Psalm 22

Last week, we talked about Psalm 22 a bit. Here’s another interesting quirk about Psalm 22…

It has nothing to do with empty or full buckets, but this is particularly nifty if you haven’t seen it before. Psalms 22-24 are considered a group called “The Shepherd Psalms” by some scholars23. They’re all Messianic. Psalm 22 talks about Jesus’ suffering as the Good Shepherd24. The 23rd talks about Jesus’ provision for us as the Living or Great Shepherd. The 24th is an exaltation of the Chief Shepherd. Let’s have a closer gander at 22. When you read that earlier, did any of it strike you as familiar? Take a peek at these similarities between Psalm 22 and the Crucifixion.

Psalm 22 Crucifixion
verse 1 Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34
verse 8 Matthew 27:42, Luke 23:35
verses 14-17 (Medical journals have analyzed the effects of crucifixion and come up with similar descriptions25), Revelation 1:7
verse 18 Matthew 27:35, Mark 15:24, Luke 23:34, John 19:24
verse 31 John 19:30

Remember that the method of capital punishment in David’s time was stoning, not crucifixion. That didn’t come along until the Assyrian Empire. Then the Romans got wind of the idea many years later and used it extensively26. David couldn’t have known about a procedure that hadn’t even been invented in his day, and yet he detailed the effects of crucifixion and Jesus’ experience on the cross as if he’d been through it himself. This is just another proof that the Bible is indeed inspired and crafted by the Holy Spirit.

 

Endnotes:

23 Missler, Chuck. Verse by Verse Commentary on Psalms. Koinonia House.

24 Ibid., John 10:11,14

25 Missler, Chuck. Verse by Verse Commentary on Psalms. Koinonia House.

26 Ibid.

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