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Messianic Psalm

Psalm 22:1-19

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The fact that this song is written by David is not debated, however, there are those who believe it is autobiographical and not a Messianic Psalm. The evidence against such view is overwhelming. Though the scripture contains volumes of material written by David or about David, there is no record of him ever being without a helper (vs. 11), or that he was despised by the people (vs. 6), actually, the converse is true-he was beloved by his contemporaries and really, still to this day. There is no account of him being stripped of his clothes (vs. 17), or in a state of near-death exhaustion (vs 14-17). Neither is there a record of his feet and hands being pierced (vs 16) or that people ever leered at him (vs. 17) or that anyone ever cast lots for his clothes (vs 18).

Compounded by the fact that early Jewish scholars understood Psalm 22 to be a Messianic Psalm, (Pulpit, vol 8, p. 151) I find it difficult to understand this Psalm as applying to anyone but Jesus Christ-the Messiah. This morning I want to spend the majority of the time we have together reading from Psalm 22 and from the New Testament passages that show Jesus fulfilling the words of the poet. I will reserve a few minutes at the end to make a couple of summary comments about the texts we will be reading.

[1] "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning." (NASB) 

Matthew 27:46 (NASB) "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, 'Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?' that is, 'My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?' 

[2] "O my God, I cry by day, but Thou dost not answer; And by night, but I have no rest." 

Luke 22:41-46 (NASB) "And He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, [42] saying, 'Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Thine be done.' [43] Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. [44] And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. [45] And when He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow, [46] and said to them, 'Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.'"

[3] "Yet Thou art holy, O Thou who art enthroned upon the praises of Israel. [4] In Thee our fathers trusted; They trusted, and Thou didst deliver them. [5] To Thee they cried out, and were delivered; In Thee they trusted, and were not disappointed. [6] But I am a worm, and not a man, A reproach of men, and despised by the people." 

Matthew 27:20-23 (NASB) "But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes to ask for Barabbas, and to put Jesus to death. [21] But the governor answered and said to them, 'Which of the two do you want me to release for you?' And they said, 'Barabbas.' [22] Pilate said to them, 'Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?' They all said, 'Let Him be crucified!' [23] And he said, 'Why, what evil has He done?' But they kept shouting all the more, saying, 'Let Him be crucified!'" 

[7] "All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying, [8] 'Commit yourself to the Lord; let Him deliver him; Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.'" 
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