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
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：
- 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）。