Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Title: Forsaken By God
By: Pastor Isaac Yim

Psalm 22: 1-2

From Halley’s Bible Handbook, we have the following on Psalm 22, a Messianic Psalm – Prophecy on the sufferings of Christ:
“This sounds like a cry of anguish from David, but though written a thousand years before Jesus, it is so vivid a description of the crucifixion of Jesus that one would think of the writer as being personally present at the Cross. Jesus’ dying words (Psalms 22:1), the sneers of his enemies (Psalms 22:7-8), the piercing of his hands and feet (Psalms 22:16), and the casting of lots for his garments (Psalms 22:18) are some of the events here described. None of these statements are applicable to David, or to any other known event or person in the history of mankind, except the crucifixion of the Son of God.”

This Messianic Psalm very graphically predicts Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross. From the beginning to the end this Psalm is about Jesus. Jesus is fully (100%) man and God at the same time. This Psalm consists of two parts: One part on the sufferings of Christ, and the other of the glory that follow His cries, agonies, discouragements, desertions, death, then His glory and the blessedness of His salvation.

A list of the predictions in Psalm 22, are being fulfilled in Jesus as recorded in the Gospels:
− Psalm 22:1 “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46).
− Psalm 22:7-8 All those who see Me ridicule Me; … “He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him.” He was mocked. (Matthew 27:41-42; 27-30).
− Psalm 22:16 They pierced My hands and My feet (Matthew 27:35, Mark 15:24 “And they crucified Him”).
− Psalm 22:18 They divide My garments among them. And for My clothing they cast lots. (Matthew 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34; John 19:23-24).
− Psalm 22:15 “My tongue clings to My jaws;” He thirsts while He was on the cross. (John 19:28 “I thirst.”)
− Psalm 22:31 They will come and declare His righteousness to be a people who will be born. That He has done this. (John 19:30 He (Jesus) said, “it is finished!” And bowing His head. He gave up His spirit.”).
King David wrote this 950 years before the crucifixion of Jesus. It is amazing that all that David predicted were fulfilled to the dot. As I reflect on this Psalm, several words pop up in my mind. All these words are words of suffering like pain, anguish, rejection, shame, mocking, insults, humiliation and finally death. The death’s nail ends all misery. This is not how it ends. The man-God who knew no sin, died for your sin and mine. He bore the sins of the whole world.

Jesus stood alone in death to represent us, and all mankind. Salvation doesn’t come cheap because Jesus paid that price for you and me. He rose from the dead. He conquered death. The Word of God says, “Call on the Name of Jesus, you will be saved.”

Today, there are still people who mocked Jesus, like when He was suffering on the Cross, “If you are Christ, save Yourself and us.” Jesus did save Himself. His resurrection is proof. He can save you too. I hope you will say to Jesus, “Lord remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And this is what Jesus will answer you, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” If you have not received Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, now is the best time to do so. Pray this simple prayer from your heart:
Lord, Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask You to come into my heart to be my Lord and Saviour. I want to love and serve You all the days of my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Prayer for today
Dear Lord Jesus, my Saviour, I thank You that You will never forsake me. I am secure in the palm of Your hands. I am sorry it was my sin that You died for. Lord, I thank You that You have spared me from such extreme physical pain and agony which You have gone through. However, Lord, as we journey through this fallen world, we suffer rejection, shame, insults and humiliation from people often who are close and near to us. We bring these agonies and anguish to You. Lord, often we feel no one would understand but Lord, I am thankful You do understand. Because You have gone through all these on the cross of Calvary. You did not become a victim but You become a Victor. Lord, in You and You alone we place our hope as we walk through the Valley of Death. Thank You Lord, You will never leave us nor forsake us.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen

每日灵粮
星期二, 2020年10月13日
标题:被上帝遗弃
作者:严以撒牧师
翻译:陈晓佩姐妹

诗篇 22:1-2

哈利的圣经手册(Halley’s Bible Handbook),有以下关于诗篇22,一首弥赛亚诗 —— 基督受苦的预言:
“这听起来像是大卫的痛苦呼喊,尽管是写在耶稣之前一千年,它却如此生动地描述了耶稣的被钉十字架,人会认为作者是亲身出现在十字架前。耶稣的遗言(诗篇22:1)、祂的敌人的嗤笑(诗篇22:7-8)、 祂的手和脚的钉痕(诗篇22:16)、祂的衣服被拈阄(诗篇22:18)都是此处描写的一些事件。这些陈述都不适用在大卫身上,也不适用在任何其他事件或人类历史里的人物身上,除了上帝的儿子被钉的这事件。”

这首弥赛亚诗绘图式地预言耶稣在十字架上所遭受的痛苦和死亡。这诗篇一开始到结束都是关于耶稣。耶稣是完全(100%)的人,同时也是上帝。这首诗篇包括两个部分:一部分是基督的受苦,另一部分是随着祂的呼喊、痛苦、挫伤、背弃,死亡而来的荣耀,之后祂的荣耀和祂救恩的祝福。

诗篇22里一系列的预言,都已经在福音书中记载的耶稣身上应验了:

  • 诗篇22:1 “我的神,我的神!为甚麽离弃我?”(马太福音 27:46)
  • 诗篇 22:7-8 凡看见我的都嗤笑我;… “ 他把自己交托耶和华,耶和华可以救他罢!耶和华既喜悦他,可以搭救他罢!” 祂被嘲笑。(马太福音27:41-42;27-30)
  • 诗篇22:16 他们扎了我的手,我的脚 。(马太福音 27:35,马可福音15:24 “ 他们即将他钉在十字架上”)
  • 诗篇22:18 他们分我的外衣,为我的里衣拈阄 。(马太福音27:35;马可福音15:24;路加福音23:34;约翰福音19:23-24)
  • 诗篇22:15 “我的舌头贴在我牙床上” 当他在十字架上渴了。(约翰福音19:28 “我渴了。”)
  • 诗篇22:31 他们必来把他的公义传给将要生的民,言明这事是他所行的。(约翰福音19:20 耶稣说:成了!便低下头,将灵魂交付神了)。

大卫王在耶稣被钉的九百五十年前写下这诗篇,令人惊讶的是大卫所预言的都丝毫不差地实现了。当我思考这首诗篇时,有些词语浮现在我的脑海中;它们都与受苦有关,如痛苦、悲楚、拒绝、耻辱、嘲弄、侮辱、侮慢和死亡。那死亡的钉子结束了所有的痛苦。但,这不是它的结局。无罪的人神,为您和我的罪而死。祂担当了全世界的罪。

耶稣独自一人代表我们并全人类面对死亡。救恩不是廉价的,因为是耶稣为您和我偿还了罪债。祂从死里复活,祂战胜了死亡。上帝的话说:“凡求告主名的,就必得救。”

今天,仍然有人嘲笑耶稣,就像祂在十字架上受苦的时候一样,“你若是基督,可以救自己和我们吧。”祂的复活就是铁证。祂也可以拯救您。我盼望您会向耶稣说,“主阿,祢的国降临的时候,求祢记念我。”而耶稣会如此回应您:“我实在告诉你,今日你要同我在乐园里了。”如果您还没有接受耶稣做您的主和救主,现在就是最适当的时候了。在您的心中做这个简单的祷告:

主耶稣,我相信祢是上帝的儿子。谢谢祢为我的罪孽死在十字架上,求祢赦免我的罪并恩赐我永远的生命。我邀请祢进入我的心中作我的主和救主。我愿意一生爱祢和事奉祢。奉耶稣的名。阿门。

今日祷告
亲爱的主耶稣,我的救主,我要谢谢祢因祢总不离弃我。我安稳地在祢的手中。对不起,是我的罪令祢为我死。主阿,谢谢祢,祢使我免受祢所经历的极度的皮肉之痛并创伤。但是,主阿,当我们穿越这个堕落的世界时,我们遭受那些通常与我们亲近的人的拒绝、耻辱、侮辱和侮慢。我们把这些极大的痛楚和苦闷带到祢的面前。主阿,我们常常觉得没有人可以理解我们,除了祢;我感谢祢,祢了解。因为祢已经在各各他的十字架上经历了这一切。祢没有成为一位受害者而是一位胜利者。主阿,当我们经过死荫的幽谷时,我们把盼望唯独寄托在祢里面。感谢主,祢绝不离开我们,也不撇弃我们。
奉主耶稣的名。阿们。

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