Psalm 22. The Psalm of the Crucifixion.


May 5, 2019

Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday,
May 5, 2019

The dispensation of the Hypostatic Union is that the deity and the humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ dwelt inside of a human body as the God-man as never before.

Our Lord lived in one of three options that He possessed which was deity and humanity and also the hypostatic union or of the God-man in action.

There were times that our Lord operated in His deity, in His humanity; followed by Him operating in the uniqueness of the God-man dwells together in one person forever, the Lord Jesus Christ.

He spoke from His deity at times such as in JOH 10:30 “I and the Father are one [and the same].”

There were times when our Lord would say things just from His humanity, His human nature.

JOH 19:28   After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I am thirsty.”

Deity and humanity or His nature of the Hypostatic Union; our Lord said Joh 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.

It begins with a phrase that is written and quoted in all three languages that the Bible was written in which is Aramaic, Hebrew and the koine Greek.

 

This is one of the only verses in the Bible that is given in all three original languages because it is such a powerful verse it demands the utmost honor and respect.

The Psalm of the Crucifixion, Psa 22.

PSA 22:1 My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?
Quoted by our Lord MAT 27:46  “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”

Asaah kiy translated He has performed it, or He has completed or finished whatever it was that He performed.

This Psalm is actually a photograph of our Lord’s darkest hours and a record of His dying words.

My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me, in no way invalidates the claim that this was to be a prophecy concerning our Lord Jesus Christ upon the Cross.  

Although David and his afflictions may be here in a very real and modified sense, all who see the Lord Jesus Christ will neither see nor care to see David in this Psalm.

JOH 12:21 – concerning those Greeks who were searching for truth and wisdom and they came to Philip and began to ask him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

There is no greater accurate expression of our Lord’s thoughts and feelings during the awful six hours on the cross in all of the Scriptures than what we have in Psalm 22.

It was a phrase that caused the Jews to mock but the elect angels to rejoice.

”cry out by day refers to the first three hours on the cross during the daytime from 9 a.m. ‑ 12 noon.

The night time refers to the continued prayer of our Lord during the darkness that surrounded the cross from 12 NOON ‑ 3 PM, when He was being judged for our sins.

In the brightest time of day, 12 noon to 3PM, it was the darkest hour of all eternity, both past, present and future, all of them are a part of eternity, which has no beginning and no end.

PSA 139:12   Even the darkness is not dark to Thee, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to Thee.

When our Lord was on the cross being judged by God the Father for our sins, not His but Ours! Our Lord knew that however things may look there is no injustice and unfairness with God.

Do you believe DEU 32:4  “The Rock! His work is perfect, for all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.

1CO 10:4  and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.

Many people speak evil of God when they are under His afflicting hand but not so with our Lord, He knows His Father too well to let outward circumstances defame His character.

Psa 22:4‑5, our Lord even pointed out to the Father that the believers in the Old Testament trusted in Him and because they did He delivered them.

“Our fathers trusted in You [faith‑rest]; they trusted, and You delivered them [You answered their prayers].

There are some excellent reasons why God the Father could answer certain individuals in the Old Testament, hear their prayer, and also rescue them but He couldn’t do the same for His own Son.

We are trying to understand why some passages seem to say or insinuate that our Lord was getting weak, starting to doubt, living in fear, etc.

Out of all their difficulties and miseries, their faith brought them out of it by calling God to the rescue but in the case of our Lord, His perfect faith brought no assistance from Heaven.

Think about this – another gem — Of all the ones who ever trusted in God throughout their lifetime, He would be the only one forsaken by God.

There are times that it may seem that God has forsaken you, but we will never be forsaken by Him in HEB 13:5 “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

Our Lord felt Himself to be comparable to a helpless, powerless, down-trodden worm, passive while crushed and unnoticed and despised by those who walk upon Him.

“And I am not a man” means “I no longer even appear human.”

  1. For example, the soul is made up of the conscience and therefore the believer must make sure that the conscience does not become seared but is purified by the “Word of God;” Titus 1:15.

TIT 1:15  To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.

  1. The soul also is the area that we make our decisions from which is what we call our volition and the freedom we have to choose; GAL 6:7; Col 3:24-25.

GAL 6:7  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.

ROM 14:12  So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.

  1. The soul also houses our self-consciousness so that we know and understand who we are “in Christ” and how we became like Him; 1Co 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am,

1JO 3:2 “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.”

  1. The soul is where we develop character and integrity as we fill our soul with doctrinal viewpoints in the fourth area of the soul which we call the mentality of the soul.

PRO 23:7   For as he thinks within himself, so he is.

  1. We have a fifth basic truth concerning the soul and that is the place and function that emotions and feelings have a part to play.

The emotions can be positive or negative, however, it is important that we realize that emotions cannot think so never make important decisions based upon “how you feel.”  

The very people who would have once have crowned Him have now condemned Him.

Psa 22:7 says He was being ridiculed by gesture.

Think about it…..Man made faces at Him before Whom angels vail their faces and adore.

MAT 27:39  And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads,

MAT 27:40  and saying, “You who {are going to} destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

Priest and people, Jews and Gentiles, soldiers and civilians, all united together to hurl abuse at Him, mock Him while He was dying for those very sins.

Which makes you wonder or shocked the most, the cruelty of man or the love of the Savior?

Our Lord’s prayer was heard by all who were there, and they saw that it wasn’t answered but they did not know that it couldn’t be answered.

The answer to that is found Psa 22:3 again, why couldn’t God answer our Lord while He was on the cross?

Psa 22:3  Yet Thou art holy, O Thou who art enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

He was being judged for our sins; He was our substitute; He was taking our place.

During His time on the cross, He could only be judged; and during His judgment His prayer could not be answered.

This was fulfilled in MAT 27:41  In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking {Him,} and saying,

MAT 27:42  “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we shall believe in Him.

MAT 27:43  “He trusts in God; let Him deliver {Him} now, if He takes pleasure in Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.'”

HEB 12:3  For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.

It should be obvious once again that life begins at birth not in the womb.

His great sorrow was that God had forsaken Him; His great prayer is that He [the Father] would be near Him [the Son].

These bulls represent the Roman Military and was fulfilled in MAT 27:1  Now when morning had come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death;

Fulfilled in MAT 26:59  Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, in order that they might put Him to death;

MAT 26:60  and they did not find {any,} even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on, two came forward,

Like hungry cannibals they opened their blasphemous mouths as if they were about to devour the one they hated.

LUK 22:44  And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.

JOH 19:36 For these things came to pass, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, “Not a bone of Him shall be broken.”

MAR 14:33-34, And He took with Him Peter and James and John and began to be very distressed and troubled. And He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death;”

PSA 22:15  My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my jaws [there’s your reference to Joh 19:28 when our Lord cried out “I am thirsty”];

All His strength was dried up in the tremendous flames of divine justice just as the innocent Passover Lamb was roasted in the fire.

The dogs represent anyone who was not Jewish, they were called “dogs” as gentiles.
The evildoers refer to the scribes and the Pharisees.

LUK 23:10  And the chief priests and the scribes were standing there, accusing Him vehemently.

LUK 23:11  And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him, dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate.

”They pierced my hands and my feet”  was a fulfillment of Zec 12:10 and another reason why this Psalm does not ultimately refer to David but to our Messiah.

Fulfillment of ISA 52:14  Just as many were astonished at you, My people, So His appearance was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men.

MAT 27:36  And when they had crucified Him, they sat down, and they began to keep watch over Him there.

MAT 27:35  And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots;

The sword is found in ZEC 13:7  “Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the man, My Associate,” Declares the Lord of hosts. “Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered;

The power of the dog represents the Romans who were Gentiles.

The Lion’s mouth is a reference to Satan in 1PE 5:8 Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

LUK 22:53  “While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours.”

The truth of the matter is that here where Satan did his worst, Jesus Christ did His best.

The cross is where the adversary was stripped of his authority.

For The Lord Jesus Christ bore in His body on the cross the sins of all men, and therefore annulling the rights of the evil one to accuse and enslave them.

REV 12:10  And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come,

for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night.

REV 12:11 “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.

Our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, links up His cross and the victory won on the Cross, with the glo­rious future and life that He promises to all of those who believe in Him.