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Bible: What Does Psalms 22-24 Teach Us About The Crucifixion, the Shepherd's Psalm, and The King's Coming?
The Crucifixion Prophesied
Jesus' Death on the Cross
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Psalms 22-24: The Crucifixion in Prophecy/The Good Shepherd/Spiritual Qualities of the King's Worshipers
Christ's Abandonment on the Cross
In the midst of lonely suffering, David cries out to his apparently uncaring and absent Deity (v. 1; cf. Matt. 27:46).
[Christ used David's words recorded in this Psalm to communicate the separation that humanity's sins caused between Himself and His Father. Compare 2 Corinthians 5:21].
[A note on structure: the phrase . . . “far from Me” appears in vv. 1, 11, and 19, effectively dividing the text into three parts.
From the beginning of the psalm, the NKJV translators capitalize the “m” in “My,” assuming that the Messiah is speaking throughout.]
All day long he pleads for deliverance, but his God remains silent (v. 2).
Yet as if to check any rash thinking, the psalmist recalls both the holy majesty and historical faithfulness of the LORD (vv. 3-5).
[David emphasizes the trust of his fathers as the key element in their eventual deliverance.]
He contrasts these realities with his present deplorable state in which enemies mock him (vv. 6-8; cf. Matt. 27:43).
Despite his distress, David hangs tough by remembering his relationship with his God from birth (vv. 9-10).
The Awful Physical Pain of Crucifixion
Verses 11-18 vividly depict a scene of overwhelming emotional and physical pain.
To David, onlookers seem like strong, voracious beasts ready to gore, trample or devour him (vv. 12-13); extreme weakness from excessive thirst and torture nearly finishes him (vv. 14-15).
Gentiles (“dogs”) close in on and gaze at him (cf. v. 12), while others confiscate his clothes (vv. 16-18; cf. Matt. 27:35).
[The statements “They pierced My hands and My feet” and “I can count all My bones” speak volumes as to the method of execution: crucifixion (vv. 16b-17a).
The Messianic prophetic implications are apparent, yet how did these experiences relate to David’s life (if at all)?]
David continues to cry out for deliverance from these life-threatening dangers (vv. 19-21). Finally, an answer comes from the LORD (v. 21b).
The rescued one pledges to praise God among His people (v. 22), and exhorts Israel to do likewise (vv. 22-23) because Yahweh has seen fit to save him (v. 24).
David again vows to praise the LORD before all the people (v. 25).
He then describes millennial scenes of plenty (v. 26), universal worship of the LORD (vv. 27-29), and faithful testimony to God's righteousness (vv. 30-31).
[This psalm’s parallels with Jesus' life and crucifixion appear so clear that only a blind, unbelieving heart can fail to understand and appreciate the wonderful accuracy of this prophecy]!
The Good Shepherd
The Good Shepherd
Contentment, rest, peace, and security constitute some of the benefits that accrue to the sheep of this Shepherd.
[Obviously, the psalmist uses metaphors here; “sheep” symbolize God’s people, and the “Shepherd” is the LORD].
The psalm testifies how the LORD provides His follower’s physical and emotional needs (vv. 1-3a), and leads him to do what is right (v. 3b).
His comforting presence and fellowship during dangerous circumstances greatly comfort him (v. 5).
David rejoices over these daily blessings and his eternal security in the LORD (v. 6).
[This psalm reflects wonderfully upon how God's favor and care remain with the believer throughout this life of troubles, and on into eternity.]
The King is Coming!
The King is Coming!
Verses 1-2 establish the LORD's ownership of the earth and its inhabitants.
Granting this fact, David asks about the spiritual qualifications of those who would worship Him as King and Owner.
He answers, in essence, that they must possess “holiness in thought, deed, and word” (vv. 3-4; cf. Ps. 15:1. 4).
The LORD blesses such a one who thus seeks Him (vv. 5-6).
Issuing two nearly identical calls for “the gates” and “the everlasting doors” to pay attention and obey his command (vv. 7a, 9a), the psalmist joyfully announces the eagerly anticipated arrival in Jerusalem of the victorious King of glory, the LORD of hosts (vv. 7b, 8, 9b, 10).
[Only the Landowner can authorize and establish requirements for stewards.]
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