groaning? 
    2 O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, 
       by night, and am not silent.

     3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; 
       you are the praise of Israel.[a] 
    4 In you our fathers put their trust; 
       they trusted and you delivered them. 
    5 They cried to you and were saved; 
       in you they trusted and were not disappointed.

     6 But I am a worm and not a man, 
       scorned by men and despised by the people. 
    7 All who see me mock me; 
       they hurl insults, shaking their heads: 
    8 “He trusts in the LORD; 
       let the LORD rescue him. 
    Let him deliver him, 
       since he delights in him.”

     9 Yet you brought me out of the womb; 
       you made me trust in you 
       even at my mother’s breast. 
    10 From birth I was cast upon you; 
       from my mother’s womb you have been my God. 
    11 Do not be far from me, 
       for trouble is near 
       and there is no one to help.

     12 Many bulls surround me; 
       strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. 
    13 Roaring lions tearing their prey 
       open their mouths wide against me. 
    14 I am poured out like water, 
       and all my bones are out of joint. 
    My heart has turned to wax; 
       it has melted away within me. 
    15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, 
       and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; 
       you lay me[b] in the dust of death. 
    16 Dogs have surrounded me; 
       a band of evil men has encircled me, 
       they have pierced[c] my hands and my feet. 
    17 I can count all my bones; 
       people stare and gloat over me. 
    18 They divide my garments among them 
       and cast lots for my clothing.

     19 But you, O LORD, be not far off; 
       O my Strength, come quickly to help me. 
    20 Deliver my life from the sword, 
       my precious life from the power of the dogs. 
    21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; 
       save[d] me from the horns of the wild oxen.

     22 I will declare your name to my brothers; 
       in the congregation I will praise you. 
    23 You who fear the LORD, praise him! 
       All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! 
       Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! 
    24 For he has not despised or disdained 
       the suffering of the afflicted one; 
    he has not hidden his face from him 
       but has listened to his cry for help.

     25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; 
       before those who fear you[e] will I fulfill my vows. 
    26 The poor will eat and be satisfied; 
       they who seek the LORD will praise him— 
       may your hearts live forever! 
    27 All the ends of the earth 
       will remember and turn to the LORD, 
    and all the families of the nations 
       will bow down before him, 
    28 for dominion belongs to the LORD 
       and he rules over the nations.

     29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; 
       all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— 
       those who cannot keep themselves alive. 
    30 Posterity will serve him; 
       future generations will be told about the Lord. 
    31 They will proclaim his righteousness 
       to a people yet unborn— 
       for he has done it.

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    Reader Comments (2)

    So would Jesus' quote of the psalm be more a reflection of the fact that God was not physically saving Him from the cross rather than that God had spiritually turned His back on Him?

    We like to say that God is too holy to be in the presence of sin, that He can't or won't be there. Yet, God has to be present with us to move us to repentance in the first place. God can and must be in the presence of sin to accomplish anything with us.

    February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRev. Stephen R. Wilson

    I do think He might have been crying out for God to relieve Him of His physical pain and suffering, but I think Jesus may have quoted this for a few other reasons too.

    1. It applied to His immediate situation.

    2. The parallels seem prophetic such as verses 6-8; 10; 14-18.

    3. The onlooking Jews would have known this Psalm (and thus, back to point #2).

    4. This Psalm also encourages others to praise the Lord, and reminds them and the author that God does not despise or forsake His people (verse 24).

    "God can and must be in the presence of sin to accomplish anything with us." You make a good point. It isn't that God can't be in the presence of sin, but that "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23).

    February 23, 2012 | Registered CommenterA Christian

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